Experienced Manhattan Beach Lemon Law Attorney
It’s the nightmare of car buyers everywhere: you save up to buy the car of your dreams, you get the warranty, you make your payments, and, yet, there is a problem with the car that the manufacturer or dealer either can’t or won’t repair. You’re left with a non-fully functional car for all your troubles under, however, you have the power to fight back. A skilled lemon law lawyer in Manhattan Beach will be able to help you deal with the seller or dealership and bring justice.
Our Manhattan Beach lemon law lawyers represent consumers to obtain the justice they deserve when they’ve purchased a car, RV, boat, or another vehicle under warranty in California. With over a decade of experience in automotive consumer litigation, we have the experience, skills, and know-how to efficiently and effectively get you the relief you deserve, including a full refund. All cases are contingency-based, so you owe nothing unless we recover for you.
A Decade of Experience
Prior to founding his law firm in 2016, firm founder Thomas Ledbetter spent a decade working as legal counsel to automotive manufacturers and dealers in responding to consumer litigation. During that time he gained a wealth of knowledge and experience regarding the litigation of lemon law claims. He also saw the need for skilled representation of plaintiffs on the consumer side in bringing claims to fair and just resolutions.
Because of this experience and background, our Manhattan Beach lemon law attorneys are uniquely positioned to help consumers litigate their claims and to efficiently obtain justice on their claims. We can quickly assess whether you have a valid claim under California law and work to attain the refund you deserve without unnecessarily lengthy investigations or negotiations.
California’s law protections apply not only to new cars. They also cover boats, RVs, and even some used cars. A warranty should still be in effect, and there is also a requirement that the consumer brings the vehicle to authorized repair facilities to seek out repairs for the alleged defect. For example, if you have taken your vehicle in for the same repair four or more times in the first 18 months or 18,000 miles of possession, the law will presume it to be a lemon.
Vehicles that have also been taken in for repairs for a total of 30 days during that same period will also be presumed to be a lemon. California law provides some of the strongest protections in the country, and there are numerous ways to successfully show you have a lemon. Our lemon law attorneys in Manhattan Beach will work with you to present your strongest case for recovery. Common vehicle defects include:
- Improperly Functioning Brakes
- Steering Issues
- Mileage and Gas Usage Issues
- Ongoing Engine Problems
- Transmission Issues
- Unsafe/Defective Parts
Your manufacturer or dealer will, in many cases, try to talk you out of pursuing a claim by suggesting that the problem is fixable, that there really isn’t a problem, or that the issue is with your usage, but California law is on your side in your ability to recover. If your car has maintenance issues that are persisting, contact one of our skilled Manhattan Beach lemon law attorneys today and find out if you have a case.
Remember, all lemon law claims are brought on a contingency basis, so you owe no attorney fees unless your claim is successful. Contact our Manhattan Beach lemon law lawyers today to see how we can help you get the recovery you deserve and back on the road again.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Am I still protected under the Lemon Law if my car warranty has expired?
Does the Lemon Law protect a vehicle under an extended warranty?
Does the Lemon Law cover leased cars?
Does the Lemon Law cover older vehicles?
Does the Lemon Law protect only passenger cars?
Does it matter if I bought the car out of state?
How serious does a defect have to be to qualify for Lemon Law protection?
Are there any loopholes in Lemon Law coverage?
- the vehicle is a commercial vehicle,
- with a gross weight exceeding 10,000 pounds, and
- the business using the vehicle owns six or more vehicles that are registered in California.
The law also does not apply to any portion of a motorhome that is designed, used or maintained mainly as a residence. It also does not apply to off-road motorcycles such as dirt bikes.
What does a Lemon Law refund include?
- Your down payment,
- All monthly payments you have already made,
- Fees you have paid (registration, license fees, etc.),
- Rental car fees you incurred while your car was in the shop, and
- Termination of future financing loan payments.
Do I have to submit to arbitration of my Lemon Law claim?
Is it a good idea to agree to arbitrate my Lemon Law claim?
When does the statute of limitations deadline expire?
How likely is it that my case will go to trial?
Might I be eligible for enhanced damages (i.e., civil penalties against the manufacturer)?
Can't I just handle this on my own?
Strike While the Iron Is Hot
As a matter of black-letter law, you probably have four years after you discover your car is a lemon to file a lawsuit. As a practical matter, however, your chances of winning fade the longer you wait to begin enforcement procedures. The reason for this is that cases are won on evidence, and persuasive evidence becomes harder and harder to come by as time goes on.
By contrast, nothing is more powerful than prompt, decisive action to enforce your rights. Your need for admissible evidence does not necessarily mean that you will have to go to court. In fact, the best way to keep yourself out of court is to thoroughly prepare for trial. If you are prepared and have a strong case, the opposing party will understand that it’s easier to settle than to fight.
Get Things Started Today
Call our Manhattan Beach lemon law lawyers at (310) 507-7022 or email us from this website so that we can set up a free, no-obligation consultation where can discuss your options.