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Vehicle Defects, Repairs and Recalls Under Lemon Law

Vehicle Defects, Repairs and Recalls Under Lemon Law | L.A.California law specifies the circumstances that qualify for a lemon law claim. These cases are complicated and require intimate knowledge of the legal system. A lemon law attorney can help you determine whether or not you have a case. Your vehicle could qualify as a lemon if the defect is unable to be repaired, but if your vehicle or a part of your vehicle was recalled, you might not have a valid claim.

Vehicle Recalls Vs. Lemon Law

Vehicles are recalled for a variety of reasons each year. You will typically be approached by the dealer and asked to bring in your vehicle to correct the defect. If the dealership is able to fix the problem, then you can resume your life as usual without worrying about filing a lemon law claim. However, if the dealer failed to repair the issue, you could be eligible for a refund.

There are a few requirements that must be met in order for your vehicle to be considered a lemon including one or more of these qualifications:

  • There’s a substantial defect with the vehicle.
  • The defect occurred while the vehicle was under warranty and within 18,000 miles or 18 months of your purchase.
  • You have made several (at least 2) attempts to fix the defect through the manufacturer, none of which worked.
  • The vehicle has been under warranty repairs for more than 30 days.
  • The vehicle defect involves a severe safety issue such as problems with seatbelts, steering or using the brakes.

If you’re concerned your vehicle is a lemon, please contact our attorney in California at (855) 341-2611 to discuss your potential lemon law case. The Law Office of Howard D. Silver serves clients throughout California including Los Angeles, Riverside, Ventura and San Bernardino. 

Posted Date: 
Friday, March 3, 2017

3 Reasons You Need a Lemon Law Attorney

3 Reasons You Need a Lemon Law Attorney | CaliforniaA motor vehicle can be deemed a lemon for a variety of manufacturing defects. If your vehicle has been in and out of service more than three times or in the shop for more than a month within a short period of your purchase, you likely have a lemon law claim. The process of filing a lemon law claim can be confusing, and you may end up with less than you’re owed from the manufacturer if you represent yourself.

There are many reasons you need an attorney for your lemon law case such as:

1. An Attorney Can Make Sure the Manufacturer is Held Accountable.

A lemon law attorney knows how to move your claim through the long process and make sure the manufacturing company is held accountable for repairs, refunds and any other costs associated with your vehicle. Some manufacturers will try to delay or deny your claim. Our attorney in California specializes in lemon law and will work with you to settle your claim for the full amount of compensation you deserve.

2. You’re Not Responsible for Legal Fees for Your Lemon Law Case.

California lemon law requires the manufacturer to pay the attorney fees for your claim. Our attorney works on a contingency-fee basis, and if we don’t recover compensation for your case, we don’t charge you. You can schedule a free consultation without worrying about hidden charges and fees.

3. Lemon Law Attorneys Work These Cases on a Regular Basis.

When you approach an attorney to represent you, it’s important to choose one who specializes in this area of law. Howard D. Silver knows the details behind California Law and handles these types of cases daily. He can answer your lemon law questions and help you find a fast and appropriate resolution.

If you believe your vehicle is a lemon, please contact our attorney in Los Angeles today at (855) 341-2611 to schedule your FREE consultation. The Law Office of Howard D. Silver serves clients throughout California including L.A., Riverside, Ventura and San Bernardino. 

Posted Date: 
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

What is the California ‘Lemon Law’?

When you purchase a product, you expect it to live up to the warranty and for any defects to be addressed by the manufacturer. Technically, the California Lemon Law applies only to motor vehicles. However, you have the same protection as a consumer when you buy a product such as a boat, RV or even a computer. Learn more about types of lemon law in California from our consumer rights attorney, Howard Silver, in the video above.  

If you have questions about lemon law, please contact The Law Office of Howard D. Silver in Oak Park at (855) 341-2611 for a FREE consultation. Our lawyer serves clients throughout California including the Los Angeles, Riverside, Ventura and San Bernardino counties. 

