Sacramento Lemon Law Attorney
Do You Have a California Lemon Law Claim? To Find Out, Call 888.800.1983 for a Free Initial Consultation.
California’s Lemon Law (formally known as the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act) provides some of the strongest consumer protections in the nation. If your vehicle is under warranty and it has an issue that the dealership cannot fix, there is a good chance that you are entitled to a replacement vehicle or a repurchase and restitution.
Bickel Sannipoli APC represents consumers in the greater Sacramento area and throughout California in Lemon Law claims. If you are a Sacramento resident, we will file your case locally and should our attorneys need to meet with you in-person, we will travel to your location at no cost to you. In fact, it costs you nothing out-of-pocket to hire our attorneys for your California Lemon Law claim; and, if the manufacturer is not required to pay all of your legal fees (as is often the case under California’s Lemon Law), our fees will be calculated as a percentage of your recovery.
5 Reasons to Choose Bickel Sannipoli APC in Sacramento, CA
At Bickel Sannipoli APC, our civil practice concentrates exclusively on California Lemon Law cases. We are an experienced legal team that offers a number of key advantages to consumers residing in the Sacramento region and across the entire State of California:
- Skilled Legal Team. The attorneys at our firm are highly skilled in California’s Lemon Law. We are experienced Lemon Law attorneys who have helped thousands of California consumers fight for the relief they need and deserve.
- Responsive and Convenient. Our attorneys are committed to making the legal process as easy as possible for our clients. When you contact our firm, we will provide a free review of your claim. We travel to our Sacramento clients at no charge should a face-to-face meeting be necessary.
- Devoted to our Clients. Our clients are our first priority. Every lawyer at our firm is devoted to protecting the legal rights of consumers who have purchased or leased a defective vehicle. We adhere to the highest legal standard and are committed to providing you with superior client service throughout the entire course of your case.
- Thousands of Clients Represented. We have represented thousands of clients in Sacramento and throughout California in Lemon Law claims. We handle cases involving all major automobile manufacturers, and we have successfully taken many of California’s most well-known defense firms to trial.
- Efficient and Experienced Representation. As a result of our extensive experience representing clients in Lemon Law claims, we have become extremely efficient in securing results for our clients as quickly as possible. While the outcome of any particular case can never be guaranteed, the vast majority of our cases settle, and often in a matter of months.
If you are living in the Sacramento region or anywhere else in California, Bickel Sannipoli APC. will carefully review your case. We understand just how frustrating it can be to deal with a lemon and we are here to help you with a free consultation.
About Our Firm
Bickel Sannipoli APC is committed to protecting consumers in Sacramento and across the state from the dealers and manufacturers that sell defective vehicles. We are a team of skilled lawyers who have helped thousands of individuals who have purchased or leased defective cars, boats, motorcycles and other vehicles obtain the legal relief they deserve. If your vehicle is a lemon, our team will fight for all of the remedies to which you are entitled under California’s Lemon Law.
Bickel Sannipoli APC was founded by Attorney Brian J. Bickel and has grown to a full team of attorneys and professional staff. We limit our civil practice exclusively to handling California Lemon Law cases so you can be confident in knowing our attorneys will give your case the time, attention and resources it deserves. We are committed to making our Lemon Law services convenient and accessible to individuals in all California locations. Our attorneys can often resolve claims through phone and email without the need for a face-to face meeting. If an in-person meeting becomes necessary, we will travel to Sacramento at no cost to you.
About California Lemon Law
The California Lemon Law protects consumers who have purchased or leased a vehicle with a defect that the dealership is unable to fix within the vehicle’s warranty period. New and used vehicles that are sold within the state and are still under the original or Certified-Preowned warranty period are covered under California’s Lemon Law. Unlike other states, California Lemon Law does not restrict relief to consumers who experience defects within a certain mileage amount or time period. Arbitration of a Lemon Law claim is strictly voluntary in California. The California Lemon Law also provides a strong incentive for dealers and manufacturers to settle claims early on, because when they lose a claim they are required to pay the consumer’s attorneys’ fees and court costs.
