The Law Office of Darin Siefkes Texas Lemon Law

Is My Chrysler a Lemon?

As one of the “Big Three” automobile manufacturers in the United States, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has a storied history that includes an array of iconic automobiles across multiple brands including Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Fiat Professional, Jeep, Lancia, Maserati, and Ram.

Chrysler, which was founded in Michigan in 1925, merged with the Italian automobile manufacturer Fiat in October 2014, effectively expanding their portfolio of brands to include both American and Italian automobiles thereby enhancing their global reach.

Despite the growth of FCA, the company has struggled with release after release of Chrysler vehicles. In fact, the Chrysler 300, the brand’s popular luxury midsize sedan, was recently panned by Consumer Reports for issues pertaining to the vehicle’s in-car electronics and transmission. If you’ve recently purchased a new Chrysler and you suspect that something is wrong with the car, the lemon law in Texas provides relief for those who qualify. A Texas Lemon Law lawyer can help you determine whether or not your vehicle meets the criteria for a “lemon” under the Texas Lemon Law.

How Do I Know If My Chrysler is a Lemon?

According to the Texas Lemon Law, consumers who purchase new vehicles under warranty must prove that they have made “reasonable attempts” to repair a defective vehicle. Generally, this can be proved by administering one of the following tests:

  • Four Times Test
  • Serious Safety Hazard Test
  • 30 Day Test

A lawyer who has experience dealing with lemon law cases can assist you with determining whether or not your vehicle qualifies as a lemon. If your new Chrysler has undergone multiple repairs for the same issue, this is an early indicator that you may potentially be in possession of a lemon.

Used Chrysler vehicles do not qualify for relief under Texas Lemon Law, but a Texas Lemon Law lawyer may be able to utilize other laws, such as The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act and Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA) to provide additional avenues for relief depending on the consumer’s specific situation. Relief can come in the form of a refund, a replacement, or monetary compensation.

I’m Not a Car Expert, What Should I Look Out For?

You don’t need to be an expert on automobiles to recognize when there’s an issue with your car. If your new car doesn’t feel natural when driving or makes unfamiliar noises, you should have it diagnosed at a certified dealership to see if there’s an issue. If a problem is discovered, you should maintain a record of all of your repair invoices. Some of the most common signs of a defective automobile include:

  • The engine making loud, strange noises or outright failing
  • The power steering leaking
  • Electrical malfunctions
  • A thumping sound being produced by the transmission
  • Erratic shifting
  • Unresponsive gas pedal

Is your new vehicle spending more and more time in the repair shop? If you would like to speak with an attorney about the lemon law in Texas, please submit our free case evaluation form today.

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.

Is My Chevrolet a Lemon?

Chevrolet is one of the oldest automobile manufacturers in the United States. Their motto, “Find New Roads,” paints the picture of a vehicle that can take you anywhere, but when you purchase a new automobile from Chevrolet and discover that its drivability is compromised by defects, you might be looking to find a new car instead.

If your new Chevy is spending extended periods of time at your dealership’s certified service center for a recurring issue, consult the Texas Lemon Law attorneys at The Law Office of Darin Siefkes, PLLC to see if your vehicle qualifies for potential relief under Texas Lemon Law.

Common Issues for Chevrolet Lemons

According to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV), any new vehicle that “develops a defect or condition that substantially impairs the motor vehicle’s use, market value or safety” is potentially eligible for Texas Lemon Law relief. In the past, lemon law cases involving Chevrolet vehicles have commonly included:

  • Chevrolet Avalanche
  • Chevrolet Cobalt
  • Chevrolet Colorado
  • Chevrolet Cruze
  • Chevrolet Equinox
  • Chevrolet Express
  • Chevrolet Impala
  • Chevrolet Malibu
  • Chevrolet Tahoe
  • Chevrolet Trailblazer
  • Chevrolet Traverse
  • Chevrolet Silverado
  • Chevrolet Suburban

Even the lauded Corvette has had lemon law cases brought against it. If you have experienced issues with your vehicle such as the transmission slipping or banging into gear, engine leaking oil or making clunking sounds, delayed shifting, a rough idle, excessive vibrating when driving, defective air conditioning, power steering malfunctions, or something else that significantly limits the value of your vehicle or your ability to safely operate your vehicle, you could be eligible for relief under Texas Lemon Law.

Am I Eligible for Relief Under Texas Lemon Law?

There’s a strong possibility that many of the defects mentioned above are no longer eligible under the Texas Lemon Law since their manufacturer’s written warranty has expired, but this list illustrates some of the issues that have plagued Chevy owners in the past.

Even today, General Motors (GM) continues to recall defective Chevrolet vehicles. As recently as September 2018, GM recalled 1 million pickup trucks and SUVs for a steering wheel malfunction that affected a variety of vehicles including the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado, Tahoe, and Suburban. If your new Chevy has been been serviced for the same issue multiple times to no avail and is still covered under the manufacturer’s warranty, our Texas lemon law lawyers can utilize the Four Times Test, Serious Safety Hazard Test, or 30 Day Test to determine if you are eligible for relief under the Texas Lemon Law.

When your brand new car starts to act funny, it’s important to seek help immediately. Go to a certified dealership and have them take a look at your car and save all of your service receipts to prove that you have made reasonable attempts to have the problem fixed. If your new Chevrolet has been giving you nothing but problems, consult our Texas lemon law attorneys for assistance.

Is your new vehicle spending more and more time in the repair shop? If you would like to speak with our Texas Lemon Law lawyers, please submit our free case evaluation form today.

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.