Los Angeles Lemon Law Lawyer
The Bickel Law Firm, Inc.
10940 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90024-3944
Phone Number: 310-734-4099
Why Clients in Los Angeles Trust The Bickel Law Firm, Inc.
If your vehicle is a lemon and you are thinking about taking on a car dealership or an automobile manufacturer, you need to have an experienced legal team on your side. The lawyers at The Bickel Law Firm, Inc. focus exclusively on handling Lemon Law cases for consumers in the Los Angeles area and throughout the State of California. Our experienced legal team will stand up for your rights and hold manufacturers and dealers accountable for the vehicles that they sell. We know what it takes to win a case and get favorable results for our clients.
Our lawyers have extensive experience handling California Lemon Law claims. We have helped thousands of car owners fight back against the carmakers to obtain the relief that they deserve.
By limiting our civil practice to California Lemon Law, you can be sure that we will give your case the time and attention it deserves. Our attorneys understand the frustration involved in Lemon Law cases, and we will work hard to help you.
We represent consumers across California, not just Los Angeles. While we have offices in Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco, our Lemon Law lawyers represent consumers living in all parts of the state, including small towns and rural areas. We will travel to you if a meeting is necessary.
If you are tired of making trips to the dealership, contact our Lemon Law firm today. During your free initial consultation, our legal team will carefully review your case and give you the information and advice you need to make informed decisions about asserting your legal rights. When you choose our attorneys to represent you:
- We will give you straightforward, no-nonsense legal advice. You’ve dealt with enough already. The last thing you need is to get the runaround from your attorneys. We will provide you with straightforward, no-nonsense legal advice, and we will give you the information you need to start making informed decisions immediately.
- We will tell you exactly what to expect from your Lemon Law claim. Can you get your car replaced? Are you entitled to a financial recovery? How long will the process take? With experience in thousands of California Lemon Law cases, our attorneys can tell you exactly what to expect from your claim.
- We will fight to resolve your claim as quickly as possible. We will do everything possible to successfully resolve your claim without going to court. If we can convince your vehicle’s manufacturer that it is fighting a losing battle, we may be able to secure a settlement in a matter of months.
- We will be prepared to take your case to court if necessary. If going to court is your best (or only) option, we will be fully prepared to present your case at trial. We have represented numerous clients in California Lemon Law trials in Los Angeles, and we can use this experience to your advantage.
- We will make sure you feel confident in the outcome of your case. Regardless of the method of resolution, our sole priority is to make sure that you feel 100 percent confident in the outcome of your case. We want you to feel like you made the right choice of legal representation, and that we truly did everything possible to secure your desired result as quickly and painlessly as possible.
Lemon Law Trial in Los Angeles: We are able to negotiate settlements with the carmakers in the great majority of our Los Angeles Lemon Law cases. However, sometimes the manufacturers are unwilling to negotiate, and trial is necessary. We have extensive trial experience and are willing to try cases when the automakers are unwilling to make reasonable offers to settle.
Jenkins vs. BMW of North America, LLC (Los Angeles Superior Court): The Jenkins trial involved a BMW 335i with squeaky brakes. BMW refused to buy the car back, maintaining that squeaky brakes are not serious enough to qualify under the California Lemon Law. The case was tried in the Los Angeles Superior Court. Erika Kavicky from the Bickel Law Firm represented Ms. Jenkins in the trial against BMW’s Los Angeles counsel, the Lehrman Law Group. BMW’s own expert witness’s video was used against them by our office, resulting in a verdict for Ms. Jenkins. The Los Angeles jury awarded a statutory buy-back of the vehicle and an additional $10,000 in civil penalty damages against BMW for its refusal to comply with the California Lemon Law.
About our Firm
The Bickel Law Firm, Inc. provides statewide Lemon Law services to individuals who have purchased defective cars, trucks, SUVs, motorcycles, boats and other vehicles. Our team of attorneys is devoted to protecting consumers from manufacturers and dealers that sell defective products. If you have purchased or leased a vehicle that is a lemon, we are here to help. Our professional team will fight for your rights under California’s Lemon Law.
Our firm was founded by Brian J. Bickel, an attorney who has devoted his entire career to representing clients under California’s Lemon Law. With a team of attorneys and professional staff members, we handle all cases efficiently, professionally and with the level of service our clients deserve. We are passionate about what we do, not only in terms of enforcing our clients’ rights under the Lemon Law, but also in terms of providing professional service and strategic legal representation that exceed the standards set by other law firms.
While The Bickel Law Firm, Inc. has an office in Los Angeles on Wilshire Blvd., we handle Lemon Law cases across the entire State of California. Our firm believes in making our Lemon Law services convenient and easily accessible to consumers in all parts of the state. Whether you live in Los Angeles or in a more remote area, we can help. Many situations can successfully resolved by phone and email where an in-person meeting is not necessary.
