Orange County New Car Lemons
Protecting Consumers Under New Car Lemon Law
Buying a new car is a major financial decision and essential for every Californian. But sometimes, the car you purchase or lease turns out to be faulty or even worse — a lemon. This can leave you feeling frustrated, angry, and helpless as you’re stuck with something that does not meet your expectations or threatens your safety.
If this has happened to you in Orange County, there are laws in place designed to help protect consumers. These laws provide recourse for consumers who have purchased or leased new cars that do not live up to their intended purpose.
The first step to pursuing legal action under California's Lemon Law is to contact an experienced lemon law attorney. At O’Connor Law Group, our knowledgeable lemon law lawyers can review your case, assist you with filing a claim, negotiate with the manufacturer, and represent you in court, all at no charge to you.
What Is a Lemon?
A lemon is a term used to describe a new car that has repeated issues under warranty. In order to be eligible for relief under California's Lemon Law, these issues must affect the use, value, safety, or reliability.
Common issues with a lemon can include:
- Mechanical failure: Engine, Transmission, Fuel System, Cooling system, HVAC, suspension, emissions, steering, ignition, etc.
- Safety issues: Cars with safety issues such as faulty brakes, airbags, seatbelts, hands-frees/Bluetooth, collision sensors, or back up camera are often considered lemons.
- Lack of features: If the car lacks features that were promised at the time of purchase, it may also qualify as a lemon.
If your situation meets these criteria, you may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer. The criteria for determining what constitutes a lemon in California is outlined in the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act. Also known as California’s Lemon Law, it requires that manufacturers provide compensation or replacement for a vehicle that has failed multiple repair attempts and is still substantially defective in a way that impairs the use, value, or safety of the vehicle. Whether your car was purchased with cash, financed, or leased, any new vehicle under warranty is protected by California's Lemon Law.
A "substantial defect" is sometimes referred to as a “nonconformity” which means that the vehicle does not perform as described in its new vehicle warranty, or does not meet the requirements of its implied warranties. For example, if your new car has an engine that does not run properly or brakes that fail when applied, these could be considered substantial defects. In order to qualify for compensation under California’s Lemon Law, your vehicle must have significant defects that have not been fixed after a reasonable number of repair attempts.
If you believe your car fits these criteria, you may be able to take legal action against the manufacturer or seller of the car and receive compensation for any damages incurred due to the faulty product. This could include costs related to repairs, reimbursement or replacement of the vehicle, as well as any other expenses, including attorney fees.
Trust O’Connor Law Group to Help You with Your New Car Lemon Case
At O’Connor Law Group, we understand how disheartening it can be when something goes wrong with a new purchase — especially a new vehicle. If you find yourself in this unfortunate situation, our Orange County lemon law lawyers are here to help. We have extensive experience helping clients with new car lemon cases and can assist you with pursuing a claim. We never charge our clients for these services.
At O’Connor Law Group, our knowledgeable lemon law lawyers can provide you with assistance throughout every step of the legal process related to your lemon. With decades of combined experience representing consumers in Orange County, we have a proven track record of helping our clients get fair compensation for their defective vehicles so they can move forward without fear of further costs or hassle caused by their purchase. Don’t let a defective vehicle ruin your life.
Can My Case Be Resolved Without Having to go Through Formal Court Proceedings?In some cases, yes. The manufacturers have no incentive to engage in costly litigation for a case they believe they will lose. As such, some of our cases are resolved without a lawsuit.
What Fees Will I Have to Pay to Hire O’Connor Law Group, P.C.?
We do not charge our clients any up-front fees. The California Lemon Law includes an attorney’s fees provision which allows us to collect our fees and court costs from the automobile manufacturer at the successful resolution of the claim.
Pursuing your California lemon law claim, therefore, is economically feasible, even if you weren’t in a position to hire an attorney. Moreover, our contingency fees would not be due until we recover settlement proceeds.
Can O’Connor Law Group, P.C. Help Me if I Live in a Rural Town Hundreds of Miles Away From the Nearest Major City?
Yes. We handle lemon law cases throughout California. If needed, we will travel to your local area at no cost to you. If it is necessary to file a lawsuit in your case, the matter will be filed and litigated in your local county or district court.