How Does Lemon Law Work in Los Angeles?

Here you can find a comprehensive guide on how the Lemon Law works in California.

Your car is one of the most significant purchases you will ever make. Unfortunately, some cars turn out to be defective before they even leave the dealer’s lot. Then you, the new owner, are left dealing with breakdowns, mechanical issues, unreliability, and compromised safety. If your vehicle began experiencing problems while under warranty, you may be legally entitled to demand a replacement vehicle or a refund of your money under California’s lemon law.

At The Barry Law Firm, our attorneys focus exclusively on Californian lemon law cases. If your vehicle qualifies, The Barry Law Firm can file a complaint against your vehicle’s manufacturer and negotiate aggressively for an appropriate settlement for you. If your car’s manufacturer does not do the right thing, our attorneys will be prepared to take your case to trial and ask the court to award compensation to you.

Contact The Barry Law Firm in Los Angeles, California, today about your defective vehicle. We do not charge a fee to handle lemon law claims. Instead, California law requires that your auto manufacturer pay all of your costs and fees.

Contact us online or at 877-LEMON-03 now for a FAST and FREE consultation.

Call Us For A Free Consultation at 424-396-5193

How to Recognize That Your Car is a Lemon Under California Law

If your motor vehicle is a lemon, California law requires its manufacturer to repurchase or replace it promptly.

In the 1960s, it became common to refer to worthless used cars as “lemons.” The cornerstone federal lemon law is the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975, which requires manufacturers who issue warranties to honor them. California’s lemon law was adopted in 1982 and has since become a model for similar laws enacted in all U.S. states.

Under the California lemon law (Civ. Code, § 1793.2 et seq.), the manufacturer of a motor vehicle may be required to buy back or replace the vehicle if, after a reasonable number of repair attempts, it cannot repair a problem that:

  • Is covered by the manufacturer’s new-vehicle warranty,
  • Substantially impairs the use, value, or safety of the vehicle, and
  • Is not caused by unauthorized or unreasonable use of the vehicle after its sale.

If you have made a reasonable number of repair attempts, and your vehicle still does not function as it should, you are eligible for a refund or a replacement vehicle under the California lemon law. This makes it important to keep records and receipts of all attempts to have a motor vehicle repaired.

The best way to determine whether you have made a reasonable number of attempts to have your vehicle repaired is to contact The Barry Law Firm today for a FAST and FREE consultation. One of our Intake Specialists will review information about your vehicle and its warranty and discuss in depth the details of your specific case at no charge to you.

What Are You Entitled to Under the Lemon Law?

If you have made a reasonable number of attempts to have your new vehicle repaired under warranty without success in California, you may be able to file a lemon law complaint. It’s important to understand your rights.

The California lemon law covers the following vehicles that come with the manufacturer’s new-vehicle warranty:

  • Cars, pickup trucks, vans, and SUVs.
  • The chassis, chassis cab, and drive train of a motor home.
  • Dealer-owned vehicles and demonstrators.
  • Many vehicles purchased or leased primarily for business use.
  • Vehicles purchased or leased for personal, family, or household purposes.

How Can The Barry Law Firm Assist?

A Los Angeles lemon law attorney from The Barry Law Firm can draft the appropriate filings and ensure that the court has the documents that it needs to rule properly on your claim. We will keep you up to date as the process moves forward.

No Cost To Pursue a Lemon Law Claim with The Barry Law Firm

You will never pay for legal work that The Barry Law Firm does for you. Under the California lemon law, manufacturers must pay legal fees and any other costs incurred by consumers whose cases prevail in court. This means we do not take a portion of the actual compensation you are awarded. By law, the manufacturer is required to pay both you and us.

Further, The Barry Law Firm guarantees that you will never owe us a dime. That means there is absolutely no risk to you when you retain our services!

How to File a Lemon Law Case in Los Angeles?

If you have a written manufacturer’s warranty that covers your vehicle and you have given the dealer two or more opportunities to fix its defects without the problem being repaired, you may be able to move forward with a lawsuit demanding relief under the California lemon law.

The lemon law attorneys at The Barry Law Firm can meet with you to discuss the problem you have experienced with your automobile and your rights under California’s Lemon Law.

Required Documentation

In order for us to file a claim against your vehicle’s manufacturer, we will need to review and obtain certain documents, such as the following:

  • Purchase or lease agreement
  • Warranty
  • Repair orders
  • Registration
  • Correspondence with manufacturers or dealers
  • Any other documentation or records related to the problem.

If you engage us to proceed with a lemon lawsuit in your name, The Barry Law Firm will manage the details of your claim from start to finish, including taking care of all the paperwork and court filings your case requires. Our attorneys will also handle all communications with the court or the other side about your case.

Once your claim is filed, we will aggressively advocate on your behalf in settlement discussions with the vehicle manufacturer and its representatives. Most legal claims are resolved outside of court through a negotiated settlement. The manufacturer may offer to repurchase your vehicle and reimburse you for what you paid for the lemon, along with all or a portion of your other costs.

Your attorney will advise you of any settlement offer made and our opinion of whether it is a reasonable offer. The decision of whether to accept a settlement offer will always be yours to make.

If the manufacturer fails to make an acceptable settlement offer, we will be prepared to take a strong case to trial and present a persuasive case for the court to rule in your favor.

The Barry Law Firm will work quickly to build the strongest case possible and push the manufacturer to do what is right as efficiently as possible. We will keep you updated every step of the way and will always be available to answer your questions.

All of the work The Barry Law Firm does for you will be performed at no cost to you. Instead, vehicle manufacturers pay legal fees and costs of a Lemon Law claim.

How Long Do You Have to Make a Lemon Law Claim?

Generally, the California Lemon Law imposes a four-year deadline for filing a lawsuit. The four-year limit is typically measured from the date the vehicle owner first reported warrantable problems with the vehicle. After four years, a car owner will most likely be barred from pursuing a claim.

There is no reason to wait to contact an attorney and begin the work necessary to pursue a lemon law claim. The sooner you begin the process, the sooner we can resolve the issues with your vehicle.

On the other hand, if you thought it was too late to pursue a Lemon Law claim, but four years have not passed, contact a Los Angeles lemon law attorney at The Barry Law Firm to begin work on your case today!

Contact Our Lemon Law Attorneys in Los Angeles, CA

California offers very strong protection for consumers who have purchased a motor vehicle under warranty that turns out to be defective. Making things right still requires a legal claim in most cases.

The Barry Law Firm focuses its legal practice solely on California lemon law claims and can help you seek repayment of the cost of your defective vehicle or a new vehicle, as the law provides. Our experienced team has helped thousands of satisfied clients in California who purchased defective motor vehicles.

Contact The Barry Law Firm today to learn about how we will handle everything required of your California Lemon Law claim at no cost to you.

Phone us at 877-LEMON-03 and expect a call back within 24 hours or reach out online now. Hold the manufacturer of your defective vehicle financially accountable at absolutely no cost to you!




The Barry Law Firm

11845 W Olympic Blvd Suite 1270

Los Angeles, California 90064

Phone: 310-684-5859

Free Consultation: 877-536-6603