Orange County Lemon Law Attorney
The Bickel Law Firm, Inc. is a law firm that exclusively represents individuals in claims under California’s Lemon Law. We represent clients in Orange County and throughout California in claims against all major auto manufacturers, and we do not charge any fees until we have secured a successful outcome. This means that it costs you nothing out of pocket to hire our experienced attorneys to deal with your vehicle on your behalf. We make it as easy to pursue your California Lemon Law claim as possible, and we will keep you updated you throughout the process so that you always know the status of your case.
Why Choose The Bickel Law Firm, Inc.
We represent consumers in Lemon Law claims in Orange County and across California. Although our primary office is located in downtown San Diego, all of our cases for Orange County residents will be filed locally in Orange County, and in the event that an in-person meeting is necessary, we will come to you at no cost.
Our skilled team of Lemon Law attorneys provides a number of key benefits to consumers in Orange County and throughout the State of California:
- Knowledge and Experience. Our attorneys have an in-depth understanding of California’s Lemon Law. We have helped hundreds of California consumers deal with defective vehicles and obtain the legal relief that they need and deserve.
- Exclusive Focus. Unlike other law firms that practice in multiple areas of law and also handle Lemon Law claims, we focus our practice exclusively on representing clients who are entitled to compensation under California’s Lemon Law. We handle cases just like yours on a daily basis, and we have an extensive record of securing favorable results for our clients.
- Convenience and Accessibility. No matter where you are located in California, you can contact us for a free case evaluation. When you call our firm, we will review your case and fully explain what is involved in your Orange County Lemon Law claim. Our goal is to make the legal process as easy as possible by giving you the information and advice that you need.
- Commitment and Dedication. Every attorney at our California Lemon Law firm is committed to protecting your legal rights and getting you the relief that you are entitled to. From your first consultation to the successful resolution of your case, we are focused on providing top-notch legal representation and exceptional client service.
- Complete Transparency. From a full itemization of your potential take-home recovery to the contingency fees we will recover if we win your case, we tell our clients everything they want to know. We appreciate the opportunity to serve you, and we want you to feel 100 percent confident in your choice of legal representation.
If you are dealing with a defective vehicle and need Orange County Lemon Law representation, call our firm to discuss your case today. We understand your frustrations and our Lemon Law lawyers are here to help you obtain the compensation and damages that you are legally entitled to.
The Bickel Law Firm, Inc.
San Diego Office
701 B Street, Suite 1200
San Diego, California 92101
Los Angeles Office
10940 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1600
Los Angeles, California 90024-3944
San Francisco Office
One Sansome Street, Suite 3500
San Francisco, California 94104
Phone Number: 888-800-1983
Trial in Orange County
We have successfully settled hundreds of Orange County Lemon Law without the need for a jury trial, most for a statutory repurchase. But our team is trial-ready in the event that a manufacturer is unwilling to settle.
Christie vs. Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC (Orange County Superior Court): The Christie trial involved a high end Mercedes-Benz S-Class with an electrical defect manifesting in problems with the navigation system and power door locks. Mercedes contended that because the Fletcher Jones Mercedes dealership could not duplicate the electrical problem, it did not exist. Attorney Brian J. Bickel successfully tried the case for Ms. Christie against Los Angeles Lemon Law defense firm Bannan, Green, Frank & Terzian before Judge Josephine Staton in Orange County Superior Court. The Orange County jury awarded a statutory repurchase to Plaintiff Christie.
About Our Firm
Founded by Attorney Brian J. Bickel, The Bickel Law Firm, Inc. has limited its civil practice solely to California Lemon Law claims. Attorney Bickel has devoted his legal career to protecting the rights of consumers under the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, and the firm has grown significantly over the years, now employing a team of Lemon Law trial attorneys. Our entire legal team is prepared to stand up for your rights and hold the automobile manufacturers and dealers responsible for selling dangerous and defective vehicles in Orange County and across California.
By limiting our practice exclusively to California Lemon Law claims, The Bickel Law Firm, Inc. offers clients an experienced and focused legal team that knows how to successfully take on large car manufacturers and dealers. While our main office is located in San Diego, California, we have the legal staff and resources necessary to represent clients in Orange County and throughout all of California. Many of our cases can be handled by phone and email without the need for a face-to-face meeting. In the event that your case requires an in-person meeting, our legal team will travel to Orange County at no cost to you. Should your case involve litigation, a Lemon Law attorney at our firm will file and litigate your claim locally for you in Orange County court.
