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Did you purchase a Jeep for rough and rugged weekend camping trips or tailgating, only to discover it has mechanical or electrical problems, and you’re stuck with a lemon? A California Jeep lemon law attorney can be your next best friend if you’re looking for a legal remedy. Jeep lemon laws in California are buyer friendly.

Jeep Lemon Law Lawyer

California has one of the most extensive lemon laws in the nation to ensure consumer protection. If it turns out that you have a Jeep lemon, your options are to force the manufacturer to …

  1. replace your Jeep, or
  2. repurchase your Jeep (lemon law buyback).

In some cases, Neale & Fhima may also be able to negotiate a cash settlement with the manufacturer where you are compensated for the defect and keep the vehicle you have. You don’t have to get stuck with a Jeep Cherokee, Renegade, Wrangler, or Compass that has defective brakes, steering, drivetrain, or any other flaws that cause safety issues or compromise the Jeep’s use or value. Hire a California Jeep lemon law attorney to get your claim started.

Why Choose Us

At Neale & Fhima, we bring more than 40 years of experience to fighting for justice in lemon law cases in California. We have hundreds of satisfied clients, and our legal team will impress you with their knowledge and professionalism. We take a thorough, aggressive, and personal approach to representing our clients. We want to make sure you have a vehicle that is reliable, safe, and worry-free when your claim is completed. Attorney Aaron Fhima has an exceptionally keen legal mind, and Neale & Fhima is proud of our outstanding record of success in winning Jeep lemon law claims.

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

How Our Jeep Lemon Lawyer Can Help

Neale & Fhima can do many things to increase the likelihood of success in your Jeep lemon law claim. Following are the ways we can help. We will:

  1. Explain your legal rights and your options for a remedy
  2. Help you gather and organize the appropriate documentation
  3. Negotiate aggressively with the vehicle manufacturer to achieve your preferred outcome
  4. Argue your case in court, if necessary.

When you talk to Neale & Fhima, a Jeep lemon lawyer will assess your specific situation so you can make an informed decision about next steps. For a free initial consultation, call us at 888-407-2955.

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Determining Whether Your Jeep Is a “Lemon”

A “lemon” is any Jeep, whether a basic or deluxe edition, that has a chronic defect requiring multiple repair appointments. Whether it’s poor traction, engine leaks, electrical malfunction, or any of a dozen other mechanical or electrical problems, these Jeeps never function properly, no matter how many times you take them to the mechanic. To determine whether your Jeep is a lemon, check to see if your new vehicle is still under the original manufacturer’s warranty. If it is, you probably have a viable Jeep lemon law claim. If you own a used vehicle, then you will need one of three specific warranties listed below to have a Jeep lemon law claim. Either way, you need to have made a “reasonable number of attempts” to get your Jeep repaired before filing a legal claim. Learn more: What to Do if You Have a Lemon

The Lemon Law in California, also known as the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act (Civ. Code, § 1793.2 et seq.), stipulates that your Jeep must have “nonconformities,” which are defined as any defect or malfunction that is covered by the manufacturer’s original warranty. Nonconformities compromise the …

  • value
  • safety
  • and use of the Jeep.

A skilled and experienced California Jeep lemon law attorney can explain the ins and outs of nonconformities in greater detail and help determine whether you have a legal remedy. At Neale & Fhima, we have a track record of success in fighting the big vehicle manufacturers to enforce the lemon law rights of people living in California.

Jeep Lemon Law FAQs

With so many years of experience, a Jeep lemon law attorney at Neale & Fhima hears some of the same questions over and over from potential clients. For your convenience, here are answers to some frequently asked questions.

What kinds of vehicles does the lemon law cover?

California’s lemon law covers much more than passenger vehicles. It applies to:

  • Cars, pickup trucks, SUVs, and vans
  • Boats, trailers, and motorcycles
  • The chassis, chassis cab, and drive train of motor homes
  • Vehicles purchased or leased for family or household purposes
  • Dealer-owned vehicles and demonstrators
  • Many vehicles purchased or leased for business use.

What kinds of vehicles does the lemon law not cover?

The California lemon law does not cover:

  • Vehicles not registered under the California Vehicle Code by the DMV, such as ATVs and off-road vehicles
  • Vehicles that have been abused by their owner
  • Vehicles that have been enhanced with after-market parts
  • Vehicles damaged in collisions.

Does the California lemon law cover electric vehicles?

Yes, the lemon law in California is very broad, and it covers electric vehicles as well as traditional internal combustion engine vehicles.

What if a dealer knowingly misled me when I purchased my Jeep?

If a seller intentionally misrepresents the quality of a vehicle, you can pursue a dealer fraud case rather than a lemon law case. California takes a dim view of car dealerships that knowingly rip off consumers. If you suspect a dealer tampered with an odometer, failed to disclose a defect, or otherwise misled you during a purchase transaction, you might be protected. The California Department of Consumer Affairs and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have put regulations in place to protect consumers from dealer fraud and misrepresentation.

If you have additional questions about your defective vehicle and legal options, a California Jeep lemon law lawyer at our office would be happy to discuss the specifics of your case.

