Lemon Law Basics

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Orange County Lemon Law Basics

Advice from Our Orange County Lemon Law Attorney

California's lemon law is in place to protect consumers from serious defects or malfunctions in new or used vehicles and consumer goods covered by warranty. The law protects consumers for the written warranty period and if the vehicle cannot be adequately repaired by the manufacturer or authorized dealer, you may be entitled to a new vehicle or receive a refund.

If you find yourself in such a situation with your used car, RV or motor home, or boat, it is important that you hire an experienced lemon law attorney in Orange County to guide you through the legal process with ease and efficiency. Barnes Law Firm has successfully resolved lemon law claims for thousands of Californians, and we are ready and waiting to serve you in any way possible.

Get started with a free consultation by calling our firm at 949.446.1668 today.

What Qualifies as a Lemon?

Under California lemon law, a vehicle must meet several qualifications before being considered a lemon.

These qualifications include:

  • The vehicle is under warranty
  • You have taken the vehicle to an authorized dealer for repair
  • The vehicle has not been repaired after a reasonable number of attempts

Furthermore, the defect must also substantially impair the use, value, or safety of the vehicle. In order to qualify, the vehicle must be purchased in California for personal, family, or in some cases even business use.

What Can I Do if I Have a Lemon?

If you are finding it difficult to deal with the repair facility look to the manufacturer for assistance and take these steps:

  • Retain an experienced lemon law lawyer
  • In some instances your attorney may write a demand letter to the manufacturer requesting that they buy the car back
  • If this doesn't work, your attorney will likely file a lawsuit in the appropriate court and litigate the claim on your behalf

How to Prevent Buying a Lemon?

When it comes to purchasing new or used, it is essential to take certain precautions to avoid buying a lemon.

  •  First thorough research is crucial. Start by checking the vehicle's history, including previous accidents, maintenance records, and ownership details. 
  • Consider seeking independent inspections from trusted mechanics or automotive professionals to assess the vehicle's condition. 
  • Taking a test drive is another vital step, allowing you to examine the car's performance, handling, and any potential red flags. 
  • Always make sure to review and understand any warranties or return policies before making a final decision. 

By being diligent and cautious throughout the car-buying process, you can significantly reduce the chances of ending up with a lemon. However, if you do end up with a lemon, our attorneys are here to help.

At Barnes Law Firm, our legal team can help you get the compensation that you deserve. Hire an experienced lemon law attorney in Orange County for representation throughout California.

Contact our firm today at (949) 446-1668 for more information.


Meet Stephen G. Barnes

Attorney Barnes was one of the early pioneers to exclusively handle Lemon Law cases in California. His goal is to provide every client with dedicated one-on-one attention as they navigate their Lemon Law case.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What Are the 3 General Qualifications for a Lemon?

    The three general qualifications are:

    • The car must have a substantial impairment in use, value, or safety
    • The problems with the car must have been, covered by a warranty
    • The owner must have attempted to get the vehicle repaired multiple times or the car must be in the shop an unreasonable amount of days

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  • What Does It Cost to Hire a Lemon Law Attorney?

    In most cases, it costs nothing to hire Barnes Law firm to handle your lemon law case. We will collect our attorney fees from the manufacturer if your claim is successful.

  • Does the California Lemon Law Apply if I’ve Purchased a Faulty Used Vehicle?

    The short answer is yes if you purchased the car with a warranty. The lemon law covers a used car if you bought it with a warranty, have a substantial problem covered by that warranty, and have given the warrantor a reasonable opportunity to repair the car. If you have bought a faulty used car, it is important that you speak with an Orange County lemon law attorney to get you the results you deserve.

  • Am I Required to Go Through Arbitration Before Hiring a Lemon Law Lawyer?

    No. You are not required to go through arbitration before hiring a lemon law attorney. In most situations, you would not be required to go through arbitration, and you should get the advice of an experienced lemon law lawyer before taking such a step.