There are some things in life that are best left to the experts. Trimming a 30-foot tree, wrestling an alligator, and underwater welding are just a few that come to mind. I would also add filing a lemon law claim to that list.

While the California Lemon Laws are very consumer-friendly, the process can be time-consuming and confusing for the layperson. Here’s are five reasons to put your lemon law claim in the hands of an experienced California lemon law attorney.

No fees

If you think your car is a lemon, the consultation with a lemon law lawyer is free. What’s more, if you qualify for a settlement, California Lemon Laws stipulate that consumers receive a refund of their money and the auto manufacturer pays all attorneys’ fees and costs, not you.

Maximizing your settlement

Auto manufacturers and dealers seek a settlement that is in their best interests, not yours. The right lemon law attorney will know exactly how the law applies in your own situation. He or she knows  how to hold the manufacturer accountable, understands what they are willing to do and how much they are willing to compensate the vehicle owner within the law, then negotiate a more generous settlement on your behalf than what you could have achieved on your own.

Cutting through red tape

The legal system is challenging for “do-it-yourselfers.” Navigating the claims process can be tricky to the untrained applicant. A good lemon law attorney understands all the ins and outs of the process, the deadlines, and the settlement options so that you don’t have to.

Getting the right offer

In these types of legal claims, the first offer is seldom the best one. Auto manufacturers often start with a low offer knowing that consumers who try to navigate the lemon law claim on their own are often tempted to accept the offer to get the process over with as quickly as possible. A skilled lemon law attorney can compel the manufacturer to meet its full legal obligation to you and help you decide if an offer is good enough.

Fighting for you to the end

If your lemon law claim is denied, a lemon law lawyer can let you know your options for the next steps to take and help you make the right decision.

DIY projects can be very rewarding around the home. But when it comes to exercising your consumer rights as the owner of a lemon, there are no good reasons to do it alone.


Think you have a claim? Get a free, no-obligation case evaluation from Sotera L. Anderson, California Lemon Law Attorney, here or call  1-855-96-LEMON, or (858) 247-0050.

You can also use our free quiz to see if you might qualify under the lemon law.