At Shainfeld Law, P.C., our Los Angeles lemon law attorney has 15 years of experience handling nothing by California Lemon Law cases. Our knowledge and skill translate to a 99% success rate for thousands of California clients, past and present, who need help pursuing justice from auto manufacturers who have produced their defective vehicles.
We pursue the same positive outcome for your California lemon law claim, too.
If your vehicle spends more time at the dealership than it does on our California roadways, contact our Los Angeles County lemon law attorney today to schedule a free consultation.
How Do I Know If My California Vehicle is a Lemon?
To determine if your vehicle is a lemon, contact our experienced Los Angeles lemon law attorneys today for a free consultation.
What is the California Lemon Law?
The California Lemon Law protects consumers when their vehicles are defective and cannot be repaired after a “reasonable” number of attempts. The Lemon Law applies to most new vehicles purchased or leased in California that are still under a manufacturer’s new vehicle warranty and requires the manufacturer to either replace the defective vehicle or refund the consumer’s money.
What is Considered a Qualifying Number of Repair Attempts by the Vehicle’s Manufacturer?
California’s Lemon Law Presumption gives all vehicle manufacturers, no matter their make or model, a qualifying number of attempts to fix a vehicle before it meets the Legal Presumption of a lemon.
If the defect could cause serious bodily injury or death, the manufacturer has at least two repair attempts.
If the defect continues to cause the same problem and cannot be fixed after four or more attempts.
If the defect requires the vehicle to spend 30 or more days at the dealership — collectively, not in a row — for warranty-covered issues and repairs.
At Shainfeld Law, P.C., our skilled lemon law attorneys in Los Angeles, California want to help you understand your consumer rights, so together we can pursue the best outcome for your lemon law claim.
Does the California Lemon Law Only Cover Certain Manufacturing Defects?
No. If your vehicle has a defect — no matter what type of mechanical issue is occurring — that cannot be fixed after a qualifying number of attempts, you may have a lemon.
Does My Vehicle Have to Be Under Warranty to Pursue a California Lemon Law Claim?
Yes. To pursue a lemon law claim in California, your new or used vehicle must be under the manufacturer’s warranty.
A warranty is an acknowledgment by the manufacturer or seller that promises to repair the vehicle if anything goes wrong with the covered areas — including the engine, transmission, or other important components — during a specified period or certain number of miles.
The warranty period may differ by manufacturer or seller, making it important for you to review the terms of the warranty that comes with your vehicle, so you know you are eligible to file a lemon law claim before contacting an attorney for help.
What Type of Outcome Can I Expect From a Successful Los Angeles Lemon Law Claim
If your case qualifies to move forward with a California lemon law claim, we will submit the evidence and demands to the manufacturer, and they will have 30 days to respond.
The manufacturer may offer to repurchase, replace, or offer a cash settlement for the vehicle.
Our Los Angeles lemon lawyers will pursue the outcome that is right for you, based on your unique recovery needs.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire a California Lemon Lawyer?
At Shainfeld Law, P.C., our California lemon lawyer fees provide free consultations for all clients, so they fully understand their consumer rights. Once we take your case, we will pursue the manufacturer for the best outcome – which includes your legal fees.
Our clients are never responsible for our legal fees. The manufacturer is. So, it literally costs you nothing to partner with our skilled California lemon law attorneys.
Can I File a California Lemon Law Claim if My Vehicle Was Purchased Out of State
The California lemon law explicitly excludes automobiles that were not purchased at retail in California from coverage. That typically means that consumers who purchased out-of-state automobiles will not qualify for coverage under the California lemon law.
Even if the Lemon Law does not apply in your case, other state and federal laws may protect you, including the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, which covers all consumer products — including vehicles — that are sold within the U.S. and enforces written warranties.
If you are unsure of what type of consumer protection is available for your vehicle, contact our skilled Los Angeles lemon lawyer today to discuss your case during a free consultation.
Which Vehicle Defects Are Not Covered Under California’s Lemon Law?
There are certain vehicle defects that are not covered under California Lemon Law, which include:
Vehicle Defects Caused by Collisions
Vehicle Defects Caused by Driver Abuse
Vehicle Defects Caused by Unauthorized Repairs
Vehicle Defects Caused by Aftermarket Installations
Any Vehicle Defects Not Reported Under Warranty
The manufacturer is going to required significant evidence and supporting documentation that your vehicle’s defects were the result of an oversight on their part, and not damage that was done to the vehicle outside of their control. Our skilled Los Angles lemon law attorneys can help you understand the facts and resources we need to build your case for success.
