Texas Lemon Law Explained

We understand that this is probably your first time dealing with a problem new vehicle. We recommend that you take a little time to learn about the statue and how we can help. Feel free to review the information here or call with your questions.

What Is the Lemon Law in Texas?

The Texas Lemon Law is a governed statute by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles designed to protect vehicle owners from being burdened by a depreciating vehicle that requires continual manufacturer’s warranty repairs. However, the state lemon law in Texas requires a warranty and does not cover issues regarding the purchase of the vehicle or illegal sales and representations.

Taking into account the many differences in state laws across the nation, it is important to remember that Texas Lemon Law only applies to vehicles that have been purchased or registered in Texas.

How Does It Work?

For your vehicle to be considered a “lemon,” the presumption of a lemon must be met, the manufacturer must receive notice, the manufacturer must be given an opportunity to repair the vehicle, and the problem must still exist. Then, a hearing officer can declare it a lemon.

Why Is There a Lemon Law?

Texas Lemon Law helps protect consumers from the financial and emotional hardships of dealing with a defective vehicle. Due to the unique depreciation model of the motor vehicle industry, a mere breach of warranty claim and the resulting damages awarded may not be enough to offset the financial burden that comes with getting rid of one’s vehicle. This is where Lemon Law comes into play.

Texas Lemon Law also requires repeat manufacturer’s warranty repairs, which allows for the repurchase of an unsellable vehicle. 

Fortunately, state lemon laws can help remedy these issues. Thus, it’s imperative to save all repair orders to better aid your claim.

What Does the Lemon Law Cover?

The Texas state lemon law covers a variety of different vehicles that meet the aforementioned necessary criteria, including the following:

  • Trucks
  • Motorcycles
  • Vans
  • Electric vehicles
  • Cars
  • ATVs (all-terrain vehicles)
  • Motor vehicle homes

If you have more questions on the Lemon Law, feel free to contact our office or browse our collection of resources below.

Used Vehicles

Jun 11 2021

We get lots of calls from consumers who are having problems with used vehicles. They first want to know what rights they have under the Texas Lemon Law. Sadly, there are very limited rights under the Texas Lemon Law if a vehicle is bought used, but those rights are only triggered if there is still a manufacturer’s warranty. Most manufacturer’s warranties run 3 years or 36,000 miles for the full warranty and longer for the power train warranty. However, some manufacturer’s warranties extend as long as 10 years or 100,000 miles (and even longer for the original owners of some…

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Lemon Law Attorney in Houston

Jun 11 2021

Drivers in Houston are already subjected to some of the deadliest driving conditions in the United States, so it’s important to be cognizant of any and all automobile-related incidents that can occur unexpectedly. For example, the new car you just purchased could have pre-existing mechanical issues that negatively affect its performance therefore compromising your safety. In other words, you could have purchased a lemon vehicle. Purchasing a lemon is a frustrating exercise in patience. Spending excessive money on a defective vehicle is nonsensical, and you shouldn’t feel responsible. You didn’t buy a faulty car on purpose, so contact a Lemon Law attorney…

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Lemon Law For a New Car

Jun 11 2021

Was your new vehicle purchased, repaired, or registered in Texas? Has it exhibited signs of mechanical problems? If the answer is yes to both of these questions, your vehicle may qualify for protection under the new car Lemon Law in Texas. Don’t let manufacturer negligence leave you stuck with a defective automobile. Purchasing a new car is an important event in every person’s life, but when that car is relegated as a giant, useless paper weight because it has breached its warranty, it’s time to contact a Lemon Law attorney. The Law Office of Darin Siefkes, PLLC has helped resolve hundreds of…

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How Do I Receive Compensation For My Lemon?

Jun 08 2020

Whether you call your new vehicle a clunker, a heap of junk, or a lemon, if you purchased a defective vehicle from a reputable manufacturer, you may be entitled to compensation. In this brief article, a Texas lemon law attorney, will detail the process of seeking compensation for your lemon.  If you invested in a vehicle and it isn’t operating properly, this is an extremely frustrating situation. If you tried to have the vehicle repaired several times with the manufacturer and it’s still not safe to drive, pick up the phone and call the Law Office of Darin Siefkes, PLLC….

