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Lemon Law Attorney John Hendrickson

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Get help at no cost to you.  If your car is under warranty, but it spends too much time in the shop - it could be a "lemon," and you could be entitled to your money back or a replacement vehicle.  As an expensive item, your vehicle should perform as the dealer and the manufacturer told you it would.  Get help and advice from an experienced attorney - all at no cost to you.

Lemon Law Lawyer John Hendrickson has successfully helped consumers with vehicle warranty disputes.  Even if your vehicle is now out of warranty, you may still be entitled to compensation for the time it was out of service while it was in warranty.  It costs you nothing to find out.

Hire an Attorney at No Cost to You

California Lemon Law provides for the manufacturer to pay your attorney's fees and court costs in most instances.  After the free consultation, you will have a better picture of what your rights and remedies are under the lemon law - including legal representation at no cost to you.

The Lemon Law

There are three main codes or statutes of California Lemon Law:

  • Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act
  • Tanner Act (a subset of Song-Beverly)
  • Magnusson-Moss, the "Federal Lemon Laws."

As a general rule, if your vehicle has been in the shop for the same warranty condition for more than 30 cumulative days, during its factory warranty, then it may be a lemon.  Also, if it has been in the shop more than four times in the first 18,000 miles, that may also qualify it as a "lemon."  But, if the issue is "safety related," then as few a two incidents may qualify it as a lemon.

The law is designed to protect you - and, by law, the manufacturer will pay your attorney's fees.  You do not have to be stranded on the side of the road again because of a vehicle warranty concerns.

See the blog at www.StopVehicleFraud.info for more information.

What makes a vehicle a lemon?

This is a great question, because it does not require a catastrophic failure.  Typically, lemons are:

  • Convertibles or removable hard tops that leak water.
  • iDrive, navigation, backup cameras, or other electronic glitches that repeat more than a few times after the dealer has attempted to fix them.
  • Electrical problems, like windows, locks, keyless entry or rear hatch/tailgate systems.
  • Hybrids that don't start (or don't start without cycling or resetting the system).
  • Recurring mold in your vehicle
  • Other vehicle water leaks
  • Squeaky brakes or brakes that require excessive servicing (more than once a year).
  • Suspension problems or other problems with auto-ride or any other computerized suspension.
  • Just about any recurring problem that makes you go to the shop more than just a few times!

Dealer Disputes

If you are having a dispute with an auto dealer, you may need professional help.  Not every act by a dealer is "fraud," but many actions dealers take to "keep a car on the road," are illegal.  The only way you can secure your rights when a dealer pushes you is to push back.

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NorCalLemon Contact Information

Hendrickson Law Group, PC is located near downtown Santa Rosa near the Corner of E Street and Sonoma Ave.. 

(707) 540-6199
(707) 313-0161
829 Sonoma Ave., Suite 8 Santa Rosa, CA 95404


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