Statute of Limitations for a Jeep Lemon Law Claim

The statute of limitations for filing a lemon law claim in California is four years from the date a consumer knew or should have known that the vehicle was a lemon. This does not mean, however, that if you have had your vehicle for more than 4 years, you cannot bring a lemon law claim. Our California Jeep lemon law attorneys at Neale & Fhima have successfully “lemoned” vehicles that are more than 10 years old. If you have purchased or leased a lemon, you want to start the buyback process as soon as possible. After the statute of limitations has passed, a judge may dismiss your case.  Collect copies of your repair bills, work orders and receipts and call a skilled California Jeep lemon law attorney today at 888-407-2955.

Neale & Fhima has helped countless clients qualify their defective vehicle for lemon law protection, even in unusual circumstances.

Recent Jeep Recalls

There have been several Jeep recalls in recent years, for everything from defective airbags to broken high pressure fuel pumps. Some of these recalls include:

  • 2022-2023 Jeep Wrangler Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) Recall
    Incorrect fasteners on the high-voltage battery pack
  • 2020-2022 Jeep Wrangler and 2021-2022 Jeep Gladiator
    Failing high pressure fuel pumps
  • 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2021-2022 Grand Cherokee L
    Damaged tail-light side marker assemblies
  • 2014-2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Failing high pressure fuel pumps
  • 2018 – 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Malfunction in the anti-lock brake system
  • 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L
    Incomplete SML software update causes one or both headlights to be inoperable
  • 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L and 2022 Jeep Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer
    Occupant Restraint Controller (ORC) may have incorrect software that disables airbags without warning
  • 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L
    Problems with the master lighting switch for headlights
  • 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L
    Radio software error
  • 2020 Jeep Wrangler
    Cracked fuel supply line connector.

It’s always a good idea to check for recalls before pursuing a lemon law claim if you’re having a mechanical or electrical problem with your Jeep.  Under a recall, the manufacturer will repair the problem free of charge. You can simply enter your Jeep’s vehicle identification number (VIN) on this National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) web page to find out if there is an active recall for your vehicle.

How Does a Jeep Lemon Law Buyback Work?

The California lemon law stipulates that the auto manufacturer must repair your Jeep as long as the original manufacturer’s warranty is in force. The dealer or manufacturer must engage in “reasonable attempts” to repair your Jeep. If the problem cannot be remedied within a reasonable number of attempts, state law mandates that the Jeep shall be repurchased or replaced by the manufacturer. The California lemon law applies to all types of motor vehicles still under the original manufacturer’s warranty. It does not apply to extended warranty contracts or service contracts.

To prevail in a Jeep lemon law claim, you will have to demonstrate that you attempted repeatedly to repair the problem (that’s why you want to keep all receipts, work orders and used parts from each one of your repair appointments). State law does not define “reasonable attempts” with precision, but there are guidelines that help determine whether you have a lemon Jeep. The California new-car Lemon Law says you may have an eligible Jeep in the following circumstances:

  • The Jeep had a minimum of two repairs attempted for a defect that could lead to a driver’s or passenger’s death or serious injury when driven. Defects also must impair the Jeep’s use, value or safety.
  • You brought the Jeep to the dealership at least four times to remedy the same defect — over and over.
  • The Jeep has been at a California dealership for repairs of the same defect for at least 30 days since you acquired it.

But even if you do not meet any of the guidelines above, you may still very well have a claim. Neale & Fhima has been able to “qualify” many types of defective vehicles for a lemon law remedy, even those that didn’t initially appear to fit the guidelines. So don’t despair. It’s worth a phone call to a California Jeep lemon law lawyer to find out if we can help.

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California Lemon Law and Used Jeeps

Some used Jeeps are covered under California’s Lemon Law, depending on whether your Jeep has one of three specific warranties. If you do, then you may be protected. Here are the three types of warranties that qualify:

Transferred New Car Warranty

A new car warranty that is transferred to you when you purchase a used vehicle that is still under the original manufacturer’s warranty.

Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) Warranty

A warranty that is provided to you by a manufacturer because the used vehicle has undergone a thorough inspection and repairs to bring it up to the CPO standard.

Lemon Law Buyback Warranty

A warranty that is required by California law when you purchase a used vehicle that was once determined to be a lemon but has since been repaired by the manufacturer.

Our lemon law attorneys can help you sort your way through this complicated collection of used car warranties to determine whether you can file a claim for your Jeep lemon.

Neale & Fhima handles used car lemon law claims, too. We’ll fight hard to get the justice you deserve.

Call Neale & Fhima Today

It’s too hard to figure out Jeep lemon law issues on your own. The lemon law can be vague and quirky, and that’s why you need an experienced lemon law attorney by your side. Vehicle manufacturers will also work hard to find ways to deny your claim. They don’t want to buy back your vehicle or give you a replacement if they can get around it. A California Jeep lemon law attorney at Neale & Fhima would be glad to answer your questions and assess whether you qualify for a Jeep lemon law claim. We’ve helped hundreds of clients just like you, and we have a 99% success rate in these cases. Call us today at 888-407-2955 for a free initial consultation.

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Attorney Aaron Fhima

Aaron 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 ]