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Lemon Law Pro is pleased to provide our legal services to Los Angeles and all their surrounding areas such as Pasadena, Burbank, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Alhambra, Inglewood, Torrance, Long Beach, Cerritos, Pomona, Covina, and Anaheim.

As a firm that exclusively practices in the area of California Lemon Law, our lawyers are well-versed in the complexities of the law and provide you with exceptional representation. Our goal is to provide the highest level of skill and services to our clients. The best part is these services are provided at absolutely no cost to our clients.

If you reside in Los Angeles County or the surrounding areas, have purchased a car or other type of motor vehicle, and have been unhappily surprised to find it has numerous defects, you may be entitled to compensation.

At Lemon Law Pro, our team of highly skilled and well-trained Lemon Law lawyers is dedicated to helping consumers like you who have been wronged by manufacturers. We focus on handling Lemon Law cases in California, and we know the details of California Lemon Laws and the Lemon Law process. Most of all, we’re ready to put that experience and skill to work for you, with no fees for you—you’ve already paid enough.

California’s Lemon Laws are some of the most robust in the country, and in fact, California pioneered a wave of federal and state Lemon Law legislation across the United States in the 1970s. These laws are designed to protect consumers who purchase defective vehicles and provide legal remedies for such consumers.

Los Angeles Lemon Laws in Legal Context

California’s Lemon Laws are designed to protect consumers from purchasing defective vehicles. Selling defective cars is not just unfair to the consumer; it also creates a public safety hazard by introducing sub-par, unsafe vehicles to our crowded roadways. If you believe that your vehicle is a “lemon,” our team can assist you in pursuing a legal claim.

Our Lemon Law attorneys have successfully handled countless Lemon Law cases and have helped many wronged Californians recover the compensation they deserve.

While “the California Lemon Law” most often refers to regulations laid out in the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, there are actually a variety of “Lemon Laws” in California that can protect Los Angeles consumers from purchasing defective cars (and some other types of consumer goods as well). Some of the specific laws that can apply in a Los Angeles Lemon Law case include:

  • Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act: This key piece of 1970 legislation is typically what laypeople are referring to when they reference the “California Lemon Law.” This act applies to both new and used vehicles. It requires manufacturers to repair or replace defective vehicles or refund the purchase price to the consumer throughout the warranty period.
  • Tanner Consumer Protection Act: This act extends the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act in some important ways, such as coverage for leased vehicles and specific non-vehicular products like electronic appliances.
  • Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act: This is a federal law that uses warranties to protect consumers throughout the United States in a similar way to the California Lemon Law. Much like our state’s Song-Beverly legislation, Magnuson-Moss requires manufacturers to repair or replace defective goods or else refund the purchase price to the consumer. Magnuson-Moss was enacted in 1975, closely following California’s Lemon Law legislation.
  • Consumer Legal Remedies Act: This act provides consumers with access to specific legal remedies for dealing with unfair and deceptive business practices, such as false advertising or fraud.
  • Unfair Competition Law: While much of this legislation deals with business operations and company-to-company dealings, the result includes more important protections for consumers. This law prohibits businesses from engaging in unfair or fraudulent business practices that can do harm to consumers and communities.

Taken together, these laws provide an important safety net of consumer protections for the people of Los Angeles. This safety net gives you options for powerful legal recourse when you have suffered the frustration and misfortune of having purchased a defective car or appliance.

If you believe that you have purchased a so-called lemon, or have otherwise been the victim of unfair business practices in Los Angeles or the surrounding areas, a qualified attorney can help you understand your full range of legal options.

When you purchase a vehicle, it should be safe and free from defects. That isn’t just a reasonable expectation of doing commerce in a free society—in California, it’s also your explicit legal right. If you have found yourself in a situation where your vehicle has several defects and the dealer or manufacturer is not addressing them sufficiently, Lemon Law Pro can help.

Our California Lemon Law lawyers are well-versed in the language of vehicle warranties and the laws that govern vehicular sales throughout the state. Our vehicle warranty and insurance claim professionals are ready to help you navigate the many complexities of Lemon Law litigation with no fees due on your end.

At Lemon Law Pro, we understand the frustration and inconvenience that come with owning a lemon. Our goal is to help you get the justice you deserve. We can assist you in pursuing a Lemon Law case, which may result in a refund or replacement of your defective vehicle. We are here to provide you with exceptional representation and ensure that your rights as a consumer are protected.

If you have experienced issues with a recently purchased car or motor vehicle in California that should still be covered under warranty, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team of friendly and well-trained Lemon Law lawyers.

