Lemon Law

Los Angeles Lemon Law Attorneys

Did you know that California's Lemon Law requires the manufacturer of a motor vehicle leased or sold with a manufacturer's written warranty to repair the vehicle during the warranty period so that it conforms to the warranty?

If the manufacturer or dealer cannot fix the vehicle to conform to the warranty within a "reasonable" number of repair attempts during the period that the warranty is in effect, the California Lemon Law requires the manufacturer to replace the vehicle or reimburse the buyer or lessee for its purchase price, whichever the consumer prefers.


During the first 18 months or 18,000 miles, the "Lemon Law" presumes that a manufacturer has had a reasonable number of attempts to repair the vehicle if either (1) The same problem results in a condition that is likely to cause death or serious bodily injury if the vehicle is driven and the problem has been subject to repair two or more times by the manufacturer or its agents, and the buyer or lessee has at least once directly notified the manufacturer of the need for the repair of the problem as provided in the warranty or owner's manual or (2) The same problem has been subject to repair four or more times by the manufacturer or its agents and the buyer has at least once directly notified the manufacturer of the need for the repair of the problem as provided in the warranty or owner's manual or (3) The vehicle is out of service because of the repair of any number of problems by the manufacturer or its agents for a cumulative total of more than 30 days since delivery of the vehicle.

California law allows qualified consumers to return their purchased or leased vehicle to the manufacturer and receive either a Vehicle Repurchase, a Vehicle Replacement or even a "Cash-and-Keep".

What is a Vehicle Repurchase?

A "vehicle repurchase" means that you get a refund of the monies your have expended to buy or lease the vehicle. Down-payment, monthly payments, license fees, rental car and towing expenses. Also your loan or lease will be paid off in-full by the manufacturer. The manufacturer may get a deduction under the California lemon law for some of your use of the vehicle, however, only for the use before the vehicle became a lemon. What is a Vehicle Replacement?

A "vehicle replacement" means that you receive the same vehicle you currently own or lease, except that it will be a brand new one in the current model year. Your present loan (or lease) stays in place (subject to financial institution approval) and you simply continue to make the same loan (or lease) payment on the new vehicle as you did on the "lemon" vehicle. Your only expense (if any) is a payment for the use of your vehicle before it became a lemon.

What is a "Cash-and-Keep"?

"I want to keep my vehicle, but I also want to be compensated for all the problems" What is "Cash-and-Keep" as it applies to California lemon law cases? In a "Cash-and-Keep," the manufacturer agrees to pay an amount to our client that is negotiated by the attorney, which allows the client to retain their vehicle and put substantial "cash in their pocket". RK LAW GROUP'S experience allows us to often present multiple options to settlement for our clients to choose from, thus affording the greatest range of settlement options in their California Lemon Law case.


1. Am I required to notify the vehicle manufacturer or give them an opportunity to repair the problem before pursuing a Lemon Law claim?

No. So long as the manufacturer's authorized warranty repair facility has had a reasonable number of opportunities to repair a warranty problem, the manufacturer need not be given notice or an opportunity to repair the problem.

2. Is there a specific number of repair attempts that must be completed in order to have a valid Lemon Law claim?

No. There must be a "reasonable" number of repair attempts. The definition of what constitutes a reasonable number of repair attempts will vary given the vehicles particular problem(s). In general, if a problem has been subject to at least three separate repair attempts at the manufacturers authorized repair facility, or has spent more than 30 days cumulative in the shop, this is sufficient to establish a reasonable number.

3.Does the California Lemon Law apply to used vehicles?

Yes, if the repair visits occurred within the original or extended warranty period.

4.Does the California Lemon Law apply to leased vehicles?

Yes, the California Lemon Law applies to both purchased and leased vehicles.

5. Can my free consultation be conducted over the phone?

Yes, your consultation can be conducted by phone. Documents can be submitted for attorney review by email, fax, or regular mail.

6. Can my case be resolved without having to go through formal court proceedings?

In many cases, yes. The manufacturers have no incentive to engage in costly litigation on a case they believe they will lose. As such, many of our cases are resolved without a lawsuit having ever been filed.

7. What fees will I have to pay to hire RK LAW GROUP to pursue my Lemon Law Claim?

We do not charge our clients any up-front fees. The California Lemon Law includes an attorney's fees provision, which allows us to collect our hourly attorneys fees and court costs from the automobile manufacturer at the successful resolution of the claim. This makes pursuing a California Lemon Law claim economically feasible for those who would otherwise not be in a position to hire an attorney. Moreover, any applicable contingency fee would not be due until settlement proceeds are recovered.

8. How do I get started?

Call RK LAW GROUP at 800-273-9142 for a FREE consultation. Our Attorneys will protect your rights and aggressively pursue your lemon law claim.

If you think that you may qualify, call us right away! The sooner you get your Lemon Law case started, the sooner you will put this problem behind you! At RK LAW GROUP, we guarantee that your case will be handled by an attorney and not an assistant or paralegal.

Not sure you have a case? We're here to help make that determination.

No Fees until we recover for you.

There are no attorney's fees until we make a recovery. We assume all of the risk if we take on your lemon case. You do not pay any fees or costs out of pocket. We are only reimbursed if we make a recovery.

The firm handles cases throughout Southern California, including Los Angeles and Los Angeles County. Our attorneys handle criminal cases in every Los Angeles court including, but not limited to Van Nuys, San Fernando, Encino, Glendale Santa Monica, North Hollywood, Valencia, Burbank, Pasadena, Long Beach, Marina Del Ray, Santa Clarita, Chino, Pomona, Oxnard, Beverly Hills, Palmdale, Lancaster, Sherman Oaks, Westlake Village, Brentwood, Malibu, West Los Angeles, Hollywood, Universal City, Studio City, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood and Palm Springs. We also serve Alameda County, Imperial County, Kern County, Riverside county, Sacramento County, San Diego County, Santa Barbara County, San Francisco County, San Bernardino County, and Ventura County.