Ford Motor Company is known as a reliable American auto manufacturer with a storied history and longstanding tradition. But what if you bought one of the Ford lemons out there and are frustrated with an unreliable vehicle that’s always in the shop? If your Ford Taurus, Escape, Ranger, Mustang or F-150 turns out to be a clunker, there may be a legal remedy.
A Ford lemon law attorney at Neale & Fhima is familiar with these kinds of cases, and we know just what to do. Our firm has a 99% record of success in lemon law cases! We understand how excited you were when you first purchased your vehicle and how upset you are now. Buying a defective vehicle is a disappointment and a headache.
But we can help – California has one of the most consumer-friendly lemon laws in the nation that ensures your protection. Under the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, if you purchase a defective Ford vehicle, you are legally entitled to a refund, or the vehicle can be replaced at Ford’s expense. However, you must prove that it’s a lemon according to legal guidelines, and that’s where a skilled California lemon law lawyer can help. If it turns out that you do have a Ford lemon, you can either 1) have Ford repurchase or replace your vehicle or 2) negotiate a cash settlement with Ford. To find out if you have a lemon law claim, contact the California lemon law lawyers at Neale & Fhima at 877-308-2128.
A “lemon” is a car, truck, utility vehicle, SUV, motorcycle, RV, 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 or even years later, the defect is chronic, and mechanics can’t seem to fix it. From radios 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 Ford lemon law claim, talk to our California lemon law lawyers. 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.
The Lemon Law in California states that your Ford must have “nonconformities,” which are defined as any defect or malfunction that is covered by Ford’s original 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 actually endangers you. So, if the car has a defect with its automatic mirrors, the mere fact that they work unpredictably could be enough to be the basis of a lemon law claim.
Common defects that affect safety include:
If you are experiencing any of these problems, you may have a Ford lemon law claim. Talk to our Ford lemon law attorneys for an informed legal opinion about whether your vehicle qualifies. Call 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 Ford lemon law claim, 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, start collecting copies of your repair bills and call a California lemon law attorney right away. The longer you wait, the more frustrated you will become.
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. We can assess your unique situation and advise you about whether you can file a claim and the chances of being successful.
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 successful 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:
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 down payment and pay off the loan. You will also receive a refund of registration fees, taxes, etc.
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. We have locations in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dana Point, and San Diego. Or you can call 877-308-2128 to speak with us from anywhere in the state. Either way, the consultation is free. We look forward to serving you.
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.