Every time you have your car serviced or repaired, you should receive a repair invoice documenting your vehicle’s repairs, the name of the technician or company that serviced your car, the date of the repairs, and in many cases, a general diagnostic of your vehicle’s overall health. You might toss these invoices in the trash like a receipt from the grocery store, but these invoices are required to pursue a Texas Lemon Law case.
Lemon law rules in Texas require the vehicle owner to provide evidence that their new vehicle has had an unreasonable number of repairs attempts; repair invoices are the way you prove that to get Texas Lemon Law relief.
Preserve Your Ability to File a Texas Lemon Law Complaint
If you believe you have purchased a defective vehicle, you will need to be able to prove that you have taken the vehicle in for repairs at an approved dealership multiple times to meet the legal requirements for Texas Lemon Law relief. One of the best ways to build your case is to maintain a comprehensive record of your past repairs.
The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) website notes that all drivers who suspect they have purchased a lemon vehicle should “maintain a log that describes the issue with date/time and location recorded,” and “keep all repair orders and records for your vehicle in a safe place.”
Increase Your Compensatory Relief
Under Texas Lemon Law rules, qualifying vehicle owners can receive compensation for their lemon in the form of a repurchase, a replacement vehicle, or repair. However, you can receive compensatory relief in the form of damages under other statutes. Repair invoices help further establish your case and improve your chances of receiving fair compensation.
Whenever you have to take your car in for repairs, retain your repair invoices for future use. Even if you don’t qualify under Texas Lemon Law, these receipts could be valuable in the future.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.