Whittier Lemon Law

Whittier Lemon Law Attorneys

Serving Whittier, South Whittier, and East Whittier Car Owners With Lemon Law Cases

Nearly 90,000 Californians call Whittier home. Thousands more visit Whittier each day for work, recreational activities, or to see family and friends. Many of these residents and visitors rely on their vehicles for transportation.

If you or someone you know recently purchased or leased a car in East Whittier, South Whittier, La Mirada, La Habra, or Hacienda Heights, you expect the car to run smoothly and safely and free of defects. Although regular breakdowns can happen from normal wear and tear, dangerous car defects may be an underlying cause to the serious functional issues your car is experiencing. Don’t let the frustration disrupt your daily routine. California lemon law protects those who buy or lease lemon vehicles in Whittier and other California cities. Talk to our experienced Whittier lemon law attorneys today to discuss the best next steps for getting a replacement car or refund.

California Lemon Vehicle Statistics

In 2021, drivers registered nearly 7.7 million vehicles in Los Angeles County. Many of these vehicle registrations were new vehicles. These new vehicles had been leased or purchased from auto manufacturers or their dealerships.

Most new vehicles don’t become involved in lemon law claims. The California Public Interest Group’s Auto Lemon Index found that between 2018 and 2021, less than one-half of one percent (0.5%) of all new vehicle registrations ended up fighting for lemon law rights in court.

Most lemon law claims don’t go to trial. Many are settled out of court, and not all automakers make as many vehicles with unrepairable defects as other manufacturers or distributors.

Are Some Cars More Likely to be Lemons?

Between 2018 and 2021, the top five automakers most likely to be named in lemon law claims were:

Some automakers had a tenth as many claims at the other end of the scale – or even fewer. Toyota Motor Sales, for instance, was named in one claim per 2,029 vehicles sold.

Requirements for a lemon law case
Vehicles covered by Califorina Lemon Law

Vehicles Covered by California’s Lemon Law

California’s lemon law does not apply to every vehicle or every problem. Instead, the rule applies only to cars bought or leased directly from a manufacturer or dealership. California’s lemon law covers the following:

  • Cars, pickup trucks, SUVs, EVs, and vans bought new or certified pre-owned from a manufacturer or licensed dealership.
  • Certain motorhome parts, including the chassis, cab, and drive train.
  • Vehicles owned by dealerships.
  • Vehicles bought or leased for personal use, or specific business uses.

The state’s lemon law may cover small business owners in Whittier if their business owns no more than five vehicles, including the suspected lemon. To be eligible for coverage under the lemon law, a business vehicle must have a gross weight or curb weight under 10,000 pounds.

California’s Lemon Law Does Not Apply To:

1) Private Sales

Vehicles that are purchased used in private sales or that are not covered by a manufacturer’s original or certified pre-owned (CPO) warranty are not covered under California Lemon Law.

2) Enhancements & Upgrates

California Lemon Law does not cover any aftermarket additions to vehicles.

3) Out-of-State Vehicles

Vehicles that are not purchased or leased in California (military exceptions apply) and those that haven’t been registered under the California Vehicle Code are not covered.

4) Improper Use

This includes vehicles whose issues occurred because the car was abused or used in ways other than those it was designed for.

Extended warranties, also known as extended service contracts, do not trigger the California lemon laws. To qualify, the warranty must be an original manufacturer’s warranty or a CPO warranty. Read your warranty information carefully and ask a lawyer if you have questions.

Am I covered?

Even if you’re not sure you have a lemon law claim, you can take steps to protect yourself and gather evidence. Start by collecting all the documentation related to your vehicle, and keep it together safely. Include information like:

  • Copies of repair bills, towing bills, and other costs related to the vehicle.
  • Your purchase documents.
  • A log of any conversations you’ve had with the dealership or manufacturer. Include the date, time, whom you spoke to, and a sentence or two summarizing the discussion.
  • A copy of your vehicle’s manual.
  • Copies of any written correspondence you’ve had, like letters from the manufacturer.

This information can help you and your lawyer build a case for the compensation you deserve.

Compensation in California Lemon Law Claims

California’s lemon law provides at least three different types of compensation when a vehicle owner wins a lemon law claim. These three categories are:

  • A replacement vehicle or refund

    These damages focus on the car itself. The vehicle owner may choose whether they want a substantially similar replacement vehicle from the manufacturer or a refund of the purchase price. Refunds are calculated according to a formula that appears in the California lemon law statute.

