Lemon Law

Pasadena Lemon Attorney

Don’t Let a Lemon Leave a Sour Taste in Your Mouth!

Buying or leasing a new or used car should be an exciting time without the worry about the car constantly breaking down. You should not have to take your car in for the same repair over and over again. If you recently purchased or leased a new vehicle and it cannot be fixed, you may have purchased or leased a lemon.

Mark Charles Law, APC represents people like you who have bought or leased a defective vehicle (a “lemon”) that is an unsafe or inoperable money pit. Strictly speaking, the “Lemon” in Lemon Law refers to a car that the manufacturer cannot fix under the manufacturer warranty even though there have been a reasonable number of repair attempts to fix the problem. The most common issues for lemon law cases are defects that impact their safety, ability to use, and value of the car. Under California’s Song-Beverly Act, also known as the Lemon Law, there are several protections that is required of the automaker.

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With our legal assistance, we can help you recover fair and just compensation such as:

  • A refund or replacement of your defective vehicle. This is also known as a “buyback.”
  • Reimbursement for all expenses related to the lemon’s repair.
  • Further compensation if the car manufacturer is found to have violated Lemon Law requirements for providing repairs, refunds, or replacements within 30 days.

Our Pasadena Lemon Law attorney can help you fight back when you feel you are being taken advantage of by dishonest car dealers and manufacturers. Schedule a consultation with Mark Charles Law, APC today to learn more about what we can do for you.

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What Exactly Is a ‘Lemon’?

In addition to the previously stated fact that a vehicle must be defective by the manufacturer, there are several key qualities that define a Lemon.

The law defines a lemon as any new or used vehicle that within 18 months of purchase or lease, or before gaining 18,000 miles (California’s Tanner Act), experiences the following:

  • The manufacturer or its agents have made multiple (two or more) attempts to repair a dangerous and/or deadly defect covered under the warranty that persists despite such attempts
  • The vehicle’s dealership or manufacturer has attempted to fix a certain problem covered under its warranty at least four times
  • The vehicle has spent a total of 30 days (either consecutive or aggregate) under repair for a warranty-covered problem
  • The warranty issues were not caused by user error or abuse, and the existence of such issues substantially affect the vehicle’s safety and/or value

Although we’ve mentioned it a few times already, it’s worth stating outright that a Lemon doesn’t have to be a new vehicle. Any used vehicles under an active manufacturer warranty can covered by Lemon Laws in California.

Any of the following can also be considered as vehicles covered under Lemon Law:

  • Cars, vans, trucks, and SUVs
  • An RV or motorhome’s chassis, chassis cab, or drivetrain
  • Vehicles used for business purposes
  • Personal vehicles

We have represented clients who have purchased or leased the following cars:

  • General Motors
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Chrysler
  • Dodge
  • Buick
  • Jeep
  • Chevrolet
  • Cadillac
  • Mercedes Benz
  • BMW
  • Jaguar
  • Land Rover
  • Audi
  • Nissan
  • Infiniti
  • Hyundai
  • Honda
  • Toyota
  • Volkswagen

Stay in the know about California Lemon Law by checking out our Blog.

Common Defects Covered by California’s Lemon Law

It’s not unreasonable to expect that a vehicle you’ve purchased or leased, new or used, has been inspected to ensure it will work as intended and safely so. The problem with Lemon vehicles is that they do not always meet this standard in spite of inspections or because there was a lack of sufficient investigation into the vehicle’s operation.

Lemon vehicles often have safety issues that involve:

  • Engine Problems (engine failures and malfunction, transmission failure, radiator failure, sudden power loss, etc.)
  • Electrical and computer systems
  • Suspension Problems
  • Airbags and seat belt failures
  • Brake failures and problems
  • Accelerator failure
  • Power steering failure

While these are safety features crucial to the vehicle’s operation, if your warranty covers features like the vehicle’s air conditioning, heaters, or even paint and body work, these can also be addressed by a Lemon Law attorney in Pasadena.

Do You Think You Have a Lemon? Call Us Today to Find Out!

If you think you were sold or leased a lemon and need a lawyer’s help to get what you deserve, call Mark Charles Law, APC for help. We have been helping people for more than 20 years to get what they deserve after they’ve been sold a defective, dangerous, or useless vehicle.

Reach out to us today by filling out our online contact form!

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