Irvine is a gem of a city in Orange County, consistently named one of the best places to live in the country by CNNMoney, Businessweek and others. This is true … if your vehicle is reliable and ready to drive. But even the best cities are no fun if your car spends more time in the repair shop than out on the road. If you have a lemon, don’t be discouraged. An Irvine lemon law lawyer can help you determine whether you can take legal action against the manufacturer.
An Irvine lemon law attorney at Neale & Fhima knows how to win these kinds of claims. Our firm has a 99% record of success in lemon law cases.
California has one of the most consumer-friendly lemon laws in the nation that ensures vehicle owners’ protection. Under the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, if you purchase a defective vehicle in Irvine, you are legally entitled to a refund, or the vehicle can be replaced at the manufacturer’s expense. However, you must prove that it’s a lemon according to legal guidelines, and that’s where a skilled Irvine lemon law lawyer can help. If it turns out that you do have a lemon, you can either 1) have the manufacturer repurchase or replace your vehicle or 2) negotiate a cash settlement. To find out if you have a lemon law claim, contact the California lemon law lawyers at Neale & Fhima at 877-308-2128.
The process starts by filing a legal claim against the manufacturer. Our attorneys can do this for you. We expect resistance, because auto manufacturers work hard to defeat lemon law claims and reduce financial payouts. But we are aggressive and know how to win. We are not intimidated by the manufacturers’ attorneys, and we are determined to secure the best possible outcome on behalf of our clients. To prevail in a lemon law claim in Irvine, you will have to:
That’s why it’s important that you have proof that you attempted to have the vehicle fixed — keep all receipts, work orders and used parts from each one of your repair appointments.
Yes. The statute of limitations under California’s Lemon Law is four years. Generally, the sooner you file, the better. If you have purchased or leased a lemon in Irvine, start collecting copies of your repair bills and call an Irvine lemon law attorney right away. The longer you wait, the more frustrated you will become.
We know that there are a lot of lemon law lawyers in California to choose from, but we believe Neale & Fhima stands head and shoulders above the rest. That’s because we have an outstanding pattern of success in handling lemon law claims for our clients! We have a winning track record, and our attorneys are among the best and the brightest. The team at Neale & Fhima is committed to each client’s case and we give you our full attention.
Here are a few of the reasons you should choose us:
A “lemon” is a car, truck, utility vehicle, SUV, motorcycle, RV, travel trailer or other vehicle type that is defective. Whether the problem started immediately when you drove the vehicle off the dealership lot or it began many months later, the defect is chronic, and mechanics can’t seem to fix it. From heated seats that don’t work to an engine that burns too much oil, there are many types of mechanical and electrical problems that can render a vehicle defective. These cars and trucks have spent too much time at the repair shop and not enough time on the road. To determine whether you have a lemon law claim, talk to an Irvine lemon law lawyer. Before being eligible to file a claim, you need to have made a “reasonable number of attempts” to get your new vehicle repaired. While the law is somewhat vague about how many trips to the mechanic constitute a “reasonable number” of repair attempts, you need to give the dealership a sincere opportunity to fix it first before commencing legal action.
California Lemon Law states that your vehicle must have “nonconformities,” which are defined as any defect or malfunction that is covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. Nonconformities significantly restrict the safety, use or value of the vehicle. There are many defects that could affect the vehicle’s safety, but there is no requirement under the law that the defect must actually endanger you.
Common defects that affect safety include:
If you are experiencing any of these problems, you may have a lemon law claim. Talk to an Irvine lemon law attorney for an informed legal opinion about whether your vehicle qualifies. Call Neale & Fhima at 877-308-2128.
Some used cars are covered under California’s Lemon Law, but not all. Lemon Law protections for used cars are a bit different than for new cars, so the best way to find out if your used car qualifies is to talk to a California lemon law lawyer. He can assess your unique situation and advise you about whether you can file a claim and the chances of being successful.
A successful Irvine lemon law claim puts you in the driver’s seat when it comes time to select the form of compensation. Here are the two primary remedies:
Option A: Repurchase
The manufacturer will take possession of the vehicle and issue you a refund of the purchase price (reduced by the value of your use of the vehicle prior to the first repair attempt). If you financed the vehicle, the manufacturer will refund the payments and pay off the loan. You will also receive a refund of registration fees, taxes, etc.
Option B: Replacement
The manufacturer will take possession of the vehicle and provide you with a new one. It must be an identical or substantially similar vehicle. The manufacturer will pay the registration and taxes on the new vehicle, but you will not receive a refund of fees or finance charges paid on the original vehicle. This option requires the consent of both parties.
In some circumstances, we may be able to negotiate an additional option called a “cash and keep.” This would allow you to retain possession of the vehicle and receive a cash payment to compensate for the defect.
If you are having difficulty with repairs at the dealership, contact our nearest office for a consultation. Our Irvine lemon law attorneys have a 99% success rate in lemon law cases. You can call 877-308-2128 for a free consultation. So call us today!
Attorney 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.