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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is my recovery?
    Under the Lemon Law, consumers may recover a refund of all of their money, a replacement product, and/or reimbursement of losses sustained as a result of the defective product? This can include finance charges, repair costs, rental car costs, and reimbursement for other after-market additions made to the vehicle.
  • What do I or will I owe Sage Law Group, LLP for taking on my case?
    Nothing if we do not prevail for you. If we prevail, we recover our fees and costs from the store, dealer or manufacturer.
  • Does the Lemon Law cover used vehicles?
    Yes, as long as you purchased or leased the vehicle with an express or implied warranty.
  • Does the Lemon Law cover commercial vehicles?
    Yes, as long as the person or business who uses the vehicle has five or fewer vehicles registered to their name. The Lemon Law covers small businesses who frequently use their vehicles for operations, deliveries, and transportation activities.
  • Does the Lemon Law cover my vehicle if I purchased or leased it outside of California?
    No, but there are other laws that may protect you in the event your new or used vehicle suffers from defect.
  • How many times do I need to deliver my vehicle for repairs before it is considered a lemon?
    It often depends on the individual circumstances of each case, but the general rule is that you are required to give the store, dealer or manufacturer at least two opportunities to repair the defects. For issues that are safety related, if the vehicle remains defective after the second repair visit, you generally are covered by the Lemon Law. For issues that are not safety related, but still affect the use or value of the vehicle, you may want to permit the store, dealer or manufacturer at least three opportunities to make the repairs. However, if you have any doubt about whether an issue is a safety problem, either return it immediately for repairs or call Sage Law Group, LLP.
  • Can I keep driving my vehicle while you are seeking relief on my behalf?
  • Do I have to keep making payments on the vehicle while you are representing me?
    Generally, yes. However, if you are required to obtain alternative transportation and cannot make payments on both vehicles, there are sometimes strategies that we can employ to help you manage that burden. Call us to discuss.
  • What is a Civil Penalty and am I entitled to one?
    The Lemon Law provides for the recovery of a Civil Penalty under circumstances where the store, dealer or manufacturer knows it must offer you a refund or replacement product, but it intentionally refuses to make that offer to you. In appropriate cases, we will discuss the recovery of a Civil Penalty in more detail with you. The Civil Penalty may be awarded to you in any amount up a maximum of two times the price of your vehicle.
  • What if I decide after I retain you not to proceed forward with the action?

    You may terminate your relationship with us at any time, however, if very late in the proceedings and you ask another attorney to take over your case from us, we may ask that the other attorney pay our fees and costs out of any settlement or judgment they receive for those amounts.

  • Will I have to provide testimony and appear in Court?
    The vast majority of Lemon Law cases settle prior to trial. However, if the store, dealer or manufacturer continues to dispute your claims, it may become necessary for you to give testimony. If so, you will be fully prepared by our office and you will not be alone.
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  • Are Manufacturers Responsible for Repairs?

    The Lemon Law requires manufacturers who cannot repair the defects in your product to refund your money or replace it with a product that is not defective. It is that simple! The law also requires retail stores and dealers to sell and lease you a product that is free of defects. If a store sells or leases you a defective product, you are entitled to your money back even if you have used the product for a considerable period of time.

    Under Lemon Law, manufacturers are required to honor the warranties they have provided to you. You paid for the warranty when you purchased or leased the item, so manufacturers have to stand behind that warranty. This means that they must promptly, conveniently, and permanently repair your product. If they cannot, the Lemon Law steps in to help you.