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Lemon Law and Dealer Fraud Amidst COVID-19

We at The Margarian Law Firm pride ourselves for representing consumers against vehicle manufacturers and unscrupulous dealerships. Amidst the COVID-19 turmoil and uncertainty, many clients are worried about the effect on their cases. We realize the gravity of the situation for our clients whose livelihood depends on having reliable transportation. This is why we continue to fight for your rights and are available to our clients practically 15 hours a day 7 days a week. Our entire staff is working remotely, ready and able to assist you with all of your ongoing and new cases.

What is beyond our control is the effect of COVID-19 on the automotive industry. Many manufacturers and dealerships have downsized their operations and are responding to our cases slower than previously. However, the good news is that most are open, able and willing to engage with us. Some have implemented safety policies which limit client contact and as such they are not willing to schedule vehicle inspections and vehicle surrenders on settled cases. The upside to this is that you can keep your vehicle until this changes and as such you have a free vehicle until they are able to accept your vehicle. Most automobile finance companies are offering deferments and you can confirm their terms by calling them. [Here is a link to an article with more info on deferring car payments.]

Bigger picture result of COVID-19 on Lemon Law and Dealer Fraud cases is that they will be paid out and settled eventually regardless. Thus there is no reason to quit pursing your case. In fact, now is the ideal time to pull out your vehicle acquisition documents and repair records and have our firm review them for you. If you were a victim of fraud or you have a defective vehicle, but never had the time to consult an attorney, now is the time. Under the Lemon Law and Dealer Fraud consumer laws, if you have a meritorious case you are entitled to a refund and payment for your attorney’s fees. In other words, our services cost you zero dollars out of pocket. So if you are organizing your files, getting ready for a new chapter in your life, you might as well do the same with your vehicle.

Under the CA Lemon Law, aka Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, and the Federal Lemon Law, Magnusson-Moss Consumer Warranty Act, if an automobile has exhibited defects which interfere with its use or safety than the consumer is entitled to a refund. There are various ways to determine whether a vehicle qualifies but the best method is to simple consult an attorney who has done thousands of such cases and can determine if you do have a valid claim for a refund. The Dealer Fraud consumer protection laws work similarly and entitle consumers to a refund if they were a victim of fraud. Again, law firms such as The Margarian Law Firm have handled thousands of such cases and can properly and freely assess your case.

Despite the unfortunate circumstances of COVID-19 forcing us all to stay home, now is a time to get organized and better prepared for tomorrow. Doing so includes consulting an attorney for the legal needs which you have been putting aside to date. Call us for a free consultation today. Thank you and be safe.

Hovanes Margarian

Founder and Lead Counsel

The Margarian Law Firm

Automotive Litigation Attorneys

Est. 2006

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