You waited and saved up a long time to buy that new Hyundai, and you had such big plans for the places you’d go. But not long after you drove it off the dealership lot, you began having problems – the engine started making noise, the car was juddering, the radio or navigation was not working properly, or a number of other mechanical or electrical flaws. Now is the time to contact a skilled Hyundai Lemon Law attorney.

In California you don’t have to put up with a defective vehicle.  There is a remedy under the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act.  Let an experienced lemon law lawyer at Neale & Fhima fight for your rights and secure financial reimbursement or a replacement vehicle.  We offer a free initial consultation, so you have nothing to lose.  Call us at (888) 407-2955.

If you own a Hyundai Tucson, Elantra, Sonata, Veloster or Santa Fe and it is defective, you may have a “lemon.”  If so, there is a legal remedy. The Hyundai Lemon Law can protect you.

Is Your Hyundai a Lemon?

A “lemon” is a truck, car, SUV, motorcycle or other motor vehicle that continues to give you trouble. Whether it’s defective engine, faulty transmission, electrical system malfunction or a myriad of other mechanical or electrical problems, a Hyundai like this never functions correctly no matter how many times you take it in for repairs. To determine whether you have a Hyundai Lemon Law claim, check to see whether your vehicle problems occurred while your vehicle was  under the original manufacturer’s warranty. If they did, you probably have a claim. If you own a used vehicle, then you will need one of three specific warranties to have a Hyundai Lemon Law claim. These warranties are discussed in greater detail in a separate section below. Either way, you need to have made a “reasonable number of attempts” to get your auto repaired before filing a legal claim. Find out more in: Do You Have a Lemon?

California’s Lemon Law

Under the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, if you purchase a defective auto, you are legally entitled to a refund, or the vehicle can be replaced at Hyundai’s cost. At Neale & Fhima, we fight the big auto manufacturers to enforce the Hyundai Lemon Law rights of people living in California. The state’s lemon law applies to both new and used cars.

Will Hyundai Buy Back My Car?

You’re in luck – California has one of the most extensive lemon laws in the nation to ensure consumers are not left holding a lemon. If it turns out that you have a defective vehicle, your options are 1) to have Hyundai repurchase or replace your vehicle or 2) negotiate a cash settlement with the manufacturer. When you hire Neale & Fhima, our Hyundai Lemon Law lawyers will help you take a look at your options so you can make a good decision. Find out more in: What to Do if You Have a Lemon.

The Lemon Law in California stipulates that your vehicle must have “nonconformities,” which are defined as any defect or malfunction that is covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. Nonconformities compromise the use, value or safety of the vehicle. A skilled and experienced Hyundai Lemon Law attorney can explain the ins and outs of nonconformities in greater detail and help determine whether you have a claim.

The statute of limitations under California’s Lemon Law is four years. If you have purchased or leased a lemon, start collecting copies of your repair bills and call a lemon law attorney right away.

How Does Hyundai Lemon Law Buyback Work?

At Neale & Fhima, we build legal strategies that give our clients the best possible opportunities to succeed with their legal claims. Find out more inThe Lemon Law Claims Process.

The first next step is to determine if your warranty was in effect at the time any of your vehicle issues occurred; remember, service contracts and extended warranties do not count most of the time. Then, check your paperwork to determine how many repair attempts were made for each particular defect, and that you have given the auto manufacturer a “reasonable number of repair attempts.”. If so, talk to an attorney today to help you file the claim.  Call a Hyundai Lemon Law attorney at Neale & Fhima at (888) 407-2955.

The law states that Hyundai must offer lemon law buybacks for new cars if the manufacturer cannot repair a defect that has a substantial impairs upon the . . .

  • use
  • value or
  • safety of that vehicle.

Whether the automotive defect has a substantial impairment upon these things is an objective test.  It is not enough for you to testify that you think the defect makes your vehicle unsafe to drive.  An experienced lemon law attorney at Neale & Fhima can help determine whether the defect has a “substantial impairment.”

Common defects that affect safety include:

  • Steering issues
  • Check-engine lights
  • Won’t start
  • Braking problems (not squeaking)
  • Faulty windshield wipers
  • Fuel gauges broken
  • Poor acceleration
  • AC does not work
  • Transmission is not smooth
  • Speedometer don’t work
  • Door doesn’t lock.

Under California law, your vehicle may be replaced or repurchased if it is a lemon. Call us at (888) 407-2955 if you have questions about these types of defects.

What About California’s Lemon Law and Used Cars?

Some used Hyundai vehicles are covered under California’s Lemon Law depending on whether your car has a warranty.  If you have 1 of 3 specific warranties, then you may have standing to make a claim.  A Hyundai Lemon Law attorney can help you determine whether you have the right kind of warranty to proceed with a claim.  Here are the three types of warranties that qualify:

Transferred New Car Warranty

As a buyer of a recent model used Hyundai, you may have a copy of the manufacturer’s new car warranty.  When a titled vehicle is sold to a new owner and the Hyundai is still under its original warranty period, the warranty protections transfer to you for the duration of that period.

Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) Warranty

“Certified Pre-Owned” Hyundai vehicles have more protections than typical used cars.  Only authorized dealerships can sell CPOs, so if you bought your Hyundai elsewhere this warranty will not apply to you.  Certified Pre-Owned means that these used cars have been inspected, repaired and resold, and therefore they come with a CPO warranty.

Lemon Law Buyback Warranty

If you buy a used Hyundai that was once a lemon (but the manufacturer repaired it and resold it), then you should have received a “lemon law buyback warranty.”  Hyundai is required by law to provide new owners of these buyback lemons a 12-month/12,000-mile warranty covering the lemon’s defect.

A Hyundai used car lemon law lawyer can help you determine whether you have a valid used car warranty that will ensure you have a Hyundai Lemon Law claim.

Contact a Hyundai Lemon Law Attorney Today

There’s a legal remedy you’re entitled to if you’ve purchased a Hyundai lemon.  Rather than wringing your hands or making one more trip to the mechanic, contact an experienced Hyundai Lemon Law attorney now. The experienced lemon law claims attorneys at Neale & Fhima have helped many disappointed consumers secure financial settlements or replacement Hyundais by proving that their clients were sold lemons. Call us today at (888) 407-2955 for a free initial consultation about your case. Don’t wait!

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 ]