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The Coronavirus Pandemic Has Led to Some Great Car Deals. Just Be Sure Not to Buy a Lemon

Jun 02 2020

Across the state of Texas, auto sales have been generally seen as an essential service during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. But while dealerships remain open, potential buyers are steering clear of car lots and showrooms, choosing instead to stay home to avoid contracting the virus. The subsequent drop in car sales has led to some incredible deals. Unfortunately, an incredible deal can often hide an inferior product (or lemon).   In this article, a Texas lemon law attorney will discuss why you should be careful when shopping for a new car during these uncertain times. We will also discuss…

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What the Coronavirus Pandemic Means for Your Lemon Law Claim

Apr 16 2020

You have enough on your plate right now without having to worry about your car’s warranty. The spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has brought life in the Lone Star State to a crawl, with residents sheltering to protect themselves and their loved ones from the virus. But virus or no virus, you need your car, and if you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’re preparing a lemon law claim.  What does COVID-19 mean for you and your lemon? That’s just the question our Texas lemon law attorney are going to answer in today’s article. If you require assistance with…

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Tips for a Successful Lemon Law Claim

Apr 16 2020

If you purchased a new vehicle with substantial defects that impair its use, safety, or value, you may be eligible to file a lemon law claim. In this brief article, a vehicle lemon law attorney in Texas with the Law Office of Darin Siefkes, PLLC, goes over a few key tips for successfully filing a Texas Lemon Law claim.  Related: Does My Lemon Qualify for a Claim?  Keep Detailed Records Meticulous record keeping can mean the difference between a successful and unsuccessful lemon law claim, as a vehicle lemon law lawyer in Texas will need these records to build and…

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A Lemon Law Refresher

Mar 20 2020

In the Lone Star State, lawmakers understand that motorists shouldn’t be held liable for a vehicle that came equipped with coasters, heated seats, and a plethora of manufacturing defects. That’s why they passed the Texas Lemon Law, a law designed to provide motorists with relief in the event that their newly purchased vehicle happens to be a lemon. But like many laws, the Texas Lemon Law has a number of stipulations that must be carefully adhered to.  In this article, we’ll be providing a refresher on the Texas Lemon Law and discussing steps in the claims process. Staying up to…

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Does My Lemon Qualify for a Claim?

Mar 20 2020

How Does a Car Qualify For Lemon Law? The origin of the term “lemon” actually comes from British culture. A lemon refers to any product of substandard quality. Early in the 20th century, Americans began using the term to describe anything worthless. By the 1960s, the term became common to refer to cars of little to no value. Today, there’s over 100,000 new cars manufactured every year that qualify as lemons. In this brief article, a vehicle lemon law attorney in Texas will discuss what qualifies as a lemon in the State of Texas. If you are wondering whether or…

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6 Common Questions a Texas Lemon Law Attorney Can Answer

Mar 16 2020

If you recently purchased a new vehicle that is left sitting in your garage in a state of disrepair, you likely have a few questions related to lemon law and filing a claim. Under Texas Lemon Law, if you recently bought a new car, you may be eligible for relief. In this article, a vehicle lemon law attorney in Texas will answer several common questions related to eligibility requirements to file a claim. If you recently purchased a new vehicle that’s showing signs of a serious defect and covered under the manufacturer’s warranty, consult the Law Office of Darin Siefkes,…

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The Importance of Reviews and Recommendations When Selecting a Texas Lemon Law Attorney

Mar 16 2020

When you purchase a new vehicle, you expect it to function as advertised. There shouldn’t be problems with the airbags, anti-lock braking system, electrical system, fuel injection system, engine, or any other important component. Fortunately, consumers don’t need to sit by idly and accept a defective vehicle from the manufacturer. With the help of a Texas lemon law attorney, consumers have the opportunity to gain relief for their lemon in the form of a repurchase, replacement, or repair. But how do you select the right attorney for your claim?  In this article, we’ll discuss the importance of reviews and recommendations…

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What Happens If the Dealer You Purchased Your New Vehicle From Closes?