One of the most misunderstood aspects of California’s Lemon Law is the section known as the Tanner Consumer Protection Act. Auto manufacturers and dealerships often use the provisions of this section to incorrectly argue that purchasers and lessees must assert their Lemon Law rights within the firth 18 months or 18,000 miles of use. The Tanner Consumer Protection Act begins:
“It shall be presumed that a reasonable number of attempts have been made to conform a new motor vehicle to the applicable express warranties if, within 18 months from delivery to the buyer or 18,000 miles on the odometer of the vehicle, whichever occurs first, one or more of the following occurs:”
This does not mean that purchasers and lessees are required to take their vehicle in for repair within the first 18 months or 18,000 miles. Instead, it establishes a presumption that the purchaser or lessee is entitled to legal remedies if, within the first 18 months or 18,000 miles:
“(1) The same [issue] results in a condition that is likely to cause death or serious bodily injury if the vehicle is driven[, it] has been subject to repair two or more times by the manufacturer or its agents, and the buyer or lessee has at least once directly notified the manufacturer of the need for the repair[;]
“(2) The same [issue] has been subject to repair four or more times by the manufacturer or its agents and the buyer has at least once directly notified the manufacturer of the need for the repair[; or,]
“(3) The vehicle is out of service by reason of repair of [issues] by the manufacturer or its agents for a cumulative total of more than 30 calendar days since delivery of the vehicle to the buyer. . . .”
Do not let the dealership or your vehicle’s manufacturer mislead you about your legal rights. Our attorneys can tell you if you are entitled to have your vehicle replaced or repurchased under California’s Lemon Law.
Located in the northern region of California’s Central Valley, Sacramento is the capital city of California. The 2014 U.S. Census Bureau estimates place the population of Sacramento County at 1,482,026. In 2014 alone, the California Department of Motor Vehicles estimated that there were 1,208,025 vehicles registered in Sacramento County – the equivalent of almost one vehicle being registered for each person living in the county.
Like most major cities in California, individuals who live and work in Sacramento rely heavily on their vehicles for day-to-day transportation. If you bought or leased a lemon, the frustration and aggravation of dealing with your situation can become overwhelming. Our attorneys can take this burden off of your shoulders; and, in addition to seeking to get you into a new vehicle, we can also use California’s Lemon Law to seek compensation for the costs of a rental vehicle as well as your other financial losses.
4 Steps to Take if You Purchased a Lemon in Sacramento, CA
1. Collect Your Vehicle and Service Records
In order to pursue a claim under California’s Lemon Law, you will need copies of your vehicle and service records. This includes a copy of your purchase or lease agreement, any warranty documents you received, your vehicle title and any statements or invoices you have received from the dealership as a result of seeking repairs.
If you don’t have some of these records, that’s okay – we can get them for you. But, if you have access to them, gathering them in advance will make it easier for us to assess your claim during your free initial consultation.
2. Learn More about California’s Lemon Law
While California’s Lemon Law provides strong protections, it is also extremely long, dense and complicated. You should not waste your time reading the law in its entirety; however, most of our clients find it helpful to have at least a basic understanding of their legal rights. Our California Lemon Law FAQs are a good place to start.
3. Avoid Getting Talked into an Unfair Deal
As you go through the process of trying to get your vehicle repaired, there is unfortunately a very good chance that you will receive some misinformation about your legal rights. Do not let yourself get talked into an unfair deal. If the dealership cannot fix your vehicle after a reasonable number of attempts, you have clear legal rights under California’s Lemon Law, and you need to make sure that you use them to your advantage.
4. Schedule a Free Initial Consultation about Your Lemon Law Claim
At Bickel Sannipoli APC, every case starts with a free, no-obligation initial consultation. With experience in thousands of Lemon Law claims, our attorneys can quickly assess your rights and determine if you have a lemon. If so, we can take all necessary legal action on your behalf, including taking your vehicle’s manufacturer to trial if necessary. However, if your rights are clear, there is a good chance that we will be able to negotiate a settlement before your claim even gets close to going to court.
Free Initial Consultation
If you have a car, truck, van, SUV, recreational vehicle (RV), motorcycle, boat or other vehicle that a dealer cannot fix despite a number of attempts, you may be eligible for relief under The California Lemon Law. To learn more, contact our legal team for a free consultation. Our Lemon Law lawyers review cases for consumers in Sacramento and all other California locations. Call us today or tell us about your situation online to find out how we may be able to help you recover the compensation and relief you need and deserve.