Posted Date: 
Monday, February 27, 2017

Mr. Silver Named Number 1 Lemon Law Attorney in California

Best Lemon Law Lawyer in CaliforniaIn a blog published in Headlines and Global News in October, 2016, our attorney, Mr. Howard D. Silver, was named as the number one lemon law lawyer in California! Mr Silver specializes in lemon law, consumer rights laws, and identty theft laws. He is considered a foremost expert in his fields, especially lemon law, and is here to offer his services to you and your family.

What is Lemon Law?

According to California law, a vehicle is considered a lemon if you purchased it and it was defective from its purchase or manufacture. A lemon usually gives you consistent trouble from the minute you buy it and the problem persists even after attempts are made to fix it. California law states that a vehicle can be considered a lemon if the following has occurred:


  • A licensed mechanic has tried to fix the same problem at least two times without success

  • The manufacturer or dealer has attempted to fix the same problem at least four times without it being remedied

  • You were unable to use your vehicle for at least 30 days because of the repairs it required


If you believe you have a lemon, there are legal steps you can take to seek financial compensation, including having your vehicle purchased back by the dealer or manufacturer. Furthermore, if your lemon caused any out-of-pocket expenses while you were attempting to get it fixed, we can help you seek reimbursement for those.

Who to Trust With Your Lemon Law Case?

As the article from Headlines and Global News points out, our attorney has been serving clients in the Los Angeles area for decades and even offers free consultations. Our firm will work with you to learn the important details of your case, seek the help of experts, and find the best way to help you get restitution for a vehicle that you purchased without knowledge of its unfixable problems. As Christian Limpiada of Headlines and Global News wrote, “attorney Howard Silver can help you get back on track and calculate what you deserve.”


Therefore, if you believe that your vehicle is a lemon, please do not hesitate to contact the number one rated lemon law attorney in California, Howard D. Silver today. You can fill out the contact form on this page and we will get right back to you or you can call us at (855) 341-2611. We are proud to serve clients in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, and the surrounding California areas.

Posted Date: 
Thursday, November 10, 2016

What Type of Problems Have to Occur Before My Vehicle Becomes a Lemon?

If you have purchased a vehicle that has had a lot of problems from the minutes you brought the vehicle home, there are legal options that you can take to get financial restitution for your lemon vehicle. In this video, our attorney, Howard D. Silver, explains the problems required for a lemon law case in California:


To schedule a free consultation with our attorney, please contact us today by calling (855) 341-2611. We are proud to serve clients in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, and the surrounding California areas.

Posted Date: 
Friday, November 11, 2016

Video -- Should I Go To Arbitration or Hire a Lemon Law Lawyer?

When you purchase a vehicle that, from very early on, continues to fail or have mechanical problems, you may have purchased a lemon. California lemon law dictates that you have legal rights against the manufacturer of the vehicle and possibly against whomever sold it to you as well. In this video, our attorney, Howard D. Silver, explains whether you should go to arbitration or take your case to court and why it is so important to hire an attorney to help you with either option.

Contact our Attorney for Help with Your Lemon Law Case

If you believe you have a lemon, it is always in your best interest to seek help from an attorney. Manufacturers and dealers will do everything in their power to keep from paying you a settlement or giving you a refund, but our attorney can help to protect you and your rights. We recommend that you never allow a company to convince you go into arbitration without an experienced lemon law lawyer representing you.

Contact the Law Office of Howard D. Silver today for your free case evaluation. You can call us at (855) 341-2611. We proudly serve clients in Los Angeles, Riverside, Ventura, and the surrounding California areas.

Posted Date: 
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Are You Driving a Lemon? - Everything You Need to Know

California Lemon Law AttorneysWhen you purchase a vehicle, you have a rightful expectation that your vehicle will work properly and function as expected. Unfortunately, there are times when a vehicle is manufactured or sold with existing problems that cannot be fixed. When this occurs, your vehicle may be considered a lemon and you can file for compensation or replacement under California lemon law statutes.

At the Law Office of Howard D. Silver, our attorney has had decades of experience helping members of San Bernardino County seek help when they've discovered they purchased a lemon. He specializes in lemon law and consumer fraud so he understands how difficult these cases can become. Mr. Silver can use his experience to help you with your case, so please contact us today by calling (855) 341-2611.

