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California has one of the strongest “lemon” laws in the nation and Perlmutter & Pourshalimi know how to take advantage of it. Under California Lemon Law, you may be entitled to a full refund, replacement car or a significant cash settlement from the manufacturer. If your new or used vehicle had to undergo at least two attempts to repair a problem, your vehicle may be covered by California Lemon Law.
Can I afford an attorney to file my lemon law claim on my behalf? Yes, because you pay nothing. In California, the auto manufacturer is required to pay your attorneys’ fees and costs. Perlmutter & Pourshalimi takes these cases on a “contingency fee” basis, which means we only get paid if you win. If we don’t win, we don’t get paid at all. Period. This also makes pursuing a lemon law claim economically feasible for those who otherwise couldn’t afford an attorney. Our lawmakers didn’t want auto manufacturers to get away with selling defective products to people who cannot afford attorneys.
Should I hire an attorney? Can I do this on my own? It is in your best interest to obtain legal representation since most of the time, manufacturers fight lemon law claims made by individual consumers. Auto manufacturers will almost always severely low-ball a settlement offer to an individual consumer who files a claim without an experienced lawyer. Additionally, there are many accepted principals of law that only an experienced lawyer would know how to take full advantage of. Because the manufacturers will pay your attorneys’ fees, there is no reason for you to take on the case against your auto manufacturer without an experienced attorney. Let us make this easy and stress-free for you while maximizing your recovery.
Does California Lemon Law apply to my used vehicle? Yes. California Lemon Law applies to used vehicles if they were purchased from a dealer and were covered by warranty.
Should I contact the manufacturer first, or give the dealership another chance to repair my vehicle? No. If your dealership has had a reasonable number of opportunities to repair the problem (at least twice), then your vehicle is lemon and you may be entitled to compensation. If the dealership hasn’t been able to fix the problem after multiple opportunities to do so, they most likely won’t be able to fix it at all. In fact, the dealership or manufacturer is the only one to benefit if they stall and delay you from filing a claim.
Is the dealership allowed to keep my vehicle for longer than 30 days to repair? Call us immediately. A manufacturer or authorized repair shop must complete all repairs within thirty (30) days unless there’s a circumstance beyond their control. It may be a violation of California Lemon Law to fail to repair your vehicle within 30 days.
Does California Lemon Law apply to my vehicle that is older than 1 or 2 years old? Yes. As long as your vehicle’s problem(s) occurred during the warranty period and was subject to a reasonable number of repairs. California Lemon Law could apply to your vehicle even if its warranty has expired, so long as your vehicle is still having problems that you brought to the attention of an authorized dealer for repair during the warranty period. Call an experienced attorney at Perlmutter & Pourshalimi, available 24/7 at (310) 295-2236 for a free consultation to see if California Lemon Laws apply to you.
Do vehicles used for business apply? Yes. California Lemon Law applies to vehicles used primarily for business purposes, so long as your business has no more than five (5) vehicles registered in the business’ name, and your vehicle’s “Gross Vehicle Weight” does not exceed 10,000 pounds. “Gross Vehicle Weight” means the total weight of the vehicle, not the total weight your vehicle could carry.
Will California Lemon Law still apply to my vehicle if I have more than 20,000 miles? Yes. So long as your vehicle is having problems covered by its warranty, California Lemon Law applies no matter how many miles are on your vehicle.
How many repair attempts must have happened in order to have a valid lemon law claim? At least two (2). There is no magic number of repairs required to qualify. California Lemon Law only requires a “reasonable number” of repair attempts for a specific problem. What constitutes a “reasonable number” of repair attempts depends on the nature of the specific problem your vehicle has. Call an experienced attorney at Perlmutter & Pourshalimi, available 24/7 at (310) 295-2236 for a free consultation to discuss your potential claim.
The longer you wait to get your vehicle fixed, the sooner your warranty runs out. Your vehicle’s manufacturer wants your warranty to expire so they can argue that it’s too late to lemon your vehicle. They will hold it against you even if the only reason you waited so long was to respond to you.
The longer you wait, the longer it takes for the manufacturer to process your claim. The sooner you contact us, the sooner your claim will be processed so you can drive a new vehicle sooner.
Not taking your car to the dealership or certified repair facility can create the illusion that your vehicle has been fixed. The manufacturer’s attorneys could argue that since you went months without bringing your vehicle in for a repair, that there must be nothing wrong with your vehicle and your vehicle was successfully repaired.
We can begin your lemon law claim while your vehicle is at the dealership or certified repair facility. In a lemon law suit, you sue the car’s manufacturer and not the dealership or certified repair facility who is only trying to fix your vehicle. That means you have nothing to lose if you start your claim today. If your vehicle is a lemon, odds are that it will not be successfully repaired if it hasn’t by now. The more you wait, the more likely you are to lose your chance to lemon your vehicle as warranty may expire.
Contact an experienced California Lemon Law attorney 24/7 so we can start getting you the maximum recovery for your lemon.