The lemon law protects everyone, from poor to rich. You might think that
someone purchasing a Lamborghini, for example, would never get a lemon.
Ralph Gertz, a Seattle real estate investor, probably thought so when
he forked over $240,000 for one in 2008. Shortly after he bought the car,
though, the brakes started squeaking and squealing—something he
certainly did not expect from such an expensive and well-crafted automobile.
After five different repair attempts—including one in which mechanics
were flown in from Italy—the manufacturer threw up their hands and
said that nothing could be done for it. Gertz filed a claim under Washington
State’s lemon law, however, and was refunded his entire purchase price.
Since they are there, and since consumers from all walks of life frequently
win cases utilizing them, one might take lemon laws for granted. What
consumers may not be aware of, however, is that auto makers are constantly
laboring to get them weakened or abolished altogether.
“Car companies and their high-powered lobbyists in Sacramento are
working behind the scenes to dilute or destroy California’s lemon
law so they can stick you with defective cars,” said leading California
lemon law attorney Norman Taylor. “Car companies tell lawmakers
that the real problem is not their defective cars, but greedy and picky
consumers who are out for ‘the pot of gold.’ Of course, we
And indeed Taylor does. He has been a lemon law specialist since 1987,
and he and his firm, Norman Taylor and Associates, have handled over 8,000
cases for consumers with a 98 percent success rate. He is one of the leading
lemon law attorneys in southern and all of California.
For anyone that has successfully taken advantage of California’s
lemon law, Taylor is currently running a campaign to get them to write
to their local state representatives. He points out that such letters
can be more important than one might at first think. “For every
letter they get, legislators figure another 1,000 people feel the same
way,” Taylor explained. “So your letter actually has quite
a bit of clout. Hand-written letters are fine. If you are a small business
owner, using your business letterhead is also appropriate.”
If you think you have purchased a lemon, contact a qualified lemon law
attorney right away. And if you have successfully won a lemon law case,
help keep that law in place for others by contacting your state representatives,
using the particulars of your case to illustrate your point.