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The California Lemon Law Claims Process

Pursuing a lemon law claim can be burdensome. However, in order to arrive at a winning outcome, you need to find the best route and the steps to follow. Every state has enacted its own lemon laws to protect buyer’s rights in a lemon law claim. California Lemon Law is no exception and is in place to protect you if you have a sour deal at hand.

Checking if Your Vehicle Qualifies for a Lemon Law Claim

To be able to seek a remedy under the California Lemon Law, your car should qualify for a ‘lemon’. If you notice your vehicle has a nonconformity, which cannot be fixed after a reasonable number of repair attempts, you face a lemon deal.

Seeking Advice from a Competent Lemon Law Attorney

If you expect to win a lemon law claim in California, seek and hire a competent attorney. It may come as a relief to know that the California Lemon Law requires manufacturers to pay the attorney fees and expenses if the claim is successful. In case the claim is not successful, you need to consult the law firm about the attorney-associated fees and other expenses. In most cases, lemon law attorneys will offer consultation at no out-of-pocket cost to you. The attorney will also evaluate the merits of your claim and will clarify various claim-related issues, such as:

  • Does my vehicle qualify for a California lemon law claim?
  • Shall I allow the manufacturer or dealer opportunity to repair the nonconformity?
  • How many times shall I bring the car for repairs if certain attempts failed to work?
  • Can I apply for mileage deduction and how it is calculated?
  • Can I choose between a refund and a replacement vehicle?

Be careful to gain understanding on these and every other issue. This will help you proceed with informed decisions throughout the claims process.

Initiating the Lemon Law Claim

If you have a valid claim, the attorney will send a thorough and persuasive demand letter to the manufacturer. The Demand letter asserts your rights under California Lemon Law and initiates the claims process informally. Based on the merits of your case, this letter sets forth the request for a specific remedy to provide to the consumer.

Conducting Negotiations for a Settlement

Before proceeding to a formal litigation process, the attorney may head for negotiations. In this case, the consumer and the manufacturer may arrive at a smaller or a larger settlement. However, the success in negotiations will largely depend on the merits of your case and the skills and reputation of the attorney engaged.

Heading for a Litigation

If the negotiations fail or the manufacturer refuses to settle on agreeable terms, the claim will move to the litigation stage. The attorneys at the Margarian Law firm have a formidable reputation and can successfully handle your claim. Our attorneys take a decisive approach when litigating a case for clients. The first thing is to file a complaint with the court. Margarian Law firm will fight for the best outcome throughout the remainder of your case.

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