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Hyde & Swigart | California Lemon Law Attorneys

Did you purchase or lease a lemon car in California? If so, the California lemon law may order the manufacturer to buy back your defective automobile.

The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, also known as California’s Lemon Law, was enacted to protect you, the consumer, from defective cars sold or leased with written warranties. The cars (which include boats, motorcycles, motor homes to name a few) can be new or used as long as they were sold or leased with a warranty.

You do not have to file a lawsuit within 18 months or 18,000 miles. You do have to return the car to an authorized dealership for repair attempts while the car is under the warranty. Bumper to bumper warranties are usually 36 months or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. Drivetrain warranties are usually longer and emission control warranties are even longer. Check your owners manual for the exact warranty coverage or contact us and our lemon law attorneys will verify the coverage for you.

You have to give the manufacturer a reasonable number of attempts to repair your car. If you take the car to a dealership and no repairs are performed, that visit is considered a repair attempt. Please contact our firm so our lemon law attorneys can determine if your car meets the reasonable number of repair attempts under the lemon laws.

If the defects in your car relate to safety issues, you have to give the manufacturer at least two attempts to repair your car. Safety defects may include but are not limited to brakes, air bag defects, axels, stalling, defective exterior lights, defective horn, severe pulling and premature tire wear, shuddering, defective steering and transmissions that revert to limp mode. Contact our office so that our lemon law attorneys can analyze your car’s defects.

Other defects which may be considered impairments to the use, value or safety of your car are check engine lights, electrical failures, sensor failures, engine grinds, hard to shift transmissions, seat defects, door locks, windows, air conditioning, defective paint. Contact our office so that our lemon law attorneys can analyze the defects in your car.

How Long do You Have to File a Lemon Lawsuit

You must file your lawsuit within 4 years of the defects in your car, not from the day you purchased or leased the car. Contact our law firm that our lemon law attorneys can assist you with this calculation under the lemon laws.

Attorneys Fees and Costs

We take your case on a contingency basis. That means you do not have to pay anything up front for us to handle your Lemon law claims. Should our lemon law attorneys prove your car is defective and a lemon, the manufacturer pays our fees and costs. The Lemon laws are designed to encourage consumers to pursue meritorious lemon cases for defective cars which the manufacturer has been unable to repair under the terms of their warranties.

Lemon Law Damages for Defective Cars

The Lemon Law requires the manufacturer to either repurchase or replace your defective car. The choice is yours. A repurchase includes your down payment, all of your monthly payments, the loan payoff amount, all of your out-of-pocket expenses associated with the defective automobile, and in some cases a civil penalty against the manufacturer.


Some manufacturers will tell you that you must go to arbitration before you file a lawsuit. That is not the truth. You may go to arbitration, but you are not required to go. If you contact our office, our lemon law attorneys will gladly explain arbitration to you so that you can make an informed decision.

Manufacturers We Have Successfully Sued

All of them. Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, Mercedes Benz, Toyota, Lexus, Honda, Audi, Volkswagen, Mazda, Nissan, Bentley, Porsche, BMW (cars and motorcycles), Harley-Davidson, Fleetwood to name a few.

Because we have prevailed in other lawsuits, does not mean we will win yours. We evaluate your case as carefully as we can and we prepare meticulously for trial. That we can promise you.




Hyde & Swigart has helped thousands of consumers in Colorado, Minnesota, Arizona, California and Texas with their legal issues, and we have never seen two cases that were identical. We also have attorneys who have helped consumers in Florida, Michigan, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Wisconsin, Washington, and Washington, D.C. You should never assume your situation is the same as something that is described on this web site, or that you read elsewhere on the Internet. Each situation is unique, and in our opinion, each situation needs to be thoroughly and independently reviewed by a competent consumer rights attorney. While we are happy to do that for you for free, we cannot do that solely on this web site. Even our evaluation forms are mere starting points. You should never assume your case, your situation, or your set of facts, are covered in their entirety by this web site. If you have questions about your potential case, we will be glad to discuss them with you at no charge. However, do not act, or fail to act, simply because of something you read or see on this web site. Click here to read more.