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Lemon Law in California: What are your rights?
Oakland’s rush hour can be a nightmare. If you’re local, you know that these streets are no place for defective cars – especially during the crowded times of the day.
Do you have a faulty vehicle that causes you stress on the road? Good news: there are lemon law consumer rights to protect you.
The California lemon law (the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act) was created to keep manufacturers accountable for the vehicles they produce. At Cline APC, we teach Oakland drivers what their legal rights are and how the lemon law protects them.
Manufacturer mistakes entitle you to compensation if…
The vehicle manufacturer has made at least two or more attempts to repair a warranty-covered defect; or
The vehicle has been out of service for more than 30 days while being repaired for warranty-covered problems; and
The vehicle has several warranty-covered problems, which were not caused by abuse of the vehicle and that impair its use, value, or safety.
One thing to understand is that there is a time limit under California lemon law. Your vehicle’s problems must first arise within the terms of the warranty if you are going to seek compensation.
However, your vehicle’s issue does not need to be addressed within the first 18 months after purchase or before the odometer reaches 18,000 miles. That’s a common misunderstanding.
Still, if the problem(s) does arise before these limits, you’ll have a strong basis for your case. Timeliness is key when it comes to seeking a repurchase or replacement of your lemon vehicle.
When your vehicle meets the qualifications of California lemon law, you’re entitled to:
Manufacturer coverage of your attorney fees and court costs
A full refund of the vehicle’s original acquisition price and incidental costs
A replacement vehicle if necessary
You may even be entitled to a civil penalty damages for the warrantor’s bad behavior.
cars registered in Alameda County
We’re Californians. Our Oakland lemon law attorneys understand how important it is to have a working vehicle in the Bay Area – one that you can really trust.
Our primary goal is to get through the buyback process quickly and efficiently, so you can start driving safely ASAP.
Know that we don’t pass off any lemon law cases to assistants or paralegals. Every single Cline, APC client receives the same level of personalized aid from a highly skilled lemon law attorney. This helps us achieve the maximum lemon law buyback value for every client.
Auto manufacturers have access to excellent, top-notch defenders handling lemon law cases. If you’re going to get the best possible outcome, you need an authoritative lemon attorney – one that has a passion for justice and that can stand up to big corporations.
Our Oakland lemon law firm will never ask you to pay any out-of-pocket costs or retainer fees. The manufacturer is legally required to cover these expenses once we win the case.
Our lemon law calculator provides an estimated buyback amount. Although this is not a guarantee, it’s a good place to start learning what you could be owed.
Call 888.982.6915 for a more accurate estimate. We’ll explain how lemon law in California applies to your specific case. You can also fill out our Free California Lemon Law Case Evaluation form.
Trust us: the lemon law claim process isn’t as rigorous as you might think. These steps will help you navigate your case quickly and easily.
Take Your Vehicle to a Manufacturer-Authorized Repair Facility
Hire a highly skilled Lemon Law Attorney
If you are driving a pre-owned car in Oakland, don’t give up just yet. You can still receive benefits under the California lemon law.
The vehicle can be processed like new if it has; the remainder of the manufacturer’s warranty; a dealer warranty; or by operation of California law the implied warranty of merchantability applies.
The dealership is responsible for covering repair costs and providing a replacement or refund for the lemon. Legal fees are covered by the warrantor.
If you think your new or used car may be a lemon or the California new or used car lemon law may apply to your situtation, please call or contact us online. You may also fill out the free California lemon law evaluation form to the right of this page and we will contact you shortly. The office’s founding partner will speak with you directly about your potential lemon law case and provide a free legal consultation. Even if your vehicle does not qualify under the California lemon law we will help you gain a greater understanding of the California lemon law and how it can protect you.