We proudly serve all residents of Los Angeles County—and beyond—and we are committed to protecting consumers and helping them get the compensation they deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how we can help you with your Lemon Law case.

Lemon Laws in Action: Lemon Law Litigation in Real-World Cases

Lemon laws protect consumers throughout California, but many other states also have Lemon Laws, and there are even federal statutes that offer some similar protections. It can be useful to examine a few high-profile United States Lemon Law cases from the past few years.

  • Niedermeier v. FCA US LLC: This California case was filed pursuant to the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act. This case put a unique twist on an otherwise straightforward matter, as, by the time the case was brought to court, the consumer had already traded in the defective car for a different vehicle.

The judge and legal counsel therefore had to calculate how this value, which the wronged consumer had already recouped from the defective car, should factor into the award. The initial award, granted by a jury trial, included the full purchase price of the lemon (adjusted for her use of the vehicle since the purchase), plus damages and a civil penalty.

The defense made a motion that this should be reduced by the amount of the trade-in credit the plaintiff had already received upon trading the lemon into a GMC dealer. The court denied this motion, but the award was later adjusted by an appeals court, which agreed with the defendant’s logic.

  • Marquez v. Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC: Wisconsin, like California, enjoys some of the strongest consumer protections in the nation. This particular case resulted in a nearly half-million-dollar settlement for the consumer, who had purchased a Mercedes-Benz sedan.

The car almost immediately revealed significant defects, which the dealership then refused to fix. Although his initial claim was denied, the consumer, Mr. Marquez, was eventually awarded $482,000 by the Wisconsin Supreme Court to cover repairs, legal fees, and damages.

It’s a noteworthy case because Wisconsin law says that payouts for “lemons” should be roughly double the price of the vehicle to deter fraudulent dealers. In this instance, however, the amount awarded was nearly 10 times the value of the car, highlighting the potential for large payouts under Lemon Laws.

  • Ramos v. Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC: Another Lemon Law case involving Mercedes, this California case was a strong test of the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act. In this complex case, the manufacturer failed to follow the law by not completing warrantied repairs within 30 days. In such an instance, the wronged consumer might typically be entitled to an award totaling, at a minimum, the car’s purchase price.

However, it was not so clear in this case, as the defect being repaired did not substantially impact the car’s drivability, safety, or overall value. Therefore, the consumer was only awarded damages related to the delay in repairs, as the court determined the case was not subject to the “replacement-restitution remedy” as outlined under the state’s Civil Code section 1793.2 (i.e., receiving the full purchase price of the car when the manufacturer fails to make warrantied repairs).

Common Issues Covered Under California Lemon Laws

California’s Lemon Laws are designed to protect consumers from defects and problems with their newly purchased vehicles. Here are some of the most common issues that are covered under these laws:

  • Repetitive Mechanical Issues: If you have taken your vehicle to the repair shop multiple times for the same problem, it may be legally considered a lemon.
  • Safety Defects: Any issues with the brakes, steering, or other safety-critical components of a vehicle will be covered under California Lemon Laws.
  • Electrical System Issues: Problems with the electrical system, such as the battery or wiring, can also be covered under these laws. Your electrical system does more than just power your stereo and other accessories, after all. It’s a crucial part of any modern automobile, whether gas-powered, hybrid, or electric, and flaws can result in catastrophic fires or explosions.
  • Transmission Problems: California Lemon Laws also cover issues with the transmission, including slipping gears or complete failure, as the transmission is integral to a car’s ability to operate.
  • Major Body Issues: If your vehicle has significant body defects, such as warped parts or peeling paint, even these may be considered lemon parts if they are serious enough.
  • Issues With the Cooling or Heating System: With California’s varied climate, heating and cooling aren’t a luxury feature; they’re a necessity for all motorists. If your vehicle is unable to properly regulate its temperature, it may be considered a lemon.

If you are experiencing any critical issues with a newly purchased vehicle that is still under warranty, contact a Lemon Law attorney to help you determine if your vehicle qualifies as a lemon and advise you on how to proceed with filing a claim for compensation.

Los Angeles Lemon Law FAQs

What Is a Lemon Law?

A Lemon Law is a law that provides legal remedies for consumers who have purchased a defective vehicle (or, in some cases, another type of consumer product). In California, “The Lemon Law” usually refers to the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act and subsequent legislation, which covers cars, trucks, and motorcycles, both purchased and leased.

What Types of Defects Are Covered by the California Lemon Laws?

