Santa Barbara County was formed when California became a state in 1850. Today, people from all walks of life call Santa Barbara home, many of whom own or lease vehicles that turn out to be lemons. That’s the bad news. The good news is that auto consumers in the County of Santa Barbara have access to CAA — The Lemon Firm, a premier consumer advocacy practice serving clients throughout California.
We understand the aggravation of having a defective vehicle that cannot be repaired after repeated attempts. Our experienced Santa Barbara lemon law attorneys are committed to holding large automakers and dealers accountable. When you consult with us, we will take the time to learn about the repair history of your vehicle and determine whether you have a valid lemon law claim.
Well-versed in the California lemon law, we will leverage our skills and experience to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. We offer free consultations and will not charge any attorneys’ fees until we win your lemon law claim. Our fees and costs are paid by the automakers – if we don’t get you a recovery, you pay nothing. Please contact our office today so we can get started on your case.
How the California Lemon Law Protects Santa Barbara Auto Consumers
The Song Beverly Consumer Protection Act, the state’s lemon law, provides you with powerful legal remedies for warranty defects that cannot be repaired after a reasonable number of attempts. You may also have a lemon law claim if your vehicle has been out of service for 30 days or more. The statute does not specify how many repair attempts are reasonable, however.
In any event, the defect must be a substantial impairment to the performance, value, or safety of the vehicle. Despite California’s strong consumer protections, automakers often fail to live up to the promises that they make in their warranties by claiming the defect (1) was caused by the consumer misusing or abusing the vehicle or (2) is not covered under the warranty. Similarly, the dealer may argue that it has not had a reasonable number of repair attempts.
That’s where our experienced Santa Barbara County lemon law attorneys come in. We will help you compile all records of repair attempts (e.g. repair invoices, communications with the dealer/automaker, technical service bulletins) and handle all the details of your claim expeditiously. We have a well-earned reputation as fierce advocates of our clients and a proven history of helping them obtain the maximum compensation they deserve.
Types of Recovery in a Santa Barbara County Lemon Law Claim
If you have a valid lemon law claim, there are several available legal remedies to you. Under the California lemon law, the automaker must offer to:
- Replace your defective vehicle with a new one
- Repurchase the vehicle (deducting the mileage offset from the purchase price)
- Refund the purchase price
The automaker must also reimburse you for incidental damages (e.g. the cost of renting a vehicle). Additionally, an automaker that violates provisions of the lemon law may also be liable for civil penalties — up to two times the purchase price of the vehicle. Finally, the lemon law allows you to recover attorneys’ fees and costs, which means you pay nothing to us until we recover for you.
How CCA – The Lemon Firm Can Help
Although consumers in Santa Barbara are generally sophisticated, the California lemon law can be complicated and confusing. Moreover, automakers rely on powerful teams of attorneys and the nuanced language of warranties to deny meritorious claims.
At CAA – The Lemon Firm, we have the skills and tenacity to fight back. When you become our client, you will have confidence knowing that your lemon law claim is being handled by the state’s finest consumer advocacy attorneys. We will leverage our knowledge and experience to fight for your legal rights and help you recover the maxim compensation you deserve.
Contact Our Experienced Santa Barbara Lemon Law Attorneys
If you believe your vehicle is a lemon, don’t go up against the automaker alone. Turn to CAA – The Lemon Firm instead. Trust us to provide you with the informed representation you need and the dependable service you deserve.
We have a proven track record of achieving significant settlements and jury verdicts on behalf of our clients and a well-deserved reputation as the premier consumer advocacy practice serving Santa Barbara County. Please contact our office today to discuss your claim with an experienced lemon law attorney: (833) LEMON-FIRM.