GM Lemon Lawyer

There’s nothing worse than owning a General Motors vehicle such as a Chevrolet, GMC or Cadillac that has chronic transmission, electrical, or mechanical problems. Whether it’s an automatic transmission that fails to effortlessly shift gears or a grinding noise that you can’t identify or a radio screen that malfunctions, this is a headache that causes frustration every day. If you have problems with your Chevrolet, GM, or Cadillac vehicle, there is a law firm that may be able to help. Neale & Fhima has successfully represented many clients who own GM vehicles with defects.

Why Choose Us as Your GM Lemon Lawyer

Not all GM lemon lawyers in California are alike. Neale & Fhima attorneys are exceptional. Attorney Aaron Fhima is a tough negotiator with a keen legal mind. He has been handling lemon law cases for years, and he knows the complexities and nuances of the state statute. California’s lemon law is a fine example of how the state legislature can empower consumers, but when it comes to clarity, the text of the statute can be vague. Our GM lemon lawyer understands the quirks of the statute, as well as the many court opinions interpreting it. We have successfully representing hundreds of consumers who have had defective Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac vehicles. We put our knowledge to work for you. We have many satisfied clients who happily refer their friends and family to us.

Neale & Fhima has a 99% success rate in winning lemon law cases on behalf of our clients. We know how to maximize compensation in lemon law claims. Not only do we excel in lemon law cases, but if you ever need a pedestrian accident lawyer, our team is here to assist. Your legal remedy may be a phone call away. Call us for a free consultation at 888-407-2955.

How We Can Help

Our GM lemon lawyer treats every client with respect and full attention. You are not a number on a case file for us. Following are the ways we can help with your GM lemon law buyback or replacement. We will:

  1. Explain your legal rights and your options for a remedy
  2. Gather evidence that supports your claim
  3. Draft all necessary documents and deliver them to the appropriate entities
  4. Negotiate with manufacturers and dealerships to rectify your situation.

You’re in good hands when you have a Neale & Fhima GM lemon law attorney on your side.

Neale & Fhima has a 99% success rate in winning lemon law claims.

GM Lemon Law

You’re in luck – California has one of the most extensive lemon laws in the nation to ensure protection of GM vehicle owners. If it turns out that you have a lemon, your options for a remedy include:

  • Repurchase
  • Replacement
  • Cash and Keep

A GM lemon is a car, SUV, truck or other vehicle that has chronic mechanical or electrical problems. These may have arisen as soon as you bought the vehicle or even months or years after purchase. Whether it’s due to a transmission defect or a myriad of other braking, steering, or chassis problems, a defective vehicle lemon law lawyer can provide guidance, these GM vehicles never perform correctly no matter how many times you take them in for repairs. To determine whether you have a lemon law claim, check to see if your vehicle is still under the original manufacturer’s warranty. If it is, you probably have a claim. If you own a used vehicle, then you will need one of three specific warranties to have a lemon law case. Before initiating a legal claim, you need to have made a “reasonable number of attempts” to get your vehicle repaired. If you believe your vehicle might be a lemon, consider consulting a used vehicle lawyer to understand your rights.

How Do I Know for Sure If I Have GM Transmission Problems?

Faulty transmissions can be identified pretty easily and are caused by specific malfunctions, according to Firestone Complete Auto Care. Some of these include:

  • Low or dirty transmission fluid by leaking, contamination, or age
  • Worn gear synchronizers (manual transmission systems only)
  • Worn clutch (manual transmission systems only)
  • Failed needle roller bearings (automatic transmission systems only)
  • Your vehicle shifts roughly
  • Your vehicle shakes while driving
  • Your vehicle hesitates when accelerating
  • A loud noise or clunking noise occurs when your vehicle shifts gears

One of these may be worth looking into. Some of the signs of transmission problems include transmission slipping, grinding, or jumping during acceleration when the car is shifting gears; car shaking at any speed; and a burnt smell coming from under your hood. If you’ve experienced a car accident due to such issues, contacting a distracted driving lawyer might be a wise decision. Fluid visibly leaking from the vehicle is another sign, according to Firestone. Torque converter problems and solenoid problems (controls the flow of fluid through the transmission) are also something to watch out for, according to CarsDirect.

FAQs: General Motors Lemon Law

Our skilled attorneys hear some of the same questions over and over from potential lemon law clients. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions.

  • Are there certain kinds of defects that are NOT covered by the General Motors lemon law?

    Yes. Defects caused by owner abuse and neglect, weather, traffic accidents, and repairs by a non-GM authorized agent will void the lemon law. Also, after-market parts are not covered by the lemon law.

  • Does the lemon law cover more than autos?

