The San Diego lemon law firm of Young & Young APC focuses its practice exclusively on California lemon law claims. The attorneys in our San Diego lemon law office prosecute and resolve lemon law claims throughout San Diego County and across the entire state of California. We are a dedicated team of lemon law attorneys with expertise in prosecuting claims under the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, more commonly known as the California lemon law. If you believe you have a Lemon Law case in San Diego, don’t hesitate to contact us for a free consultation.
Our California lemon law 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. Our firm is committed to providing clients with the best lemon law attorneys in San Diego and throughout California. The lemon law attorneys at Young & Young APC are committed to protecting consumer rights by holding auto manufacturers and car dealerships responsible for their defective products.
The California lemon law firm of Young & Young APC provides clients with a number of key benefits:
If you purchased or leased a defective new or used “lemon” vehicle in San Diego, California the lemon law attorneys at Young & Young APC are here to help. We encourage you to contact our San Diego, California lemon law office to find out what legal remedies are available to you.
The auto manufacturers have attorneys that specialize in lemon law claims. You should hire an experienced lemon law attorney to ensure that you receive the results you deserve. Our San Diego lemon law attorneys aggressively and effectively prosecute lemon law claims to level the playing field and maximize our clients’ settlements. The California lemon law attorneys at Young & Young APC are pleased to offer lemon law services in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco and throughout California.
In California, consumers are not required to ask the manufacturer for a lemon law repurchase or participate in arbitration to resolve their lemon law claims. Manufacturers are obligated to promptly repurchase or replace your vehicle once it qualifies under the California lemon law. Our firm provides free lemon law case evaluations, document review, and attorney consultations. Should you retain our services, one of our experienced lemon law attorneys will be with you each step of the way. While our attorneys have a comprehensive understanding of the factual and legal issues of a lemon law case, it is important to us that our clients do too.
Our attorneys prosecute California lemon law claims in downtown San Diego, Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Coronado, Del Mar, El Cajon, Encinitas, Escondido, Imperial Beach, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, National City, Oceanside, Poway, Rancho Bernardo, San Marcos, Santee, Solana Beach, Vista, Los Angeles and throughout California.
A “lemon” under California law is a motor vehicle with a defect that an authorized dealership has been unable to repair after a reasonable number of attempts within the manufacturer’s warranty period. In general, the defect cannot be minor to qualify a vehicle as a lemon. It must adversely affect the owner or lessee’s ability to use the car, decrease the value of the vehicle, or pose an accident or injury risk. Common examples are:
California’s Lemon Law can apply to passenger cars, pickup trucks, motorcycles, vans, SUVs and other types of vehicles. If you notice any problem, issue or nonconformity with the warranty of your new or certified pre-owned used vehicle in San Diego, you may have a lemon. This could qualify you for financial compensation or another remedy from the auto manufacturer. If the defect poses an injury risk, have the vehicle towed to an authorized dealership or repair shop immediately.
Every year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) receives reports and consumer complaints regarding vehicle defects. Although any year, make and model of vehicle could contain defects that impact the value or safety of the car, certain automakers are the center of San Diego Lemon Law cases more often than others. From 2020 to 2022, the following auto manufacturers received the highest number of complaints for various models:
The vehicle make and model with the highest number of complaints within this timeframe was the Ford Fusion with 1,858 total defect reports. This was followed closely by the Ford Escape with 1,832 complaints. The second highest make in terms of defects and Lemon Law cases is Chevrolet, with the top model reported for issues being the Silverado 1500 with 1,296 documented complaints.
Hiring a San Diego Lemon Law Attorney shouldn’t be costly for you. According to California’s lemon law, the manufacturer is required to cover your attorney fees and expenses. This means you can pursue your claim without worrying about the expenses. The manufacturer is responsible for these costs.
The duration to resolve a lemon law claim in California can vary based on the complexity of the case and the manufacturer’s willingness to settle. Generally, though, most lemon law claims are sorted out within a few months.
California’s lemon law is considered to be one of the most effective lemon laws in the nation. The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty act, also known as the California lemon law, protects San Diego residents that have purchased or leased a new or certified pre-owned used vehicle within the manufacturer’s original warranty period. To qualify for a California lemon law claim a vehicle must have a defect or “nonconformity” which substantially impairs the use, value, or safety of the vehicle. 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. Unlike other states, California does not require a specific number of repair attempts before a consumer can file a lemon law claim. If your vehicle qualifies under the California lemon law, you may be entitled to receive a repurchase or replacement vehicle.
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).
You may still pursue a California lemon law claim after the first 18 months or 18,000 miles of use. The lemon law includes a rebuttable presumption that a vehicle qualifies if it is presented for a reasonable opportunity to repair within this period. However, you may still pursue a lemon law claim even if your warranty repairs were performed outside of this presumption period. In fact, most successful lemon law cases involve vehicle repair attempts that occur after the first 18 months or 18,000 miles of use.
California’s Lemon Law does not limit claims to newly purchased vehicles. The California lemon law applies to new and certified pre-owned used vehicles. Similarly, you can also pursue a California lemon law claim if your vehicle is financed, leased, or purchased outright.
If you have been sold a “lemon” vehicle, you are entitled to compensation through the California lemon law. Under the California lemon law, you may be entitled to one of the following:
Obtaining compensation or another satisfactory remedy for a lemon vehicle in California typically does not require a jury trial. Under the Lemon Law, an auto manufacturer is legally required to offer one of these resolutions promptly once a vehicle qualifies. However, if the manufacturer refuses to abide by the Lemon Law, a lawyer can help you demand justice by bringing your case to court.
If you have discovered vehicle defects that cannot be repaired within a reasonable number of attempts and wish to pursue financial compensation or a replacement car from the auto manufacturer, take the following steps to build your case:
You don’t have to deal with a lemon alone. An attorney in San Diego with experience handling Lemon Law cases can help you with all of these tasks, among others. A lawyer can investigate your case, verify whether or not you have a lemon, preserve key evidence and information, and go up against any auto manufacturer in pursuit of a just remedy on your behalf.
In California, the time limit to file a Lemon Law case is four years from the date that you first discover that you have a viable claim or the date that you reasonably should have made the discovery through due diligence. This is known as the statute of limitations, and it only comes with rare exceptions. For the most part, if a consumer attempts to bring a Lemon Law case in California after the statute of limitations has expired, the consumer will be barred from making a financial recovery or receiving another remedy from the auto manufacturer, even if the vehicle has a defect and qualifies as a lemon.
Our San Diego lemon law attorneys proudly serve the following neighborhoods:
La Mesa | El Cajon | Clairemont | North Park | South Park | Old Town | Point Loma | Balboa Park | Bankers Hill | East Village | National City | Mission Valley | San Ysidro | Normal Heights | Hillcrest | Little Italy | University Heights | Gaslamp Quarter | Mission Hills | Bay Park | Bay Ho | Pacific Beach | Paradise Hills | La Jolla | Torrey Pines | Encinitas | Solana Beach | Rancho Peñasquitos
Unlike other firms, Young & Young APC does not charge any retainer fees or contingency fees. Under the California lemon law, your attorney’s fees and cost are paid by the manufacturer and dealer defendants. This provision of the California lemon law makes it economically possible for consumers to pursue a lemon law claim regardless of fees and cost. Call (833) 536-6600 (833-LEMON-00) for a free consultation today!
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