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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.

Why Choose Us?

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:

  • Exclusive Practice – Our attorneys only handle California lemon law claims. This allows us to remain up to date on new case law and manufacturer’s strategies. We utilize our knowledge and expertise to obtain the best possible results for our clients.
  • Statewide Attorney Services – Our statewide California lemon law attorney services allow us to provide a hassle-free experience for all of our clients.
  • Experienced Lemon Law Attorneys – Our attorneys are experienced in handling cases against every major auto manufacturer and their teams of attorneys.
  • Exceptional Client Service – Our skilled team of lemon law attorneys place an emphasis on client communication and adhere to the highest ethical standards.
  • Successful Results – Our extensive experience and years of prosecuting California lemon law claims has earned us a respected reputation with auto manufacturers. This has proven to be a key factor in securing timely and favorable results for our clients.

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.

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“If you are looking for a firm to help you settle issues with your car, look no further! I have relied on this firm for years. Always very accessible and informative. They don’t beat around the bush, and are as straight forward and professional as they come. It’s great to have an attorney that keeps you in the loop and helps you understand every step of the process. I recently had some issues, and consulted with attorney Eric Young. He is very personable, and took the time to answer all of my questions and made sure that I was aware of all of my options. I highly recommend!”

-Troy E.

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Call Our San Diego Lemon Lawyers Today

Don’t let a lemon sour your driving experience! With Young & Young APC, our San Diego lemon law attorneys specialize in turning your sour situation into a sweet solution. We stand apart with our commitment to not charging any upfront fees—no retainers, no contingency fees. Under the California lemon law, the manufacturer and dealer defendants cover your attorney’s fees and costs. Our expertise ensures that your fight for a reliable car does not strain your finances. Access justice with ease and let our San Diego lemon law lawyers at Young & Young APC guide you through the process. Pick up the phone and dial (833) 536-6600 (833-LEMON-00) for your free consultation. Together, we’ll drive towards a fair resolution and get you back on the road with confidence.

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Do I Need a San Diego Lemon Law Attorney to Pursue My Claim?

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.

What Is a Lemon? What Are Common Vehicle Defects?

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:


  • Acceleration issues
  • Airbag malfunctions
  • Automatic transmission failures
  • Brake defects or failures
  • Doors that don’t lock or open properly
  • Electrical issues
  • Engine fires, stalling or failures
  • Repeated check engine light warnings
  • Seat belt malfunctions
  • Steering system issues or failures

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.

Vehicle Manufacturers With Frequent Complaints

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.

San Diego Lemon Law FAQs

How Expensive is a San Diego Lemon Law Attorney?

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.

How Long Does it Take to Resolve a Lemon Law Claim in California?

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.

San Diego Lemon Law Attorneys at Young & Young APC Will Protect Your Consumer Rights

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.

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).

You are Not Restricted to Pursuing a Claim Within the First 18 Months or 18,000 Miles of Use.

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.

What Types of Vehicles Apply to the California Lemon Law?

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.

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

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:


  • 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). This is also known as a vehicle buyback and can include the initial down payment for the vehicle, any monthly payments made, sales tax and registration fees, the vehicle’s remaining loan balance, and certain related out-of-pocket costs.
  • A replacement vehicle of the same MSRP value as your defective vehicle. As the buyer or lessee, it is up to you if you wish to receive a replacement vehicle of the same value rather than a vehicle buyback. If so, the auto manufacturer will be responsible for replacing your vehicle with a comparable one.
  • A cash settlement. Finally, you have the option of choosing a cash settlement. This remedy means that the auto manufacturer will send you a check for all financial compensation to which you are entitled. A lawyer can help you list your recoverable expenses to ensure a fair settlement value.

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.

What to Do if You Think You Have a Lemon

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:

  1. Prove reasonable repair attempts. Obtain records that demonstrate you brought your vehicle to the manufacturer’s authorized repair facility for a reasonable number of repair attempts. Note that independent repair shops do not qualify; you must bring the car to an authorized dealership.
  2. Report your concerns to the dealership. When you take your vehicle to an authorized dealership for repairs, make sure that all of your concerns are noted and will be addressed. Accurately documenting multiple attempts to repair the specific defect or nonconformity is important for a Lemon Law case.
  3. Gather copies of repair records and other documents to support your case. This may include a copy of your vehicle purchase or lease contract, receipts from out-of-pocket costs associated with the defect (e.g., towing, rental car, repairs), correspondence with the auto manufacturer or authorized dealership, repair orders, and maintenance records.
  4. Take action without delay. Don’t wait to pursue a Lemon Law case in San Diego. California has laws that limit the amount of time you have to file this type of claim. While you are not limited to the 18,000 miles or first 18 months in California, you are subject to the state’s statute of limitations to file a case. Taking prompt action protects your rights.
  5. Hire a skilled Lemon Law lawyer in San Diego. These can be complicated cases, especially when an auto manufacturer discredits a case or refuses to offer a prompt remedy. A lawyer can make the legal process easier for you, and the cost of hiring one will not be billed to you under California’s Lemon Law. The manufacturer will be responsible for paying for your attorney.

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.

What Is the Time Limit to File a Lemon Law Case in California?

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.

Areas We Serve

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

It Costs Nothing Out of Pocket to Hire Our Firm to Represent You

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!