Protect Your Lemon Law

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 know better.”

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.

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