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The Los Angeles Lemon Law attorneys at Young & Young APC exclusively handle California lemon law claims. Our attorneys represent consumers in Los Angeles and throughout the state. If you think you purchased or leased a lemon vehicle from a dealership, you need an experienced and dedicated team of attorneys on your side.

If you are tired of taking your vehicle to the dealership for warranty repairs, contact our California lemon law attorneys in Los Angeles today. We offer free lemon law consultations, carefully evaluate your case and provide valuable information so that you may confidently pursue your legal rights.

Why Choose Us?

  • Our attorneys have successfully resolved lemon law cases against every major auto manufacturer. Ford, Chevrolet, Jeep, Honda…no matter what type of new or used vehicle you leased or purchased, we can help.
  • We have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients with personalized legal services and attention to detail. Our law firm has established a positive reputation with judges, auto manufacturers, and their attorneys.
  • Unlike other Lemon Law firms, we do not charge our clients retainer fees or contingency fees. When you hire our firm, you pay nothing out of pocket for experienced lemon law attorney representation in Los Angeles and throughout California.

Do I Need a Los Angeles Lemon Law Attorney to Pursue My Claim?

Car dealerships and auto manufacturers have “customer assistance” personnel and attorneys that specialize in California lemon law claims. Our Los Angeles lemon law attorneys have the experience and resources necessary to level the playing field and obtain the compensation you deserve. Our team of lemon law attorneys will aggressively fight to protect your rights and get the results you deserve.

Do not let the dealer or manufacturer take advantage of you. When you hire our firm, you get a team of experienced and dedicated lemon law attorneys to fight for you. We fully explain the process each step of the way so that you fully understand your options. Manufacturers and dealerships may give you the runaround or mislead you regarding your rights under the California lemon law. Unlike in other states, California does not require consumers to participate in the arbitration to resolve their Lemon Law claims.

Our attorneys are dedicated to protecting our clients’ lemon law rights in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Long Beach, Simi Valley, Inland Empire, Century City, all of Southern California and throughout California.

Our attorneys have large national law firm litigation experience. We use this experience to effectively and aggressively prosecute lemon law claims on behalf of our clients.

How Much Does a Los Angeles Lemon Lawyer Cost?

If you’re hesitant about hiring a lawyer to take your Lemon Law case because of the perceived cost, know that California law requires an automobile manufacturer to pay the consumer’s attorney’s fees and legal expenses. This means that hiring an attorney to represent you will come at no cost to you out of pocket.

At Young & Young APC, if you do not obtain a financial recovery by filing a Lemon Law claim, you won’t owe us anything in attorney’s fees. We don’t charge any hidden fees or costs, including retainer fees or contingency fees like many other Lemon Law firms. We offer free case evaluations and consultations with lawyers. Then, we utilize California’s Lemon Law to our client’s benefit to cover attorney’s fees and costs.

Los Angeles Lemon Law Attorneys at Young & Young APC Help Protect Your Rights

The California lemon law protects Los Angeles residents that have purchased or leased a new or used CPO vehicle within the manufacturer’s original warranty period. In California, the lemon law requires a manufacturer to promptly repurchase or replace a vehicle when the dealership is unable to repair it after a “reasonable” number of repair attempts or within a reasonable amount of time.

If a vehicle has a problem or defect that is covered under the manufacturer’s original warranty and substantially impairs the vehicle’s use, value or safety, it could be deemed a “lemon.” In this scenario, the vehicle manufacturer’s authorized dealership must have been provided with a reasonable opportunity to fix the defect. If a reasonable number of repair attempts does not remedy the problem, the manufacturer is legally obligated to repurchase the vehicle or replace it.

Unfortunately, manufacturing companies do not always abide by the rules of California’s Lemon Law. If a manufacturer breaches its obligation to you after purchasing or leasing a defective vehicle, our lawyers at Young & Young APC can help you demand a suitable remedy under state law. We can go up against an automobile manufacturer on your behalf to negotiate a successful pretrial resolution or take your case to court, if necessary.

What Counts as a Reasonable Number of Repair Attempts Under the California Lemon Law?

The California lemon law does not state a required number of repair attempts. A “reasonable” number of repair attempts is determined on a case-by-case basis in relation to the type of the vehicle’s defect. For safety-related defects, this could mean as few as two repair opportunities at the manufacturer’s authorized repair facility. This requirement may also be satisfied if the vehicle is in the repair facility for a cumulative total of over 30 days for repair (not necessarily all at one time).

What Is the Lemon Law Presumption?