About California Lemon Law
The California Lemon Law, formally known as the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, was enacted to protect the rights of consumers who have purchased or leased a defective car or other vehicle. When a car is under a manufacturer’s original or Certified Pre-Owned warranty and is not able to be fixed within a “reasonable number” of attempts, a California consumer may be able to receive a replacement vehicle or get his or her money back. Unlike other states, California law does not require a set number of repair visits before an owner or lessee can file a claim. Additionally, in California arbitration of a Lemon Law case is strictly voluntary. Consumers are not required to first submit their Lemon Law claims to arbitration before taking their case to court. Likewise, it is up to the consumer whether to accept a replacement vehicle or to demand restitution:
“If the manufacturer . . . is unable to service or repair a new motor vehicle . . . after a reasonable number of attempts, the manufacturer shall either promptly replace the new motor vehicle . . . or promptly make restitution to the buyer. . . . However, the buyer shall be free to elect restitution in lieu of replacement, and in no event shall the buyer be required by the manufacturer to accept a replacement vehicle.”
For consumers who accept a replacement vehicle, California’s Lemon Law requires the manufacturer to provide a vehicle that is “substantially identical to the vehicle replaced.” The manufacturer must also provide the consumer with:
- All applicable new vehicle warranties (both express and implied);
- Compensation for sales and use tax, license fees, registration fees and other official fees the consumer is required to pay in order to title and register the replacement vehicle; and,
- Compensation for any “incidental” damages, including repair, towing and rental vehicle costs actually incurred.
About Orange County
Orange County is the third most populous county in California. According to U.S. Census Bureau estimates, more than 3.1 million people lived in Orange County in 2013. As can be expected, a large number of cars and drivers populate the area, with the California Department of Motor Vehicles reporting over 2.6 million estimated vehicle registrations in Orange County in 2013.
Orange County is comprised of large and small cities, including major cities such as Anaheim, Irvine and Santa Ana, California. The area offers a number of world-renowned tourist attractions, including the Disneyland Resort and Knott’s Berry Farm Theme Park.
If you live or work in Orange County, you know how essential it is to have a fully-functioning and reliable vehicle. If your car, truck, SUV or motorcycle is not working properly, this can negatively impact all aspects of your life. At The Bickel Law Firm, Inc., our goal in every case is to get our client a fully-functioning vehicle as quickly as possible with minimal stress and aggravation, whether that means negotiating with the dealership or taking their vehicle’s manufacturer to court. We handle California Lemon Law cases in all Orange County courts, including:
Orange County Superior Court
Central Justice Center
700 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Orange County Superior Court
Civil Complex Center
751 West Santa Ana Blvd
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Orange County Superior Court
Harbor Justice Center, Newport Beach Facility
4601 Jamboree Road
Newport Beach, CA 92660-2595
Orange County Superior Court
North Justice Center
1275 North Berkeley Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92832-1258
FAQs: Filing a California Lemon Law Claim in Orange County, CA
Q: How can I find out if I am eligible to file a California Lemon Law claim?
If your vehicle is under warranty and you have given the dealership a reasonable number of opportunities to repair a recurring issue, then there is a very strong chance that you have a claim under California’s Lemon Law. Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to take your vehicle in for repair within the first 18 months or 18,000 miles of ownership or use. If you are having an issue with your vehicle and you would like to find out if you are protected under the Lemon Law, we encourage you to contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation.
Q: Can I file a claim under California’s Lemon Law if I have a car loan or lease?
Yes. California’s Lemon Law provides protection to consumers who finance and lease their vehicles as well as those who purchase their vehicles outright. Additionally, the law applies to all types of vehicles, not just cars, even including boats and recreational vehicles (RVs).
Q: How long will it take to resolve my Lemon Law claim?
It depends. If the manufacturer accepts liability, we may be able to resolve your claim through an out-of-court settlement in a matter of months. In fact, even if there is room for a dispute, we may be able to convince the manufacturer that it is not worth the cost of fighting your claim at trial. But, if the only option is to take your case to court, then it could take a while longer to protect your rights. Once we know more about the specifics of your claim, we can assess the likelihood of securing a settlement versus needing to litigate in court.
Q: Will I need to travel to your offices for my initial consultation?
No. We can conduct your initial consultation over the phone, and if necessary we can come meet with you in person in Orange County. Either way, in order to get the most out of your initial consultation, it will be important for you to have as much information about your vehicle as possible. This includes:
- Vehicle year, make and model
- Current vehicle mileage
- The date you purchased or leased your vehicle
- The issue that is causing you problems with your vehicle
- The date(s) of all visits to the dealership for repairs
Schedule Your Free Initial Consultation Today
If you are dealing with a vehicle that seems to be unfixable, you may be able to receive legal relief. Contact our Lemon Law offices today to learn more about how an attorney from our firm can help in your Orange County Lemon Law claim. We can discuss your case over the phone and offer free consultations to consumers located throughout the State of California