Mar 16 2020

As consumers, we tend to put a lot of stock in the businesses we choose to engage with. For instance, when purchasing a new car, the average consumer has relative peace of mind knowing that their investment is backed by a manufacturer’s warranty. If a newly purchased vehicle starts to act out of whack, we know we can simply take a trip to the dealership where the vehicle was purchased to sort things out. After all, the vehicle lemon law in Texas protects consumers against the purchase of vehicles with a defect or other condition that impairs the vehicle’s use…

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Choosing the Right Vehicle Lemon Law Lawyer in Texas

Jan 03 2020

Due to the time constraints placed on consumers who accidentally purchase a defective vehicle, it’s important to act quickly once your new vehicle starts to act up. You must be able to prove that your vehicle has a “a defect or condition that substantially impairs its use, market value or safety.” This can take as little as 30 days or as long as 24 months depending on your vehicle’s issue, which means failing to properly assess whether or not your car qualifies or taking the improper filing action could affect your ability to gain potential relief.  It is for this…

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3 Things to Look for in a Lemon Law Claim

Jan 03 2020

Over the years, the Law Office of Darin Siefkes, PLLC, has handled hundreds of lemon law claims in Texas. We acknowledge that every new car should be free of defects when purchased from the dealership and are passionate about serving drivers in Texas who have had the misfortune of purchasing a lemon. From Jeeps to Chevrolets to Chryslers and beyond, we’ve seen just about every type of lemon you can imagine, and we’ve helped many of these unfortunate drivers gain relief in the form of a repurchase, replacement, or monetary compensation. When a person’s brand new vehicle starts to act…

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Does a Demonstrator Vehicle Qualify for Potential Relief Under the Texas Lemon Law?

Oct 28 2019

Demonstrator vehicles, commonly referred to as “demo vehicles,” are different from used and pre-owned vehicles. Typically, a demo vehicle will have anywhere from 1,000 to 6,000 miles recorded on the odometer at the time of purchase. The miles aren’t the result of prior owners. Rather, they indicate that a vehicle has been transported, test driven, or, in some cases, utilized by an employee. This is a very common practice in the automobile industry. Owners and managers are commonly granted use of vehicles from the lot. These vehicles are still sold, but since they’re no longer technically “new,” they are designated…

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What Drivers Need to Know About Changes to the Texas Lemon Law in 2020

Oct 28 2019

Congratulations Texas drivers! We’re approaching a major milestone in the Texas Lemon Law: the elimination of the complicated repair attempts test that was replaced with the current model two years ago. Since the old test is based on the sale date of the vehicle, some drivers must still prove that they have a lemon using the old, complicated method. Fortunately, the statute of limitations on the lemon law is a maximum of two years and six months, which means nobody will have to deal with the old test for the majority of 2020. In this article, a Texas Lemon Law…

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5 Valuable Lemon Law Resources

Oct 08 2019

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…

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Lost Your Repair Invoices? Consult the Dealer

Oct 08 2019

Every consumer who purchases a car under warranty should keep a detailed record of all repair orders and invoices for their vehicle. There’s a few reasons for this. For one, it helps keep the manufacturer accountable for the services they perform on your vehicle. Whether it’s a simple fix or a multi-stage repair, you want assurance that your money is being spent on professional services that actually help you get back on the road. When you purchase a new car, it’s best to have it serviced at a certified dealership’s service center. Subpar repair services can provide temporary fixes that…

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What Is an Express Warranty?