    Yes, the California lemon law covers cars, trucks, SUVs, RVs, motorcycles, boats, travel trailers and various other vehicles. Dealer-owned vehicles and demonstrators are also covered.

  • Do I have to go to court to prove my GM lemon law claim?

    Not necessarily. If you have a skilled and experienced lemon law attorney representing you, they can often negotiate a satisfactory settlement with General Motors without your having to step foot in a courtroom.

  • Does the lemon law cover private, as-is sales?

    Unfortunately, no. The lemon law covers only purchases from an authorized GM dealership or agent.

  • Who pays for my GM lemon lawyer?

    A consumer’s attorney fees and case expenses are paid by the manufacturer in successful lemon law claims.

If you’re uncertain whether you have a valid lemon law claim, the quickest way to find out is to speak to an experienced GM lemon lawyer. We offer free consultations, so what do you have to lose?

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GM Lemon Law Claims Process

California’s Lemon Law states that GM must offer lemon law buybacks for new cars if the manufacturer cannot repair a defect that has a substantial impact upon the

  • use,
  • value, or
  • safety of that vehicle

The safety issue doesn’t have to be life-threatening to qualify. It simply must be a problem that increases the likelihood of an accident or compromises safety. In a GM lemon law buyback, the manufacturer will take possession of your defective vehicle and refund the purchase price, including down payment, taxes, registration fees and other incidentals. They will also pay off the car loan by sending a check directly to the lending institution. Your refund will be reduced modestly to account for your use before your first repair attempt. This amount is calculated via the California buyback repurchase formula. If you choose the replacement option, General Motors will replace your defective vehicle with the same or a similar model.

Common defects that affect safety include:

  • Door locks don’t work
  • Electrical issues
  • Braking problems (not just squeaking)
  • Engine issues
  • Steering issues
  • Fuel gauges and speedometer don’t work
  • Battery dies regularly, or drains irregularly
  • Transmission issues
  • Poor acceleration

At Neale & Fhima, we pride ourselves on creating legal strategies that give our clients the best possible opportunities to succeed with their claims.

Statute of Limitations for GM Lemon Law Claims

The statute of limitations for filing a GM lemon law claim is four (4) years from the date a consumer knew or should have known that the vehicle was a lemon. This doesn’t mean that if you have had your vehicle for more than 4 years, you cannot bring a lemon law claim. Our GM lemon law attorneys have successfully “lemoned” vehicles that are more than 10 years old. Start the lemon law buyback or replacement process now by collecting your repair receipts and calling our office. After the statute of limitations expires, a judge can dismiss your case.

Recent Settlements for Neale & Fhima Clients

Whether you own a lemon GM vehicle or a model by another manufacturer, a lemon law attorney at Neale & Fhima may be able to pursue a successful buyback or replacement on your behalf. Here are examples of our successful cases:

  • Amber purchased a Ford Focus that ended up having an engine transmission defect. We fought on her behalf and, eventually, the auto manufacturer repurchased her car.
  • John had a Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG; he experienced tremendous problems with the steering wheel due to a column defect. Through our efforts, he was awarded $185,000 by a jury trial verdict.
  • Bianca had a Jeep Wrangler that had an engine/transmission defect that she was unaware of when she purchased it. We assisted her in getting the manufacturer to buy back her vehicle.

Contact a GM Lemon Lawyer Today

When your vehicle shudders, shakes, or makes annoying noises when it is changing gears or accelerating, it may have a chronic defect. If the problem persists after several repair attempts, you may have a valid lemon law claim. The team at Neale & Fhima is committed to each and every client’s case, and we give you our full attention. Here are a few of the reasons you should choose us:

  • Experience. Our attorneys have more than 40 years of combined experience representing clients throughout Southern California.
  • Results. We have achieved a 99% success rate on behalf of our clients.
  • Free Consultations. We will always discuss your situation with you in a free initial consultation before you make any decisions about a claim.

If you want to find out more and get an analysis of whether you might have a legal remedy, contact a skilled and experienced GM lemon lawyer today at Neale & Fhima. We will listen, ask you a few questions and explain your legal options. The phone call is free, so why not call us at 888-407-2955 to find out more!

Attorney Aaron Fhima

Aaron Fhima, California attorneyAaron Fhima is a trial attorney who has secured numerous settlements and verdicts against large corporations and some of the largest auto manufacturers in the world. Representing consumers and injury victims throughout the state of California, Aaron’s practice areas include personal injury, and lemon law litigation. Aaron has a long record of success taking on large defense firms; and he doesn’t hesitate to take cases to trial when necessary to enforce his clients’ rights. [ Attorney Bio ]