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The Bickel Law Firm

Experienced Lemon Law Attorneys

Serving All of California

Los Angeles Lemon Law Firm

Bickel Sannipoli APC, A Lemon Law Firm of California 
10940 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 1600
Los Angeles, California 90024-3944
Phone Number: 310-734-4099


Los Angeles Lemon Law Attorneys with a Track Record of Large Settlements and Victories in Court

We are able to negotiate settlements with the carmakers in the great majority of our lemon lawyer 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 Bickel Sannipoli APC 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 law. 

Strategic Advantage

While Bickel Sannipoli APC 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 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, our attorneys 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, 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

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 many other states. Unlike other jurisdictions, California does not require consumers to submit a claim to arbitration. Additionally, it 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.

Los Angeles Lemon Law Attorneys Serving CA

Bickel Sannipoli APC 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

Does Bickel Sannipoli APC 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.

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.

How much does it cost to pursue a claim?

With us, it costs you nothing out of pocket to pursue a California Lemon Law claim. Your initial consultation is completely free, and 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 with a Los Angeles Lemon Lawyer

We offer free consultations for all California consumers, including Los Angeles residents. If you are considering pursuing a 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 Bickel Sannipoli APC please call 888-800-1983 or send us your vehicle information online now.

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Hear What Our Clients Have To Say

"I was blown away at how fast the settlement wrapped up. I was told about 8 months to a year for success, but Brian Wagner and his supporting team did a fantastic job, perhaps 6 months ahead of schedule. From my initial consultation with Erika, her assessment of my case, including the assigning of Mr. Wagner as counsel, the stress reducing assurance of paralegal Andy Kim, and the personable approach of Melanie, who eased my anxiety with her confidence and support in reception of my calls. Great job team!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!"
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