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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.
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
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.
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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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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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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.