Frequently Asked Questions – Lemon Law
Q: What is California’s Lemon Law?
A: California’s Lemon law is based on the Song-Beverly Act and Tanner Act. These laws protect consumers for the sale or lease of a defective car. The typical reason for the car being a lemon is due to safety related problems that the manufacturer cannot fix after a reasonable number of repair attempts.
Q: What do you need to get started on my free evaluation?
A: We will need: (1) your purchase or lease agreement; (2) your current registration; and (3) all repair orders that your received after the car went in for repairs. We need all of these documents if we represent you to make the strongest case possible.
Q: How do I know if my car is a lemon?
A: Safety issues are the most common defects that make your car a lemon. Here is a list of common defects we see: Engine Problems (engine failures and malfunction, transmission failure, radiator failure, sudden power loss, etc.); Electrical and computer system problems; Suspension Problems; Airbags and seat belt failures; Brake failures and problems; Accelerator failures; Power steering failures.
Q: I use my car for business, can it still be a lemon?
A: Yes but there are limitations. To qualify, there cannot be more than five (5) vehicles registered to the business’ name and the vehicle’s weight cannot be more than 10,000 pounds.
Q: How much does it cost to start a case?
A: Your cost to start a case is free. We take our cases on contingency fee which means that if we do not recover any money for you, you do not pay.
Q: What are my settlement options?
A: There are three basic pre-lawsuit options: (1) the manufacturer agrees to repurchase your car; (2) the manufacturer agrees to pay you a cash compensation and you hold on to your car; or (3) in some cases, the automaker will allow you to replace your car with a replacement.