About California Lemon Law
The California Lemon Law, formally known as the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, is designed to protect consumers who have purchased or leased a vehicle with defects that the dealerships have been unable to fix. When a car is under a manufacturer’s original or Certified Pre-Owned warranty and is unable to be repaired after a “reasonable number” of attempts, the consumer may be entitled to get his or her money back or receive a comparable replacement.
Obtaining a Replacement Vehicle Under California’s Lemon Law
Under California’s Lemon Law, if you purchased or leased a defective vehicle that is covered under warranty, it is up to you do decide whether you want the manufacturer to replace your vehicle or repurchase the vehicle and provide you with restitution. If you choose to receive a replacement vehicle, the law states that the manufacturer must replace your vehicle, “with a new motor vehicle substantially identical to the vehicle replaced.” The law also states:
“The replacement vehicle shall be accompanied by all express and implied warranties that normally accompany new motor vehicles of that specific kind. The manufacturer also shall pay for, or to, the buyer the amount of any sales or use tax, license fees, registration fees, and other official fees which the buyer is obligated to pay in connection with the replacement, plus any incidental damages to which the buyer is entitled . . . including, but not limited to, reasonable repair, towing, and rental car costs actually incurred by the buyer.”
Obtaining Restitution Under California’s Lemon Law
If you do not wish you receive a replacement vehicle, then the manufacturer must pay restitution according to the terms of the Lemon Law. This means that the manufacturer must pay you:
“[A]n amount equal to the actual price paid or payable by the buyer, including any charges for transportation and manufacturer-installed options, but excluding nonmanufacturer items installed by a dealer or the buyer, and including any collateral charges such as sales or use tax, license fees, registration fees, and other official fees, plus any incidental damages to which [you are] entitled . . . including, but not limited to, reasonable repair, towing, and rental car costs actually incurred. . . .”
California’s Lemon Law is different from the Lemon Law of many other states. Unlike other jurisdictions, California does not require consumers to submit a Lemon Law claim to arbitration. Additionally, the California Lemon Law does not require a specific number of repair attempts before a car owner or lessee can file a claim, nor does it restrict relief to defects that occur within a set time or mileage period.
California Lemon Law Attorneys Serving Los Angeles, CA
The Bickel Law Firm, Inc. represents car owners throughout the Los Angeles area and across State of California. In 2013, the U.S. Census Bureau placed the population of Los Angeles County at slightly over 10 million people. With such a large population base, is not surprising that estimated vehicle registrations in Los Angeles County alone exceeded 7.5 million according to 2013 California Department of Motor Vehicles records. While many residents have been trying to decrease their dependency on cars, Los Angeles County still has the highest number of vehicle registrations in the state.
Located in the Southern California region, Los Angeles is well known as the entertainment capital of the world. The city is the second largest in the United States and offers top-notch shopping and restaurants along with endless museums and tourist attractions. While public transit, ridesharing apps and even scooters provider alternate modes of transportation for some individuals, many people who live and work in Los Angeles still rely on their vehicles to get where they need to go on a daily basis.
If you rely on your vehicle and your vehicle has let you down, we want to hear from you. We want to help you, and we want to make sure the manufacturer pays for the costs you have endured. Contact us now for a free consultation, and find out why thousands of clients in Los Angeles and throughout California have trusted our legal team to represent them.
Q&A With Los Angeles Lemon Law Attorney Brian J. Bickel
Q: Does The Bickel Law Firm, Inc. handle California Lemon Law claims against all vehicle manufacturers?
Yes. All major automotive manufacturers are subject to California’s Lemon Law, and our firm has successfully represented clients who have purchased and leased virtually all makes of cars, trucks and SUVs. We also handle claims against motorcycle manufacturers, recreational vehicle (RV) manufacturers, boat manufacturers and other manufacturers of defective motor vehicles.
Q: Will I have to go to court to have my vehicle repurchased or replaced?
Not necessarily. While we cannot guarantee results in any particular case, we have resolved the majority of our clients’ claims via out-of-court settlement. If your rights are clear, we may be able to resolve your claim relatively quickly without the need to go to court. But, if your vehicle’s manufacturer refuses to settle, we will take your case to trial, and we handle cases in all Superior Court locations throughout Los Angeles County.
Q: How much does it cost to pursue a claim under California’s Lemon Law?
With us, it costs you nothing out of pocket to pursue a California Lemon Law claim. Your initial consultation is completely free, and the Lemon Law requires vehicle manufacturers to pay consumers’ legal fees and court costs for successful claims. In cases involving contingency fees, we will provide you with an itemized breakdown of your expected take-home recovery so that you can decide for yourself if it is worthwhile to move forward.
Free Initial Consultation
We offer free consultations for all California consumers, including Los Angeles residents. If you are considering pursuing a Lemon Law claim, or if you would like to find out if your vehicle is eligible for replacement or repurchase, contact us today to speak with one of our experienced attorneys. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation at The Bickel Law Firm, Inc. please call 888-800-1983 or send us your vehicle information online now.