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If you have purchased or leased a defective vehicle in California your vehicle could be a "lemon" and you could be entitled to significant legal protections. California has some of the strongest legal protections for consumers who have purchased or leased a vehicle that ends up having defects. You may be entitled to obtain a refund or replacement of the defective vehicle. In certain instances the auto manufacturer may even be liable for a civil penalty up to two times the value of your damages.
Despite California's strong legal protections, it is advisable to use the services of accomplished and savvy California Lemon Law Lawyers like the lemon law attorneys at The Law Office of Hakimi & Shahriari to navigate the complex process and obtain the best results. The best part of it is that the auto manufacturer pays all of our costs, so you never pay us a dime.
Pursuant to California Lemon Law, the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, automakers (i.e. car companies) are required to repair vehicles under warranty within a reasonable number of repair attempts. If they can't do that, or are unable or unwilling, to do so then per California Lemon Law they are required to either replace or repurchase the defective vehicle (otherwise known as a "lemon").
You may be wondering what constitutes a "reasonable number of repair attempts." This number can vary based on the type of defect and the specific circumstances, and it is something that our lemon law attorneys can determine during a free consultation.
However, there are some "rules of thumb" which can create a legal presumption that you do in fact have a lemon and are entitled to relief. For example, in some circumstances if the car company makes as few as two repair attempts then there may be a legal presumption that the car is a "lemon." The car may be considered a "lemon" if any of the following occur within the first 18 months or 18,000 miles on the odometer, whichever comes first:
A) Two or more repair attempts are made for a safety-related concern;
B) Four or more repair attempts are made for any substantial concern; OR
C) The car spends 30 total days in the shop by reason of repair attempts.
These three circumstances above are only examples and your car may be a lemon for a whole host of other reasons that our California lemon law lawyers are happy to make clear in the course of a free consultation.
There are lots of lemon law lawyers out there. Most of the time you will end up on the phone with a call screener or low-level case handler. You will rarely (if ever) speak with an actual lemon law attorney. These lemon law attorneys run a "volume" business, meaning they sign up as many clients as possible and try to obtain a quick and cheap settlement. Our model is different. We take on fewer clients and fight tenaciously on their behalf. The California lemon law lawyers at The Law Office of Hakimi & Shahriari are aggressive and highly talented litigators, who have appeared in the highest courts in California and have been featured in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Washington Post, to name a few. We are dogged in our pursuit of your rights and will work tirelessly to obtain the best result possible.
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