Volkswagen is a unique auto manufacturer that combines exceptional German engineering with attractive styling.  Whether you buzz around town in a VW Bug or carry the kids to soccer practice in a VW Tiguan, it’s a pleasurable ride.  So any consumer who purchases an unreliable and defective VW is sorely disappointed.  If you find yourself in this spot, a skilled lemon law attorney may be able to help fix the situation.  After repeated and fruitless visits to the mechanic, you might be ready to give up.  Don’t.  There is a legal remedy.

A 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 know that you were excited when you first purchased your VW Jetta, Passat, Golf, Taos or Atlas, and you had visions of getting around town in style with no worries about reliability.  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 Volkswagen vehicle, you are legally entitled to a refund, or the vehicle can be replaced at VW’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 lemon, you can either 1) have VW repurchase or replace your vehicle or 2) negotiate a cash settlement with Volkswagen.  To find out if you have a lemon law claim, contact the California lemon law lawyers at Neale & Fhima at 877-308-2128.


Is Your VW a lemon?

A “lemon” refers to a defective vehicle, including cars, trucks, SUVs, motorcycles, RVs, or other types. 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.

Various mechanical and electrical issues, from malfunctioning radios to excessive oil consumption, can render a vehicle defective. Such vehicles spend excessive time in repair shops rather than on the road. To determine eligibility for a lemon law claim, consult our California lemon law attorneys. Before filing a claim, a “reasonable number of attempts” at repair must be made. While the law is vague about this, giving the dealership a chance to fix the issue before legal action is essential.

California’s lemon law specifies that your VW must have “nonconformities,” defined as defects covered by the original warranty, significantly impacting safety, use, or value. Safety-affecting defects don’t necessarily have to endanger you. for instance, even the erratic functioning of automatic mirrors can be the basis of a lemon law claim. Furthermore, the defect does not need to be safety related such as radio problems, AC malcuntions or many other types of non-saftey related can form the basis of a lemon law claim.

If you are experiencing any of these problems, you may have a lemon law case. Talk to our lemon law attorneys for an informed legal opinion about whether your vehicle qualifies. Call Neale & Fhima at 949-661-1007.

How Does a Lemon Law Buyback Work?

The Volkswagen lemon buyback starts by filing a legal claim against the manufacturer. Our lemon law Lawyers 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 are determined to secure the best possible outcome on behalf of our clients. To prevail in a lemon law claim, you will have to:

  • Show that the defect compromises the use, value, or safety of your vehicle
  • Make “reasonable attempts” to have a dealership or mechanic repair the defect.

That’s why you must 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.

What About California’s Lemon Law and Used Cars?

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 your chances of success.

Why Should I Choose Neale & Fhima?

We know there are many 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:

  • Our attorneys have over 40 years of combined experience representing clients throughout California.
  • Neale & Fhima enjoys a 99% success rate. While we cannot guarantee the outcome of any particular case, you can take comfort in knowing lemon law lawyers handle your claim with a track record of success.
  • California’s lemon law is a fine example of how the state legislature can empower consumers. When it comes to clarity, however, the text of the statute leaves much to be desired. Our attorneys understand the quirks of the statute, as well as the many court opinions interpreting it. We put this knowledge to work for you.
  • We will always discuss your situation with you in a free initial consultation before you make any decisions about a claim.


Which Lemon Law Remedy? The Choice is Yours.

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:

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 down payment 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.

Call Neale & Fhima Today

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 949-661-1007 to speak with us from anywhere in the state. Either way, the consultation is free. We look forward to serving you.

Attorney Aaron Fhima

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.


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