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Why Choose West Coast Lemons
West Coast Lemons is a small firm where you’ll get to work directly with the managing attorney. Compare that to other firms where you’ll never speak to the name partner and your case will be passed off to a less experienced associate or paralegal. Our results also speak for themselves with over 4 million dollars negotiated by our managing attorney alone.
Free Legal Representation
We offer free consultations and if we take on your case, you pay nothing out of pocket for attorney’s fees and costs; the manufacturer of your defective vehicle will pay them for you. Unlike many other lemon law firms, we do not charge our clients a contingency fee. Our goal is to make you whole again, not take your money. That’s how you know we’re truly on your side. When you get paid, we get paid.
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Fighting For You
With years of experience in this industry, 100% of my practice is dedicated to the lemon law. By choosing West Coast Lemons you’ll have an attorney on your side that knows how these manufacturers and their attorneys work, and most importantly will fight for you!
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Lemon Law 101
Everything You Need To Know
What Is The California
The California lemon law, also known as The Song Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, is the law the protects consumers when they purchase a vehicle or product that the manufacturer is unable to repair under warranty.
There are three main ways to qualify for the lemon law:
- Implied warranty- this means your car or RV wasn’t up to normal standards within the first year after purchase.
- Express warranty- you take your car or RV in multiple times for the same issue and the dealer can’t fix it.
- 30 day rule- the dealership has your car or RV for over 30 days for the same repair.
How Many Times Do I Need To Take My Car In For It To Be A Lemon?
There’s no one size fits all magic number to answer this question, but the law does provide some basic guidelines within the first 18 months or 18,000 miles after purchase of a new car or truck:
- At least two repair visits for serious, safety related issues
- At least four times for almost any other issue
- At least 30 days for one repair visit
Even if none of those guidelines sound like your situation yet, speaking with an experienced lemon law attorney can point you in the right direction and make sure that if you did end up with a lemon, you’ll be able to prove it!
What Am I Entitled To If I Have A Lemon?
Generally, if you have a lemon you are entitled to either a repurchase (also called a buyback) or a replacement. Another settlement option is a cash and keep where you are paid some money but keep the loan/lease on the vehicle.
How Many Repair Visits Does My RV Need To Qualify For The Lemon Law?
An average RV case has around 3-4 separate repair visits, 3-4 months at the dealership for repairs, and repeat issues involving major components like slide outs, water leaks, black tank issues, and structural problems. However, there’s no magic number of repair visits or days out of service so take advantage of a free consultation with an RV lemon law specialist at West Coast Lemons to see if you have a lemon.
What Does A Repurchase
A repurchase, also known as a buyback, consists of a return of your down payment, payments, out of pocket repair costs, towing, rental costs, and loan payoff, less the mileage offset, and less any aftermarket additions.
How Do Attorney's Fees And Costs Work?
Luckily the Song Beverly Consumer Warranty Act (aka the lemon law) is consumer protection based which means the manufacturer pays for your attorney’s fees and costs if you have a valid lemon law claim. You pay nothing out of pocket for attorney’s fees and costs. As an added bonus to working with our firm, we do not charge our clients a contingency fee. Our goal is to make you whole again, not take your money.
The Dealership Said The Next Available Repair Appointment For My RV Is Months Away!
Is This Normal?
Unfortunately this is becoming more and more normal but just because it’s normal doesn’t mean it’s right. Manufacturers through their authorized repair facilities (your dealer) have to perform repairs within a reasonable time. Dealer delays in getting your RV in for repairs can be devastating, especially when your total warranty is only one year long. If this is happening to you, make sure to schedule your free consultation today to see what you can do about it!
The Manufacturer Said They Won't Buy My Car Back But They'll Extend My Warranty. Should I Agree To This?
If the manufacturer offers to extend your warranty without making you sign anything, great. However, what manufacturers have been doing is offering a warranty extension in exchange for a waiver of your rights (this will be buried in a lot of legal mumbo jumbo). Do not sign anything without consulting with a lemon law attorney first. Chances are you already have a case, and the manufacturer is trying to trick you into giving up your rights over something you’re already entitled to because the law already says you’re entitled to a warranty extension for any days your car was at the dealer for warranty repairs!
What Would I be Signing Up For If I Hire A Lemon Law Attorney?
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The Lemon Law Process
1. Case Initiation
Your lemon law attorney will draft the lawsuit and get it filed with the court. Once the lawsuit is filed, process servers will serve each defendant (usually the manufacturer of your vehicle and/or the dealership that sold it to you). This process will usually take between 1-2 weeks.
2. Defendant(s) Respond
Each defendant has 30 days from when they are served with the lawsuit to respond. Their response will be an “Answer” they file in court denying everything, but the good news is litigation can now begin and your attorney will know exactly what law firm and attorney will be representing the other side on your particular matter.
During the litigation process, both sides will try to get information about the case from each other using written discovery, depositions, and vehicle inspections. This process can take several months.
99% of lemon law cases settle before trial. It can take anywhere from 30-90 days from the date you sign a settlement agreement to when you surrender the vehicle and have the check in hand.
If your case doesn’t settle, you’ll be going to trial. Lemon law trials are usually 5-7 days, depending on the complexity of your case and the courtroom’s schedule.
West Coast Lemons
1197 Timbergate Lane
Brea CA 92821
Orange County Office:
1327 N. Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92706
Los Angeles Office:
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Los Angeles, CA 90012
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