Under the Tanner Consumer Protection Act (California Civil Code Section 1793.22), if one or more of the following are true within 18,000 miles or 18 months of purchasing or leasing the vehicle – whichever occurs first – it is presumed that a reasonable number of repair attempts have been made:

  • The defect or “nonconformity to warranty” results in a condition that is likely to cause death or serious bodily injury if the vehicle is driven, and the defect has been subject to two or more repairs.
  • The defect has been subject to repairs four or more times by the manufacturer or its agents, and the consumer has notified the manufacturer of the need for repairs.
  • The vehicle is out of service due to defect repairs for a total of more than 30 calendar days (not necessarily in a row).

The Lemon Law presumption can apply to new cars, as well as leased and purchased vehicles. It does not matter whether the vehicle is a car, pickup truck, van, or SUV. Note that while the Lemon Law presumption offers another layer of protection to consumers, it is not necessary to satisfy one of these requirements. Many successful cases involve vehicle repair attempts that are made after the presumption period.

Common Vehicle Defects

A vehicle defect for the purposes of California’s Lemon Law can refer to any flaw that affects the usage, value, or safety of a motor vehicle. The vehicle problem may be caused by defects in materials or defects in workmanship. If the defect exists and adversely affects the vehicle, the owner or lessee can file a Lemon Law case in Los Angeles.

Common examples of vehicle defects are:

  • Air conditioner problems
  • Airbag malfunctions
  • Automatic transmission failures
  • Brake failures
  • Electrical malfunctions
  • Engine fires or failures
  • Engine stalling
  • Seat belt failures
  • Steering system failures
  • Transmission problems
  • Unintentional or sudden acceleration

If you experience any type of vehicle defect with your new or used car that cannot be repaired within a reasonable number of attempts, you may have a lemon and could be eligible for compensation to repair or replace the vehicle. Note that the defect does not have to have caused a car accident to qualify. Any issue that interferes with the usage or safety of a car can make it a lemon.

List of Manufacturers With the Highest Number of Complaints

Virtually any type, make or model of vehicle could be considered a lemon if it has a defective part or piece of equipment. However, some motor vehicle manufacturing companies receive complaints regarding vehicle defects more often than others. Below is a list of manufacturers and the total number of complaints that have been submitted against them to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for vehicle defects from 2020 to 2022:

  • Ford: 12,376
  • Chevrolet: 7,303
  • Jeep: 4,760
  • Honda: 4,631
  • Toyota: 4,322
  • Nissan: 3,686
  • GMC: 2,138
  • Mercedes-Benz: 1,122
  • Audi: 727
  • Volvo: 321

The Ford vehicle with the highest number of complaints was the Ford Fusion (1,858), followed closely by the Ford Escape (1,832). The two top Chevrolet models with the highest number of complaints were the Silverado 1500 (1,296) and the Malibu (1,239). If you purchased or leased one of these vehicles and experienced a defect, you could have a case under California’s Lemon Law.

What Remedies Are Available if My Car Qualifies as a Lemon?

If you have been sold a lemon vehicle, you could be entitled to compensation through the California lemon law. At Young & Young APC, our practice is exclusively dedicated to prosecuting California lemon law claims and we provide free lemon law attorney consultations in Los Angeles and throughout the state. Under the California lemon law, you may be entitled to the following:

  • A refund of all amounts paid or payable for the purchase or lease of your vehicle (less a statutory mileage offset or “good use” credit for miles driven before the first repair attempt); or
  • A replacement vehicle of the same MSRP value; or
  • A cash settlement.

If you need a Los Angeles lemon law attorney, contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or by calling (833) 536-6600 (833-LEMON-00). Our attorneys will help you receive the compensation you deserve and protect your rights under the California lemon law.

What Is the Time Limit for Filing a Lemon Law Claim in California?

California has a rule in place called the statute of limitations that applies to Lemon Law cases. This rule gives you four years from the date that you knew or “reasonably should have known” that your vehicle was a lemon to file a case. If you fail to file within the statute of limitations, you most likely will not have a valid case. This is why it is in your best interests to act as soon as possible to retain an attorney and file a complaint with the auto manufacturer.

Once you discover the defect, take the vehicle to an authorized dealership for a repair attempt without delay. Then, collect copies of all relevant documents, such as repair orders and your purchase or leasing contract. Next, schedule a free case consultation with a Lemon Law attorney in Los Angeles for assistance with filing a claim. Allowing too much time to pass could bar you from ever asserting your case or collecting compensation.