How Long Does It Take to Resolve a California Lemon Law Claim?
Most of our clients see results in as little as 60 to 90 days.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lemon Law Claim in California?
California lemon law claims must be filed within four years from the date you notice (or should have noticed) the defect.
Does the California Lemon Law Apply to All Types of Vehicles That Are Still Under Warranty?
Yes. The California Lemon Law applies to gas-powered, hybrid, and electric vehicles.
Will I Get My Down Payment Back If My Car is a Lemon and the Manufacturer Buys It Back?
If your vehicle qualifies as a lemon, then you are entitled to receive a replacement or refund from the manufacturer.
A refund will include your down payment, all monthly payments that have been made to date, registration, taxes, and incidental expenses such as rental car, public transportation, or rideshare costs paid while your vehicle was being repaired, any towing expenses incurred, plus reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs.
The manufacturer is entitled to deduct a usage fee for the value of the miles placed on the vehicle up to the first time it was taken in for repair work for the problem or defect that resulted in it being a lemon.
Contact Our Experienced Lemon Law Attorneys in Los Angeles For a Free Consultation
If you are experiencing ongoing car problems and the vehicle is under the manufacturer’s warranty, contact our skilled Los Angeles Lemon Law attorney at Shainfeld Law, P.C., today by calling (310) 295-1888or request a free consultation online to learn more about your legal rights and options to hold the manufacturer for your full financial recovery.
Frequently Asked Questions For Los Angeles Lemon Law
What Will I Receive in the Form of a Vehicle Replacement if I Have a Lemon?
The California Lemon Law vehicle replacement option allows you to receive a vehicle that is of similar make and model to the one that is a lemon. Typically, the replacement will be a vehicle in the current year model. Your current loan amount or the terms of your lease will remain the same and for the same duration as the original loan or lease.
Do Motorcycles, Boats, Motor Homes, RVs, and Other Consumer Vehicles Qualify Under California’s Lemon Laws?
Yes. All types of vehicles qualify for protection under California’s lemon laws if they were purchased or leased for personal, family or household purposes, and are under the manufacturer’s warranty.
Does the California Lemon Law Apply to Used Vehicles?
Yes. Used vehicles qualify for lemon law protection in California when they are sold with, and are still under, a written manufacturer warranty.
Does the California Lemon Law Apply to Leased Vehicles?
Yes. Leased vehicles are covered by California’s lemon laws if they were leased with a manufacturer’s warranty.
If I Bought My Used Vehicle Without a Warranty, Can I Still File a California Lemon Law Claim?
No. The California lemon law only applies only to defective vehicle disputes involving a valid manufacturer’s warranty.
How Will I Know if My Vehicle Qualifies Under the California Lemon Law?
Contact our skilled Los Angeles lemon law attorneys today to discuss your vehicle issues, so we can provide a free case evaluation to explain the lemon law process, and how your vehicle qualifies for protection.
How Can I Help Build My California Lemon Law Case for Success?
There are a few things vehicle owners can do to help build their lemon law case for success. That includes never diagnosing the vehicle defect yourself. When you take your car in to have the issue assessed, allow the mechanic to determine the problem. The California Lemon Law hinges on your vehicle being taken in for the same issue, and the mechanic not being able to produce results. If you begin diagnosing the issues yourself, the dealership can say it was NOT the same issue, thereby negating your vehicle qualifying for a lemon law claim.
In addition, to help you claim move quickly, keep all vehicle repair records, and notes regarding when and how long the vehicle was at the dealership, and the diagnosis from the mechanic. Be sure to jot down any additional notes they provide during your conversations, so you have all the supporting information you need to pursue a claim.
Finally, contact our experience Los Angles lemon lawyer today. We will provide straightforward legal advice during a free consultation, and you will never be held liable for our legal fees. The manufacturer will pay all your lemon law attorney fees directly.
Will I Have to Go to Court to Produce Results for My California Lemon Law Claim?
No. In fact, once we qualify your case during a free consultation, we will provide a clear outline of the supporting documentation we need to get started on your case, and we will take it from there. We will negotiate with the manufacturer directly and provide only solutions for you to choose from upon our successful finalization of your case. Once your case is in our skilled Los Angeles lemon law attorney’s hands, you can rest assured that we are putting our 99% success rate to work for you.