The California Lemon Law covers defects that impair the use, value, or safety of the vehicle. These defects may include problems with the critical systems of the vehicle, such as the:

  • Engine
  • Transmission
  • Brakes
  • Steering
  • Suspension
  • Electrical system

These laws strictly apply to defects that are covered by an active vehicle warranty. Often, this means that Lemon Law cases are fairly straightforward, as the letter of the warranty must be followed, as a warranty is essentially a special type of legally mandated or industry-standardized contract between a manufacturer and purchaser.

As in any complex legal matter, however, there is room for nuance and subjectivity. Contact a Lemon Law attorney to see if your specific issue is covered by California’s Lemon Laws.

How Many Times Does a Car Need to Be Repaired Before It Is Considered a Lemon?

Under California’s Lemon Law, a car may be considered a lemon if it has been repaired 4 or more times (by the dealer, manufacturer, or an approved agent thereof) for the same problem and that problem still hasn’t been fixed.

Thankfully, if the defect creates a life-threatening hazard, you may be able to declare the car a lemon after only 2 unsuccessful repair attempts rather than repeating this stressful and dangerous cycle 4 times.

What Are My Rights Under the California Lemon Laws?

You have several important rights under the law as a citizen, as a consumer, and as a motorist. Under California’s Lemon Laws laid out in the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, you may have the right to a refund or replacement vehicle, depending on the specific circumstances of your case. Additionally, the manufacturer may be required to pay damages, attorney’s fees, and other associated costs.

Do I Need an Attorney to File a Lemon Law Claim in Los Angeles County?

As with any legal matter, you do have the right to represent yourself when seeking recompense for a Lemon Law violation by a dealership or manufacturer.

Therefore, while it is possible to file a Lemon Law claim without an attorney, it is highly recommended that you seek the advice of a qualified attorney who is experienced in handling Lemon Law cases. An attorney can help you navigate the complex legal process while ensuring that your rights are protected and that your interests are always at the forefront of the case.

How Long Do I Have to File a Lemon Law Claim in Los Angeles County?

Generally speaking, California’s Lemon Law gives consumers a 4-year deadline to file a lemon claim. The timeframe does not start on the date of purchase, however, but on the date when you begin experiencing problems with your vehicle. Remember that Lemon Laws are also subject to the warranty status of your vehicle.

Under a typical California vehicle warranty, you might have 18 months from the date of delivery of the vehicle, or up to 18,000 miles on the odometer, whichever comes first, in which you would be able to file a Lemon Law claim. Because of these varying timelines, it can be important to consult with an attorney as soon as possible when you believe you have purchased a defective vehicle in Los Angeles County.

Free Legal Help With Your Lemon Law Case

At Lemon Law Pro, we understand that one of the main concerns for consumers is the cost of legal representation. That’s why we are pleased to offer a fee-free legal service, meaning we don’t charge you any upfront attorney fees, or hidden costs after the fact, if we accept your case.

Under the California Lemon Law, the at-fault automobile manufacturer is required to pay our attorney fees and costs, and we pass this value directly on to our clients in the form of no-cost legal services. This provision is in place to ensure that all consumers, regardless of their income level, have access to the legal representation needed to hold businesses accountable for wrongdoing.

It’s important to note that not all law firms operate on this same fee structure. Many firms require an upfront payment. Make sure you know exactly what costs you will be responsible for before signing an agreement for representation with any attorney.

Get Legal Help Today: Contact Our No-Fee Los Angeles Lemon Law Attorneys

We make it simple and easy for you to contact us. Simply fill out our online form or give us a call. Our consultations are free and generally occur over the telephone. Also, you can submit your documents for attorney review via e-mail, fax, or mail. Our goal is to try to make this experience for you as easy and convenient as we can.

Due to all your documents being able to be sent to us by e-mail, fax or mail, it is not necessary for you to take time out of your busy life to meet in person. In fact, most of our California Lemon Law cases are settled without physical meetings being required.  If an in-person meeting is required, we would be happy to make travel arrangements to come meet with you in your local area at no cost to you.

At Lemon Law Pro, we understand that dealing with a lemon vehicle can be a frustrating experience that can have real-world consequences for your work, family, and social lives. That’s why our team of Lemon Law attorneys and consumer advocates is dedicated to helping you navigate the complexities of California Lemon Law. Our foremost goal is to ensure that you receive the compensation and justice you deserve—and all without charging you any fees.

Don’t wait to take action if you believe you have a lemon vehicle. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys. We are here to help you understand your rights as a consumer and guide you through the legal process. Call us today or contact us through our website to get started.

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