  • Incidental and consequential damages

    These damages cover losses related to the lemon vehicle, but that isn’t the vehicle itself. For example, in addition to vehicle registration costs, if you’ve racked up hundreds in towing fees because your car keeps breaking down, those towing bills may fall under incidental and consequential damages. Another typical example is rental car fees or bus fare so you could travel even though your car was in the shop. You can also seek compensation for these losses in a lemon law claim. 

  • Attorney's fees and costs

    California’s lemon law requires automakers to pay a vehicle owner’s attorney’s fees and expenses if the vehicle owner prevails. Thus, hiring one the best experienced trial lawyers to help with your lemon law claim will cost nothing out of pocket. You can fight the auto industry’s army of attorneys with your own best lemon lawyer.  Attorney’s fees and costs are paid in addition to other damages – you don’t have to pay your lawyer for your vehicle refund, for example. 

Hire an Experienced Whittier Lemon Law Attorney Today

California lemon law allows vehicle owners to pursue claims with or without an attorney. However, working with an experienced lemon lawyer can maximize your chances of success – and it will cost you nothing out of pocket. Why fight the auto industry on your own when you can hire an experienced lemon law trial lawyer to fight for you.

How Payment is Determined For Attorney Fees

Often, owners of lemon vehicles have no or limited experience with the civil court system. They may worry about the cost of litigation and the expense of hiring an attorney, especially when they don’t know if they can win their case.

California lemon law protects vehicle owners who want to protect their rights but are uncertain how to do so without a lawyer’s help. When a vehicle owner wins their lemon law claim, California law requires the automaker to pay the vehicle owner’s expenses for hiring a lawyer.  The best and most experienced lemon law attorneys do not charge you for the services or the costs of litigation. They work on a contingency basis and are paid only when they win the case.

What is Arbitration?

Arbitration is an alternative to trial. During arbitration, a neutral third party with experience handling lemon law cases, called the “arbitrator,” hears lawyers’ arguments, reviews the evidence, and makes a decision on a case. An arbitrator’s decision is often binding, which means that both you and the automaker must follow it. There is no jury and there is no appeal.

Arbitration can be a valuable alternative to trial in some cases. In lemon law claims, however, automakers often push for arbitration because arbitrators’ decisions tend to favor automakers – even when the vehicle’s owner has a legitimate claim under the state’s lemon laws.

An experienced Southern California lemon law attorney can explain why arbitration is or is not appropriate for your case and can fight for the best possible outcome.

Arbitration in Lemon Law Claims

California’s lemon law requires an automaker to pay for a vehicle owner or leaser’s attorney’s fees, costs, and expenses if their case succeeds.

A History of Results

Wirtz Law has successfully obtained recoveries for our clients in excess of $40 million.

$632,141.03

Our client, the plaintiff, purchased a brand new 2014 Focus for $40,007, including add-ons and financing. Within three days, the transmission began to slip and…

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$204,824.91

Our client, Sam P. purchased a new 2010 BMW X5, as a premium luxury SUV to enjoy in his retirement and to use for safe…

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Matthew J. and Marisa J. bought a used 2011 Dodge Durango to be their primary family vehicle, to be used to drive to and from…

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Contact Wirtz Law PC To Discuss The Next Steps for Your Lemon Law Case

If you are looking for a Whittier lemon law firm, look no further than Wirtz Law APC. If you have had enough, are fed up, and think your car is a lemon, call us at (858) 357-9549 for a free no obligation evaluation. If your vehicle is a lemon, we will take your case at no charge to you on a contingency fee basis. Wirtz Law APC provides one of the best lemon law attorney services everywhere in California, including Southern California, Northern California, Central California, and Eastern California.

If your EV, truck, car, hybrid, van, or SUV is experiencing substantial or repeated issues, speak with one of our Whittier lemon law attorneys at the Wirtz Law APC. Our firm focuses on helping Southern California consumers get the compensation they deserve after purchasing a lemon. Our team has a well-earned and well-deserved reputation as motor vehicle consumer advocates. Our Whittier lemon law team has a proven track record. We fight for our clients so that they receive the compensation they deserve. Contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation and learn more about your legal options

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