What is a Lemon?

If you have a vehicle that you've tried to have fixed multiple times to no avail, it may be a lemon. However, there are very specific laws in California when considering a lemon, so you have to be sure that your car meets the necessary guidelines.

The following are the imperatives for your vehicle to qualify as a lemon:

  • You have to have tried to have your vehicle fixed at least twice at a reputable mechanic, but the problem with your vehicle still exists
  • The issue with your car has to render it unsafe or unusable
  • There have been four unsuccessful attempts to fix your vehicle done by the manufacturer or dealer
  • Your vehicle was unusable for over 30 total days due to warranty repairs

California law further states that the repair attempts to your vehicle must have been performed within 18 months of you purchasing the vehicle or 18,000 miles, whichever happens first.

Types of Lemon Law

Depending on the type of vehicle you have, there are multiple different statutes and requirements that apply. Here is some information about the different types of lemon law in California:

  • New car lemon law -- your vehicle must be used for personal uses and not for business or it must weigh less than 10,000 pounds and be used for an LLC, corporation, association, or partnership. Your vehicle must also still be covered by the manufacturer's warranty. New car lemon law can also apply to the chassis or chassis cab of a motor home.
  • Used car lemon law -- these cases vary wildly depending on specific circumstances. However, if your vehicle has problems that can't be fixed, it may fall under some form of lemon coverage if you have an expressly written warranty that was issued by the seller.
  • Motorcycle lemon law -- your motorcycle must have been purchased in California for its state lemon laws to apply to your bike. Your motorcycle must also have a warranty covering whichever defect you're encountering and you must have brought it either to the manufacturer or a shop that the manufacturer authorized in order for repairs to be attempted.
  • Motor home lemon law -- in California, lemon laws only apply to certain portions of a motor home which include the chassis, portion of the motor home that houses devices dedicated to propulsion, and, in some cases, your living quarters. The motor home must have been unusable for 30 days within the first 18 months or 18,000 miles of ownership due to warranty repairs. Also, you must have tried to have the motor home repairs at least twice to no avail or the manufacturer/dealer must have tried at least four times with no success to repair the problem.

Protect Yourself from a Lemon

Now that you know what constitutes lemon law in California, what can you do to avoid inadvertently purchasing a lemon? Our attorney has been helping with these types of cases for so long that he has some tips that can help when you're looking to purchase a vehicle.

Here are some ways to avoid purchasing a lemon (though a lemon may still exist without any way to avoid it):

  1. Do your research -- prior to purchasing a vehicle, research consumer reports, news stories, and recalls on the vehicles you're interested in purchasing. It is always good to know if your vehicle frequently had recalled parts because that could be a sign of bad manufacturing. It is also important to know how other people's experiences have gone with that type of car.
  2. Be thorough with the dealer -- ask every question you can think of when it comes to your new or used vehicle. Request to see a historical report of everything that has happened to a used vehicle (accidents, flooding, etc.) and, if the seller won't give it to you, don't purchase the vehicle.
  3. Take a test drive -- always, always, always test drive the vehicle you're interested in purchasing. Don't be afraid to do things in the test drive to show you how the vehicle will really perform when you're driving it -- brake hard, accelerate quickly, go over bumps, and listen/watch for anything out of the ordinary.
  4. When it comes to your warranty, pay attention -- read your warranty and determine exactly what is covered and for how long. Make sure that your dealer discloses everything about the warranty to you and, if they withhold information, walk away from the deal.
  5. Document everything -- save everything when you purchase a vehicle. Also, if you have to begin the process of seeking repairs, document dates, locations, prices, etc.

Our Attorney Can Help with Your Lemon Law Case

If you believe your vehicle might be a lemon, you have recourse to file a lawsuit to be reimbursed for all repair costs and maybe even for the complete replacement of your vehicle. These types of cases require the expertise of an attorney that specializes in them, so please contact Howard Silver today for a free consultation. You can contact us by filling out the form on this page or calling us at (855) 341-2611. We proudly serve clients in Los Angeles, Riverside, Ventura, San Bernardino County, and the surrounding areas.

