Lemon Law FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions About Lemon Law in Irvine California
Dealing with a malfunctioning car can be frustrating. In fact, cars are so vital in our Southern California lifestyle that over 70% of Irvine residents relies on two or more vehicles. At Alipour Law Group, we are prepared to help you get compensation for your lemon car in Irvine or the surrounding Orange County cities.
Q. How do I know my car is a lemon in California?
A. Your vehicle qualifies as a lemon if it meets these basic requirements
- Your vehicle’s malfunction greatly dangers the use, value, or safety of the car
- Your vehicle’s malfunction is covered under the manufacturer’s warranty
- You attempted to get your vehicle’s malfunction repaired at least four times. If the malfunction is a serious danger to safety, you attempted to get the issue repaired at least twice.
- Your vehicle was in the shop for more than a total of 30 cumulative days for repairs (optional)
Q. What do I do if my car is a lemon in California?
A. If your vehicle qualifies as a lemon, you can get compensation. There are several options that may be possible such as a buyback, where the manufacturer repurchases your vehicle. A buyback gives compensation for your vehicle payments, registration, and certain damages. Another option can be a recall where the manufacturer recognizes the issue and notifies all vehicle owners of the defect that needs to be fixed. If this occurs, you are eligible for compensation for damages.
Q. What if my car is not a lemon in California?
A. Even if your vehicle does not meet the requirements, you can still file a valid lemon law claim against the manufacturer. While many people assume that they don’t have a valid claim, they are not fully aware of their rights. We highly recommend that you consult with our experienced lemon law team to protect you and your car.
Q. What is a “buyback” under lemon law in California?
A. In lemon law, a buyback is when the manufacturer chooses to buy back your vehicle from you. Rather than taking it away, manufactures compensate you for the amount you paid for the vehicles, as well as other costs or damages that were associated with your lemon vehicle. We highly recommend that you discuss with our experienced team of lemon law attorneys to help you fully understand your case.
Q. I use a business car; can it still qualify as a lemon in California?
A. Absolutely! Even if your vehicle is for business, it can still be a lemon. While there are specific requirements that businesses must follow, such as having up to five vehicles registered under the business, our expert lemon law team is ready to take on your lemon car in Irvine.
Q. What are some common problems with a lemon car in California?
A. In general, lemon law covers vehicle issues that relate to the use, value, or safety of your vehicle. For instance, if the airbags are faulty, it is a issue that can be covered under lemon law.
Some common problems that many lemon car owners experience are, but not limited to:
- Engine failure
- Transmission issues
- Faulty brakes or suspension
- Seatbelt malfunction
- Oil, radiator, or coolant leaks
- Ignition system failure
If you have been experiencing any of these problems with your car, consult with our expert lemon lawyers to discuss what options can maximize your compensation.
Q. I have a faulty motorcycle in Irvine, is it a lemon in California?
A. A lot of motorcycle and recreational vehicle (RV) owners assume that lemon law only applies to cars and trucks. However, under California Lemon Law, all recreational vehicles such as motorcycles, RVs, vans, and motorhomes are covered. If you have any questions about your motorcycle or recreational vehicles, contact us at Alipour Law Group to efficiently resolve your case.
Q. My car is older and has a lot of miles, can it be a lemon in California?
A. Even if your vehicle has more than 18,000 miles or is an older model (18+ months), if you had issues during the warranty period and had made efforts to get the issue fixed, you are entitled to compensation for those costs. Similarly, even if the warranty may be expired by now, as long as the issues occurred during the warranty period, it is covered by California Lemon Law.
Q. Where can I get my car repaired for it to be a lemon in California?
A. Many vehicle owners think that they have to go to the manufacturer directly to get the issues fixed. Instead, you can also go to any authorized repair shop to get your vehicle fixed. Therefore, going to the manufacturer is not the only way that your car can be a lemon.
Q. If I bought a used car in Irvine, can it still be a lemon in California?
A. As long as the used car was purchased with a warranty, it can qualify as a lemon. The same can be said for faulty leased vehicles that are still under a manufacturer’s new car warranty. If you believe that you bought a faulty used car in Irvine or the surrounding Orange County cities, it is important that you speak with our experienced lemon law attorneys to get the compensation you deserve.
Q. How much does it cost to hire a lemon lawyer in California?
A. We understand how frustrating it can be to deal with a faulty car. That is why at Alipour Law Group, we prioritize getting you a favorable and successful claim before collecting attorney fees. In most cases, we will collect our fees from the manufacturer so that you don’t have to go through the hassle. If you have any questions or concerns about how much time and resources may go into your case, please reach out to Alipour Law Group for an honest and professional estimate.
Q. Do I really need a lemon law attorney in Irvine or the greater Southern California region?
A. The legal process for your lemon car can be very complicated. While it is 100% your decision to hire a lemon law attorney, we highly recommend that you let us help you. At Alipour Law Group, our expert lemon law team is dedicated to assembling the best case, finding evidence, avoiding mistakes, and communicating with manufacturers so that the case goes smoothly as planned. If you want to learn more about what Alipour Law Group can do for you, please contact us for a free consultation about your case.
Q. I don’t live near Irvine, can Alipour Law Group still help with my lemon case in California?
A. Absolutely! We take lemon law cases all over Southern California. Whether you live in Orange County or the greater Southern California area, our experienced team is ready to handle your case and get you the compensation you deserve, no matter where you are.