Over $40 Million Recovered For Our Clients
Wirtz Law APC
We are one of California’s best experienced and most successful trial attorneys. At Wirtz Law APC, we provide aggressive representation to auto consumers throughout California. We have in-depth knowledge of the California Lemon Law and the determination to hold big automakers accountable for selling defective vehicles to California consumers like you.
Our trial lawyers have an impressive track record, having recovered more than $34 million for our clients. We strive for maximum damages for you. We don’t settle for less. We fight to win — in and out of the courtroom. California has one of the strongest consumer protection laws in the country. But if you’ve been stuck with a defective vehicle, it takes an experienced lemon law attorney to protect your rights.
Contact our office today for a free consultation. All our fees and costs are paid by the automakers. You pay nothing to us if we don’t recover for you.
Representing Consumers in California Lemon Law Claims
At Wirtz Law APC, we have a well-deserved reputation as dedicated consumer advocates with a proven history of achieving successful outcomes in lemon law claims. Our trial attorneys are comfortable in any forum — mediation, arbitration, litigation — and are frequently retained by other attorneys to try their most challenging cases.
Whether you need assistance with a lemon law claim or your business is involved in a dispute, you need the powerful representation we provide. Contact our office today to schedule a no-cost consultation.
How Does the California Lemon Law Work?
Under the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act (the California Lemon Law), automakers are required to promptly buy back your defective car or truck. Your vehicle may qualify for repurchase when the automaker has not repaired your vehicle under warranty after a reasonable number of attempts. The lemon law also applies to used vehicles, as long as you’ve presented it for repair during the original warranty or Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) warranty period.
To qualify for a repurchase, the defects must substantially impair the use, value or safety of your vehicle. There is also no requirement under California’s lemon law for a vehicle to have the same repeated defect. If you have repeatedly brought your car in for repairs for any of the following defects, it might qualify as a lemon.
If the dealer cannot repair your vehicle after a reasonable number of attempts (which can be as few as two), the manufacturer must replace or repurchase your vehicle.
Common lemon law defects include:
- Air bag defects
- Air conditioner defects
- Antilock braking system failure
- Automatic transmission failure
- Brake pedal failure
- Defective seat belts
- Electrical problems
- Engine computer and cruise-control malfunctions
- Engine failure
- Fuel injection system leaks
- Fuel line defects
- Paint defects
- Power steering loss
- Premature brake/rotor wear
- Seat belt failure
- Steering pull
How Much is My
Lemon Law Claim Worth?
The manufacturer must either replace your defective vehicle with a brand new one or buy back your vehicle. The manufacturer is also required to reimburse you for incidental and consequential costs (e.g. , the cost of renting a vehicle or towing) you incurred while the dealer was attempting to repair your vehicle.
In addition, if we can prove that the manufacturer willfully violated the California Lemon Law, the manufacturer may also be required to pay you a civil penalty of up to two times your actual damages. The automaker is also responsible for paying your attorneys’ fees and costs, which means you pay nothing to us until we win your claim.
Why Choose Wirtz Law APC
When you become our client, your claim will be handled by an accomplished lemon law attorney. Although automakers and dealers have an unfair advantage over consumers, we know how to level the playing field. Wirtz Law tries more cases to jury verdict in a year than most attorneys attempt in a career. We are the attorneys that other law firms hire to try their cases, and the automakers know it.
We know the tactics they use to deny responsibility for vehicle defects, whether claiming the defects are not covered under the warranty or were caused by the consumer’s misuse of the vehicle. The best way to protect your rights is to have the aggressive representation we provide.
There are also steps you can take to protect yourself. It is critically important to keep copies of all repair bills, maintain records of any incidental expenses, and document all communications with the dealer and/or manufacturer. Our legal team will rely on this evidence to support your claim. Above all, we will help you recover all the compensation you deserve, whether through negotiation or litigation.
Why You Need a
California Lemon Law Attorney
If your car or truck has been in for repeated repairs or out of service for an extended period of time, you may have a lemon on your hands. That’s the time to call Wirtz Law APC. We will determine whether you have a valid lemon law claim, and, if so, fight to protect your rights.
While many claims can be resolved through settlement negotiations, we are always prepared to go to trial to achieve the best possible outcome. In recent years, we have tried dozens of cases with an impressive record of success. In fact, Wirtz Law is hired by other lemon law firms to try their cases. We know the big automakers’ tricks and how to fight back against them. We strive to obtain the maximum compensation you deserve.
Our legal team will:
- Help you understand which documents are necessary for your case (e.g. manufacturer’s warranty, repair invoices)
- Have an expert evaluate your vehicle’s repair history
- File your lemon law lawsuit, if necessary
- Help you navigate the litigation process and handle your lawsuit from start to finish, including representing you at trial to pursue your rights if the automaker fails to comply with California’s Lemon Law.
- Negotiate settlement with the automaker
- Keep you informed
In addition to being dedicated consumer advocates, we represent clients in California and around the country on the following matters:
Wirtz Law assists trademark owners — no matter how big or small — in enforcing or defending trademarks. With experience litigating in jurisdictions throughout the United States, we can take on your infringement claims no matter where they are.
Wirtz Law works with startups, growing, and established businesses across multiple industries to resolve a wide range of disputes related to:
- Fiduciary duties
- Trade secrets
- Unfair competition
All of our consultations are free and there’s no obligation. Don’t hesitate to contact us.
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