Posted Date: 
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Is Your Car Making You Sick?

A class-action lawsuit has been filed by several owners of 2015 Honda CR-V vehicles. The plaintiffs allege that their vehicles vibrate while they're in use and that the vibration is so severe is can even make people sick, causing nausea, back pain, and headaches.

In several of the cases, the buyers of these SUVs attempted to return their vehicle within a day of purchase, but were denied. In other cases, the dealerships attempted to repair the vehicle's alternator shaft or other engine parts, but the vibration was never remedied.

Honda is aware of the vibration issues and has released a video explaining why they believe the vibration occurs and are researching ways to remedy the problem. The video also explains that Honda does not have a way to repair the problem yet. Honda encourages owners of vehicles that experience vibrations to take them to their local Honda dealership for evaluation.

Did these purchasers buy a lemon? Should they be allowed to return their vehicles or receive compensation for the suffering they've undergone.

Our Los Angeles lemon law attorney can help you answer these questions and help you determine if you have a lawsuit against Honda. Contact Howard D. Silver today so you can discuss your case and determine a course of action.

Call us at (855) 341-2611.


Posted Date: 
Friday, September 18, 2015

How can you Avoid Buying a Lemon Motorcycle

Whether you’re purchasing a new motorcycle or are looking to get a used model, there are multiple ways to protect yourself from purchasing a lemon motorcycle. A lemon motorcycle is one that is sold to you with malfunctioning parts that cannot be fixed. In order to avoid purchasing a lemon, our Los Angeles lemon law attorney would like to share some tips with you about avoiding a lemon motorcycle.

The following are important when purchasing a motorcycle to keep you from accidentally ending up with a lemon:

  • Check the tires thoroughly – look for any wear, imbalances, or other problems with the tires
  • Take a thorough test drive – look for any colored exhaust gas, soot on the exhaust, listen for any abnormal sounds, and pay attention to any abnormal smells. Any of these could be indications of a problem with the bike.
  • Find out all of the important details about the warranty – get the full warranty in writing and, if it’s covered by a third party, ensure that you get all of the details
  • Document everything about your purchase and test drive – keep track of all information about your bike and ensure that it’s in writing

If you purchase a motorcycle and discover that it doesn’t operate properly, it may be a lemon. If this is the case, our Los Angeles lemon law attorney can help you determine the best course of action. Contact Howard Silver today to discuss your case for free and see how we can help you seek financial compensation. Call us at (855) 341-2611.

Posted Date: 
Thursday, August 27, 2015

A Lemon is a Citrus Fruit, Unless You’re Talking About Your Vehicle!

Man Looks at his broken down car. Our Los Angeles lemon law attorneys can helpTypically, when you think of a lemon, you think of a yellow, citrus fruit that you can squeeze, garnish, or zest onto your favorite foods. Those are types of lemons that you want, trust us! The lemons that our Los Angeles lemon law attorneys are familiar with are the vehicles that are knowingly manufactured or sold with defects.

What Makes a Vehicle a Lemon?

If you’ve recently bought a vehicle and find yourself constantly taking it in for repairs or experiencing problems, it is very possible that you purchased a lemon. In California, there are statutes that protect you if you inadvertently purchased a lemon.

According to California law, a vehicle is considered a lemon if the following happens:

  • 2 attempts to fix the vehicle at a licensed repair shop that didn’t fix the problem
  • 4 attempts to fix the vehicle by the dealer or manufacturer that didn’t fix the problem
  • Your vehicle is still within warranty and has been inoperable for more than 30 days

Our Los Angeles, California Lemon Law Attorneys Can Help

If you purchased a vehicle and believe that the manufacturer or dealer knew that they were selling you something that wasn’t properly functioning, you may recourse to file a lawsuit. The Law Office of Howard D. Silver can help you get financial compensation and get you in the vehicle you deserved from the beginning. To contact us, please call us at (855) 341-2611 today.

Posted Date: 
Tuesday, April 14, 2015


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