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Our attorneys recently helped a client in Los Angeles with a claim after his BMW began to experience persistent engine problems after only 10,000 miles of driving. After our attorneys approached BMW with their demands, BMW agreed to buy back the defective car at full cost, plus reimburse our client for all legal fees!
When you work with Shainfeld Law, you can expect rewards of up to $5000 and beyond -- and remember: you’ll never pay out-of-pocket legal fees.
I spoke directly to Mr. Shainfeld who helped guide me through the lemon law process. He was always responsive to me both via phone and emails. He was prompt and professional. Hopefully I do not have any further issues with my car in the future, but if I do I will contact Shainfeld Law.
Prompt and Professional
Brett and his team was truly amazing to work with. From my very first contact through their chat capabilities on their website to the very last conversation with Brett. Being our first lemon claim for our 2018 Audi e-tron we were intimidated by what the process could be and didn’t know what to expect. Brett and his team made everything so easy to understand and seamless.
Amazing to Work With
I had a great experience working with Brett Shainfeld. Easy to talk to and quick to respond, he explained the process clearly from the first phone call and kept me updated on the progress. Everything was done through email and on the phone which made it fast, easy and very convenient.
Fast, Easy and Very Convenient
Cannot recommend Brett Shainfeld enough. Courteous, professional, quick to respond, and up front with my case and questions. If you think you have any car issues and might consider finding a lemon law attorney, just stop right here and contact Brett. Got me quick results and helped me out with the whole process.
Courteous, Professional, Quick to Respond
Brett is Amazing! Everything done by telephone and never met him and only by speaking to him regarding my case I felt like he was a good friend to speak to. He’s very upfront and down to earth and says it straight up.
Brett is Amazing
I could NOT have selected better representation! Mr. Shainfeld worked quickly and helped us reach a great settlement fairly quickly! I elected to pickup my final settlement check from his office, otherwise I would have never had to set foot in his work space.
Thank you so much for all you’ve done and for being so patient with me and all my questions/concerns. Happy to have this behind me and do it so simply. It was a pleasure working with you.
A Pleasure to Work With
Brett has been THE MOST helpful lawyer when it came to dealing with my lemon BMW. His knowledge blows all these other clowns out of the water. Extremely attentive, under promises and over-delivers. Just give him a call!
Most Helpful Lemon Lawyer
Brett was truly amazing to work with. Everything was so easy — from our initial call to the very last conversation. This was our very first lemon claim (2018 Audi e-tron) and was slightly intimidated by what the process could be and didn’t know what to expect. Brett and his team made everything so easy to understand and seamless. He’s quick, efficient, very reliable. He is super clear up front with the process and quickly answers any questions you have. I would highly recommend Brett if you are looking for lemon law attorney. We couldn’t have done it without him.
Everything Was So Easy
After the torture we went through with our dealership on our Lemon Law car and the subsequent challenge of trying to find a responsive, knowledgeable attorney to represent our case, we were at our wit’s end and highly skeptical when we found Brett Shainfeld. However, we found Brett to be clear, communicative, immediately responsive and confident. He adapted quickly to our preferred mode of communication (electronic or voicemail, rather than live discussions), and consistently kept us informed as to what was happening with our case, as well as what to expect next. And the best part is that he successfully negotiated our case with the manufacturer.
Brett was the best attorney we’ve had the opportunity to work with. If we ever need a Lemon Law attorney again, we won’t hesitate to use Brett. He’s very conscientious, keeping us appraised of what’s going on. If we leave a message or e-mail for him, he’d respond to is in a very timely manner. We will not hesitate to use his services again in the future. We’ll also recommend him to anyone & everyone who needs a good Lemon Law attorney.
Best Lemon Law Lawyer Ever
My lemon law settlement was done in about 2 and 1/2 months. Brett Shainfeld was very professional and answered all my questions through phone calls and emails regarding $ and etc… I’m in San Francisco and he was in southern cal…and everything turned out well.
Brett, I’d like to thank you for your help throughout my case. During the course of my representation, you and your firm provided me with an unmatched customer service and always immediately responded to my questions. I could not have been any happier with the end result and always felt protected having your firm on my side. Words fall short in describing your firm’s prowess & dedication. I highly recommend your firm to anyone seeking assistance when in comes to consumer protection laws.
I could not have been happier
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