Sep 11 2019

What is an Express Warranty? Under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, any company selling a product worth more than $15 must supply a written express warranty for their product. Automobiles are among the most expensive products available to consumers on the market today, which is why all new vehicles come with an express warranty from the manufacturer essentially guaranteeing that the vehicle meets all standards and will perform as advertised; otherwise, repair costs will be at the manufacturer’s expense. There are many different types of warranties, including limited, bumper to bumper, and powertrain. The type of coverage you have will dictate…

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2 Truths and a Lie: Texas Lemon Law Edition

Sep 11 2019

Lemon law cases in Texas are oftentimes more complicated than they have any right to be. The Texas Lemon Law statute is relatively black and white, but many consumers falsely believe they have a case without reliable evidence to prove it. There are two main questions to consider when determining whether or not your vehicle qualifies for potential relief under the Texas Lemon Law statute:  Is my vehicle still covered under the manufacturer’s express warranty?  Did I give the manufacturer a reasonable number of repair attempts to sort out the problem with my vehicle? If the answer to both of…

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3 Little Known Facts About the Texas Lemon Law

Aug 12 2019

Resolving lemon law cases in Texas isn’t as simple as declaring that your new vehicle is defective and receiving relief in the form of a repurchase, a replacement, or monetary compensation. The Texas Lemon Law statute is both complex and specific, and consumers who fail to come to grips with the ins and outs of this law may find themselves unable to obtain relief without the assistance of an experienced lawyer. Despite the many resources available to consumers, filing a successful lemon law complaint can be more challenging than anticipated. Information found online isn’t always consistent with the Texas Lemon…

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Everything You Should Know About the Texas Lemon Law Before Buying a New Car

Aug 12 2019

Buying a new car is a significant decision that requires careful deliberation, financial savviness, and, as it turns out, a little luck. Even the most seasoned consumer who performs extensive research and knows all the right questions to ask can find themselves in possession of a defective vehicle, or lemon.  If you plan on purchasing a new vehicle in the State of Texas in the near future, this article will cover everything you should know about the Texas Lemon Law before you commit. The Texas Lemon Law is complex and specific, and if you are unable to provide the proper…

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How Automobile Manufacturers Can Delay Your Lemon Law Claim

Jul 09 2019

The automobile industry is fully aware of your lemon law rights and the money they lose whenever a successful case is brought against them. In the State of Texas, you can assert your lemon law rights by following the “reasonable repair attempts” rule and saving your repair invoices, but what happens when the automobile manufacturer willingly delays your ability to prove that your defective automobile is really a lemon?  As Texas Lemon Law attorney who have handled hundreds and hundreds of claims against automobile manufacturers for drivers in the Lone Star State, we believe that all drivers should be wary…

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5 Lemon Law Tips for New Car Owners

Jul 09 2019

When you buy a new vehicle, the last thing you want is to end up with a lemon that continuously breaks down on you. Unfortunately, the careless buyer will be more likely to do so if they don’t take the proper preventative measures. Although the Texas Lemon Law statute provides potential relief for those who purchase defective vehicles, there are strict rules that must be followed to qualify.  Before you purchase a new car, make sure you perform your due diligence to reduce the likelihood of a lemon falling into your lap. Drivers in the State of Texas are responsible…

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Year in Review: Texas Lemon Law 2018 Part 2

May 31 2019

As we’ve discussed previously, the Texas Lemon Law is one of the laws established to protect the rights of vehicle owners in the Lone Star State. Every year, hundreds of defective vehicle complaints are filed against automobile manufacturers through the TxDMV. Some of these complaints prove fruitful resulting in a repair, replacement, or repurchase of the defective vehicle, while others are unable to obtain relief. Hiring an attorney before you file a lemon law claim can help you prevent your claim from being invalidated or dismissed. Furthermore, an attorney can handle any necessary negotiations with the manufacturer on your behalf….

