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1. What are Lemon Laws?
2. What qualifies my vehicle or consumer good as a Lemon?
Generally speaking, a vehicle or consumer good is considered a Lemon if it contains a defect that substantially affects its use, value, or safety and the manufacturer has been unable to repair the vehicle or consumer good within a reasonable number of repair attempts. Determining whether a reasonable number of repair attempts were made is different in each case. To learn more about whether your vehicle or consumer good can be considered a “Lemon”, contact the attorneys at Nahavandi & Azimtash LLP for a free consultation.
3. Why should I hire Nahavandi & Azimtash LLP for my Lemon?
4. Will I have to pay anything out of pocket for hiring Nahavandi & Azimtash LLP?
No; there are no upfront costs when you hire Nahavandi & Azimtash LLP to represent you with your Lemon Law claim. California and Federal legislatures were aware that consumers who purchase or lease faulty vehicles or consumer goods may not be able to afford a lawyer so they added a provision (much to the dislike of the manufacturers) that should a consumer be forced to defend his or her rights to purchase/lease a defect-free vehicle or consumer good, manufacturers, in addition to the replacement/repurchase owed to the consumer, must also pay for the consumer’s lawyer fees.
5. Does Lemon Law apply to my used vehicle or consumer goods?
Yes. All hope is not lost if you have purchased a used vehicle or consumer good since the California Lemon Laws apply to newly purchased/leased or used vehicles or consumer goods that are still under warranty. Simply put, if you purchase a used vehicle or consumer good that fails to meet the manufacturer’s warranty after a reasonable number of repair attempts, then your used vehicle or consumer good may be a Lemon and you may be entitled to a refund or a replacement vehicle/consumer good.
6. Does Lemon Law only apply to cars?
No. Although Lemon Law is generally understood to be used in the context of day-to-day cars that have multiple defects, Lemon Laws equally apply to a myriad of consumer goods and other types of vehicles. Some examples are the following: aircrafts, watercrafts (jetskis, boats, yachts, etc.), motorcycles, commercial vehicles (18-wheeler trucks, tractors, agriculture and farming vehicles, etc.), RVs and other mobile homes, ATVs and all other off-road vehicles, luxury and sport cars, electric vehicles, home appliance, and even your home’s solar panels.
7. Can I still pursue a Lemon Law claim if my car or consumer good is no longer under warranty?
The short answer is it depends. All hope is not lost if your car or consumer good is no longer under warranty. This is because if the initial repair attempt occurred while the vehicle or consumer good was under its manufacturer warranty, then the vehicle or consumer good can still qualify for Lemon Law remedies. You should contact the attorneys at Nahavandi & Azimtash LLP to learn more about your options if your vehicle or consumer good can be considered a Lemon despite not being under warranty.
8. What are some of the remedies I can get for my Lemon?
If your vehicle or consumer good is deemed to be a Lemon, the outcome may be either one of the following: Lemon Law buyback, replacement vehicle or consumer good, or cash compensation. If prior to you retaining an attorney, the manufacturer offers you a simple solution such as relieving you from say two months’ worth of payments, or a few hundred dollars, do not accept their offer until you speak with the attorneys at Nahavandi & Azimtash LLP who are willing to consult you on any offers you have received at no charge to you. Of course, as the client, you are in the driver’s seat and can accept any offer or remedy that is offered to you in the course of Nahavandi & Azimtash LLP’s representation.
9. How long do Lemon Law claims normally take?
It depends. The attorneys at Nahavandi & Azimtash LLP believe in amicable, pre-litigation resolution and will work tirelessly to get a suitable settlement prior to filing a lawsuit. This process can take up to 30-45 days. However, should manufacturers fail to remedy the “Lemon” that was sold or leased to the consumer, the attorneys at Nahavandi & Azimtash LLP will proceed with a formal lawsuit and aggressively litigate on behalf of their clients. This process can take much longer than 30-45 days.
10. Can I still pursue recovery under Lemon Laws if I no longer own the vehicle or consumer good?
Yes. You can still pursue recovery under Lemon Laws if you no longer own the vehicle or consumer good. This situation comes up most often when a consumer leases a vehicle or consumer good and the lease has since ended, or when a consumer has sold the vehicle or consumer good that the consumer once owned. Assuming your claim is still timely, you can still pursue a Lemon Law claim for the vehicle or consumer good you no longer own. You should contact the attorneys at Nahavandi & Azimtash LLP to learn more about your options if you no longer possess the vehicle and/or consumer good that you believe was a “Lemon”.
11. Will I be able to purchase another vehicle/consumer good from the manufacturer that sold me a Lemon if I pursue a Lemon Law action against them?
Yes. You need not worry about not being able to purchase or lease another vehicle or consumer good from the manufacturer that sold or leased you the Lemon vehicle or consumer good. This is because the Lemon Laws are to remedy a specific vehicle or product that the manufacturer, most of the times through its authorized dealerships, sold or leased to a consumer.
12. Can I still pursue a Lemon Law action if I purchased or leased my car/consumer good from another state other than California?
Yes. You can either use the Federal Lemon Laws, California’s ancillary laws designed to protect consumers, or the Lemon Laws of the state which you purchased your vehicle. In addition, in the event that you purchased or leased a vehicle while on military duty in another state, you can still seek remedies under California Lemon Laws. You should contact the attorneys at Nahavandi & Azimtash LLP to learn more about your options if you purchased or leased your vehicle and/or consumer good in another state other than California.
13. How long do I have to pursue a Lemon Law claim?
Like all other legal claims, Lemon Law claims must meet a time requirement called the Statue of Limitations, which is basically a time limit by which Lemon Law claims must be filed with the court. In California, the time limit for a consumer to file a lemon law lawsuit is four years.
This four-year deadline commences from the time that the consumer first experienced the reoccurring defects with the vehicle or the consumer good. However, despite the four-year limit, it is imperative that the consumers of Lemon products act as soon as possible since delaying the claim may adversely affect the consumer’s Lemon Law lawsuit outcome. You should contact the attorneys at Nahavandi & Azimtash LLP to learn more about your options regarding whether your Lemon Law claim is still timely or viable.
14. What if I made modifications to my car/consumer good?
The short answer is it depends. All hope is not lost if your car or consumer good was modified. In short, if you made modifications that reasonably led to the defects that are the basis of your lemon claim, then you may not have remedies under Lemon Law. Nonetheless, you should contact the attorneys at Nahavandi & Azimtash LLP to learn more about your options if you made modifications to your vehicle or consumer good, but your vehicle or consumer good is experiencing reoccurring defects.
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