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California Lemon Law FAQs

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How do I contact Krohn & Moss Consumer Law Center?

You can contact our California office at 800-875-3666 or 323-988-2400 for a free consultation or you...

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You can contact our California office at 800-875-3666 or 323-988-2400 for a free consultation or you may contact us online for a free case review.

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How Long Does It Generally Take To Get Compensated?

The length of time to reach a settlement in a California Lemon Law case depends on many factors incl...

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The length of time to reach a settlement in a California Lemon Law case depends on many factors including the nature of the problems you have experienced and whether a lawsuit needs to be filed. While most cases will settle prior to a trial, the length of time to get to trial varies from County to County and even from Judge to Judge. No matter how long a case takes to be resolved, you control whether your lemon law case will settle. Quite simply, settlement is always your decision. A lawyer may recommend a settlement and counsel you on your rights, but a lawyer may never decide when to accept an offer of settlement. Only you – the consumer – have the right to say when enough is enough from a compensation standpoint. We strive to recover the maximum amount of compensation for our clients as quickly as possible and we have extensive experience working with all automobile manufacturers and their attorneys. With this experience, we are usually able to resolve California Lemon Law cases quicker and many of our clients’ cases get resolved without ever having to file a lawsuit in Court.

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What Documents Do I Need To See If I Have A Valid Lemon Law Claim?

Your repair records are the most important documents needed to determine if you have a Lemon Law cla...

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Your repair records are the most important documents needed to determine if you have a Lemon Law claim. When you take your vehicle to the dealership for repair, it is extremely important that you ask the dealership for a receipt, called a “repair order.” You should read the repair order and make sure that it is accurate before leaving the dealership. Sometimes, dealerships will omit details of concerns you raised. Therefore, it is important that you ask the dealership to accurately record your complaint on the repair record, including the date that you drop off your vehicle and the date that you pick up the vehicle. Never leave the dealership without a copy of the repair order and make sure that you keep your repair records so that you will have this valuable evidence to help prove that your vehicle is a “lemon.”

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Do I Have To Pay Anything To Have Your Firm Represent Me?

The California Lemon Law contains a fee-shifting provision for the payment of attorneys’ fees and co...

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The California Lemon Law contains a fee-shifting provision for the payment of attorneys’ fees and costs by the manufacturer, so that you, the consumer, do not have to pay anything to have one of our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys represent you in a claim against the automobile manufacturer.

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Do I Need To Hire A Lawyer To Get The Manufacturer To Repurchase Or Replace My Vehicle?

Although a consumer can file his or her own claim directly against the automobile manufacturer, we b...

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Although a consumer can file his or her own claim directly against the automobile manufacturer, we believe that our experience and expertise in this area will ensure that you receive the greatest compensation to which you are entitled.

Since 1995, Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® has successfully helped over 45,000 consumers nationwide to settle their lemon law disputes against automobile manufacturers, including nearly 10,000 lemon law cases in California alone. Less than 3 percent of these cases ever went to trial. We also have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. Further, since the lemon law provides that the automobile manufacturer must pay for your attorneys’ fees and costs, we will seek payment for our fees from them. This way, you can receive compensation for your “lemon” vehicle at no cost to you!

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How long do I have to file a lawsuit under the lemon law?

You have four years from the date of the breach of warranty to file a lawsuit under the Song-Beverly...

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You have four years from the date of the breach of warranty to file a lawsuit under the Song-Beverly Act (California Lemon Law).  In other words, you have four years from the date that the manufacturer failed to repair your car, truck, SUV, motorcycle, or other consumer product.

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If you are experiencing problems with your new or used vehicle in the State of California, you are fortunate to have one of the nation’s strongest lemon laws on your side. The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, California Civil Code Section 1793.2, commonly known as the “Lemon Law” provides broad protection to consumers and an effective means to get rid of your defective Lemon Law vehicle. Contact Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center®, to find out if you qualify for some form of relief under the Law.

You may be entitled to a refund or replacement under Lemon Law in California if the problems with your vehicle started during the manufacturer’s warranty.

While the Lemon Law in California requires a consumer to provide a vehicle manufacturer with a reasonable number of attempts to repair a defect that substantially impairs the use, value, or safety of a vehicle, the repair opportunities may extend throughout the lifetime of the vehicle. Unlike the lemon laws of other states that require a consumer to tender the vehicle for repair 3 or 4 times in the vehicle’s first 12, 18, or 24 months in order to even bring about a claim, the law requires only that the consumer provide the manufacturer with a reasonable opportunity to repair the vehicle during the manufacturer’s warranty. Any additional repair attempts may occur after the manufacturer’s warranty has expired. This way, if you experience a problem early in the lifetime of your vehicle and it comes back later, you are not left without recourse. However, if your problems did happen to arise early during your ownership of the vehicle, you may be entitled to a legal presumption under the law that your vehicle is a lemon.

Specifically, if you have provided the manufacturer, through its authorized dealerships, with 4 opportunities to repair a defect in your vehicle or the vehicle has been out of service for repair for a total of 30 or more days, within the first 18 months or 18,000 miles of your ownership, then California state law presumes your car is a lemon. Whether you meet this legal presumption or not, so long as you have afforded the manufacturer a reasonable number of attempts to repair your vehicle during your entire ownership of the vehicle, you may be eligible to recover, at your option, a refund for your purchase or a replacement vehicle of comparable value. A lemon law attorney in California can help you determine whether you have a case.

What does the California Lemon Law apply to?

All new, used, or “demo” motor vehicles, including motorcycles, boats or motor homes
Consumer goods, including home appliances, computers, televisions and spas
Vehicles purchased or leased in California intended to be used primarily on public roads
Vehicles used for business purposes where there are less than five vehicles registered to the business and the vehicle has a declared gross vehicle weight of less than ten thousand (10,000) pounds

The Attorneys at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® have helped thousands of CA residents pursue a claim.

Our Lemon Law attorneys will counsel you on your rights under the state Lemon Law and will advise you of all steps that must be taken to put yourself in the best possible position to get the vehicle’s manufacturer to take back your sour lemon. If you have already provided the manufacturer, through its dealers, with a total of 4 or more attempts to repair your vehicle, or your vehicle has been out of service for 30 or more days, contact the attorneys at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center®. We have successfully represented tens of thousands of consumers with Lemon Law vehicle claims and can help you to do the following:

  • Provide proper written notice to the vehicle’s manufacturer of the problems with your vehicle
  • Attempt to amicably resolve your case without the need for litigation
  • Apply for arbitration with any vehicle manufacturer that has an arbitration program certified by the California
  • Department of Consumer Affairs Arbitration Certification Program
  • File a Complaint at Law and litigate your case if that becomes necessary
  • And most importantly, we will stand by you every step of the way in an effort to help you get rid of your defective vehicle

If you are ready for help in pursuing your potential lemon law case and want to get rid of your lemon - call 1-800 USLEMON® (800-875-3666) toll free to reach Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® for your FREE initial consultation with an experienced attorney! You may also submit your information online for your free case evaluation. Our local office is located at 200 Pier Ave Suite 126 Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

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