Is the new vehicle you purchased still under warranty and acting up on a consistent basis? Do you find yourself spending more and more time at your dealer’s service center waiting for your car to be fixed? If this describes you, there’s a possibility that you purchased a lemon.
The Texas Lemon Law paves the way for consumers to receive compensation for a vehicle that exhibits some form of defect or condition that impairs its use in a critical way or significantly reduces its value.
No consumer expects their new vehicle to be a lemon, but it happens. Just ask those responsible for the 567 lemon law cases in Texas, 531 of which were closed, in 2018. If you believe that your vehicle qualifies for potential relief under the Texas Lemon Law statute, consult the Law Office of Darin Siefkes, PLLC, to see how a lawyer with experience handling hundreds and hundreds of claims can help you potentially obtain a repurchase, replacement, or other form of compensation for your lemon.
As you will see in this article, a Texas Lemon Law lawyer is arguably the most valuable resource for those seeking relief for a defective vehicle, but there are many other resources available for those that want to brush up on these complicated laws, too.
1. Texas Lemon Law Lawyer
If you’re eager to get answers about whether or not your vehicle qualifies as a lemon, it may be time to consult a Texas Lemon Law lawyer. In addition to reviewing your repair invoices to see if your vehicle meets the “reasonable number of attempts” clause of the Texas Lemon Law, a lawyer can negotiate a settlement with the manufacturer on your behalf. Even if your vehicle doesn’t qualify as a lemon, a lawyer may be able to build a case using other vehicle warranty statutes, including the Texas Deceptive Practices Act (DTPA) and Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act.
The Law Office of Darin Siefkes, PLLC, website contains several resources for consumers who want to learn more about the Texas Lemon Law. The frequently asked questions (FAQ) section is especially useful as it contains clear answers to a variety of questions, including:
- What is the Texas Lemon Law?
- What do I stand to gain by asserting a claim under the Texas Lemon Law?
- How many repairs or days out of service do I need to establish a viable Texas Lemon Law case?
- Who is the defendant in a Texas Lemon Law case?
- What is the process for asserting a Texas Lemon Law claim?
- What other laws protect my rights?
- Are there any time limits for bringing forth a Texas Lemon Law case?
- What if I do not have enough repairs to have a viable case under the Texas Lemon Law?
- Who pays your attorney fee?
- How do I get started?
- What type of documentation will I need to proceed?
We also maintain a modest library of articles designed to help answer your questions and inform your decision to seek compensation with legal help. These articles can be accessed here.
3. Texas Occupations Code ch. 2301
This chapter of the Texas Occupations Code covers the sale or lease of motor vehicles. The information contained therein helps explain general warranty complaints, the Texas Lemon Law, and judicial review and appeal processes. However, at around 30,000 words in length, it’s a dense read that may be overwhelming to those with only minimal legal knowledge of how lemon law cases in Texas operate.
4. 43 TAC 215
Title 43 of the Texas Administrative Code (TAC) discusses motor vehicle distribution. Within this code, Subchapter G details warranty performance obligations, including information pertaining to the filing and review of complaints, lemon law relief decisions, and more.
5. Texas State Law Library
The Texas State Law Library includes a directory of articles, documents, and information pertaining to warranty law in the Lone Star State. There is a section related specifically to motor vehicles, the Texas Lemon Law, and optional warranties.
Whether you consult a Texas Lemon Law lawyer to determine whether or not your vehicle qualifies for potential relief or attempt to formulate your own assessment, it’s important to keep in mind that time is of the essence. Typically, you need to be able to demonstrate that your vehicle has undergone repairs for the same defect at least four times in total or for two repairs that restricted its use for 30 days.
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.