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California Lemon Law Information

Use The California Lemon Law To Protect Your Rights

Do you think you may have purchased a lemon? Has your vehicle undergone several repairs in order to fix a problematic issue, all to no avail?

If so, speaking with an experienced lemon law attorney can help determine your options. As a consumer, you are protected by California’s lemon law (also known as the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act).

You have rights and the Orange County based team at Barnes Law Firm will stand up on your behalf. Contact us online or call us at 949.446.1668 to schedule a free consultation. 


What Is Lemon Law?

Lemon laws are state and federal regulations that protect consumers who purchase cars that do not meet the standards of quality and performance. The term “lemon” refers to the fact that a car may look perfect on the outside, but when taking a closer look at its inner workings, it does not actually meet standards nor are they useful. This is similar to how ripe lemons look beautiful and tasty, but they are sour on the inside. Typically, the Lemon law applies to defective transportation vehicles such as cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, and more. There are also other types of lemon law that have to do with products, services,  and even animals!

Each state has its own lemon laws. California’s Lemon Law protects consumers when they buy or lease a new car that cannot be repaired. If you have a case, there is a possibility that you are entitled to a replacement of the vehicle or a refund. According to California Lemon Law, off-roading vehicles or vehicles that are not registered under the California Vehicle Code as well as vehicles that have been abused are not covered by the Lemon law.

The federal lemon law, also known as the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975 protects consumers nationwide and at most covers mechanical defects -- it is the state lemon laws that are more expansive.

Do you suspect that you purchased a lemon recently? You might have a case. Get in touch with our experienced Laguna Beach lemon law attorney at Barnes Law Firm. Schedule a free initial consultation and attorney Stephen G. Barnes will get to know your situation more and let you know what your options are. Reach out today.

Commonly Asked Questions

How does the federal lemon law differ from state lemon laws?

The federal lemon law, known as the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975, provides nationwide protection to consumers, primarily covering mechanical defects. In contrast, state lemon laws, such as those in California, are often more expansive and may include additional protections. State laws can vary significantly, so it's crucial for consumers to understand the specific lemon laws that apply in their state. The federal law acts as a baseline of consumer protection, while state laws may offer further recourse for defective vehicles.

What should I do if I suspect my vehicle is a lemon in Laguna Beach?

If you suspect that your vehicle is a lemon in Laguna Beach, the first step is to consult with a knowledgeable attorney who understands California's Lemon Law. At Barnes Law Firm, you can schedule a free initial consultation with attorney Stephen G. Barnes, who will review your situation and advise you on your options. It's important to act promptly, as there are specific time frames and requirements to qualify for protection under the Lemon Law.

Do You Think You Have a Lemon Law Claim?

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Why Should You Contact Our Lemon Law Attorney?

  • Barnes Law Firm has protected the rights of consumers and car owners throughout California for more than 30 years.
  • Our lemon law attorney has successfully resolved several thousand lemon law claims on behalf of consumers.
  • Our firm has the experience and knowledge needed to successfully resolve a case through negotiation, or litigation, if necessary.

We handle cases throughout the state and accept most cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay no legal fees since we collect our fees from the manufacturer only if successful.

If you wish to discuss the nature of your case, do not wait another moment to speak with us. We offer clients free and confidential consultations. Call 949.446.1668 to get started.

Understanding California Lemon Law

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Thousands of Clients Helped

Mr. Barnes personally handles every aspect of your lemon law case from beginning to end. Because of his long-time involvement with lemon law in CA, Attorney Barnes maintains great working relationships with manufacturers.

This means that the cases we choose to take on are never frivolous. We represent our clients fiercely, tenaciously, and steadfastly to ensure they receive the attention and justice they truly deserve.

  • “Stephen Barnes competently handled our lemon law case with Ford and seriously exceeded my expectations.”

    - Michelle H.
  • “I never would have gotten nearly as good of a settlement if I went about it myself, and it probably would have taken 10 years off my life.”

    - Former Client
    What Qualifies as a Lemon?
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