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Year in Review: Texas Lemon Law 2018 Part 1

May 31 2019

In 1983, the Texas Legislature passed the Texas Lemon Law to strengthen consumer protections against the involuntary purchase of defective vehicles. The ideological basis for the law was unequivocally sound due to the considerable cost associated with the purchase of new vehicles. When a person invests money into a vehicle, there is a realistic expectation that their purchase comes “as advertised.” In other words, new vehicles should be functional, safe, and free of defects that could potentially limit their value. Moreover, they should meet the standards of the manufacturer warranty. When a new vehicle that is under warranty shows signs…

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Be Aware of Your Lemon Law Rights When Car Shopping

May 17 2019

There’s nothing more frustrating than finding out you’ve wasted valuable time shopping for a car that turns out to be a lemon. At The Law Office of Darin Siefkes, PLLC, we’ve heard the stories about buyers’ enthusiasm quickly turning sour as they discover that their brand new vehicle is unsafe or unfit to drive, scenarios in which a massive oil leak is revealed mere days into ownership or an engine starts to overheat without any stress being exerted on the vehicle. New cars purchased in the State of Texas have protections under the lemon law in Texas, which helps consumers…

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3 Reasons to Hire an Attorney Before You File a Lemon Law Claim

May 17 2019

An attorney can be a powerful ally when you need to file a lemon law claim against an automobile manufacturer for relief, but many consumers fail to take heed in the frantic rush to rid themselves of their newly discovered lemon. At The Law Office of Darin Siefkes, PLLC, our Texas Lemon Law attorney have handled hundreds upon hundreds of claims all across the State of Texas. Our intimate knowledge of the Texas Lemon Law, as well as other laws like the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA) and Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, help us determine whether or not you have…

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Why Negotiating with the Manufacturer Yourself Doesn’t Always Work

Apr 18 2019

The Texas Lemon Law is extremely complex and specific. There’s a lot to take into account when attempting to navigate these confusing laws, and many consumers overestimate their ability to successfully file a claim against the manufacturer. From providing detailed evidence of repairs to meeting the state-approved filing deadlines and ensuring that your vehicle meets all of the requirements established in the Texas Lemon Law or other relevant laws, getting relief for your lemon in the State of Texas can feel like an uphill battle. If you believe the new car you purchased is defective, consult the Texas Lemon Law…

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Is My Jeep a Lemon?

Apr 18 2019

Is My Jeep a Lemon? Jeep Lemon Law Cases Although the Jeep brand is largely a byproduct of World War II, it has since become synonymous with fun-loving drivers who want to venture off-road with their vehicles. However, the popular automobile manufacturer is no stranger to recalls and defects. Jeeps are infamous for their high rollover rates and, due to the inherent similarities between their various models, many defects that have affected more than one model. Like other brands in the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) stable, Jeeps run the gamut from high-quality to defect-prone, and the brand has been required…

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Is My Chrysler a Lemon?

Mar 20 2019

Is My Chrysler a Lemon? Chrysler Lemon Law Cases 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…

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Is My Chevrolet a Lemon?

Mar 20 2019

Is My Chevrolet a Lemon? Chevy Lemon Law Cases 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 attorney at The Law Office of Darin Siefkes, PLLC to…

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Which Laws Protect the Rights of Vehicle Owners in Texas?

Feb 27 2019

What Laws Protect the Rights of Texas Vehicle Owners? In the State of Texas, consumers who purchase new vehicles have protections under the Texas Lemon Law, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, and the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA). These three important laws help ensure that consumers are not financially responsible for a defective vehicle. Lemon law cases in Texas often utilize the Texas Lemon Law as the basis for obtaining relief for consumers, but the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act and the DTPA can also prove useful if a case is seemingly not covered. The Texas Lemon Law Under the Texas Lemon…

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Understanding the Different Types of Vehicle Warranties

Feb 27 2019

When you purchase a new vehicle, it comes with a warranty from the manufacturer essentially stating that they have faith in the quality of their product. This assurance is important because it is legally binding and ensures that the consumer isn’t responsible for any defects or mechanical failures that are outside of their control. When you purchase a new vehicle and it exhibits signs of being defective, the warranty is an important piece of documentation for proving that your vehicle is eligible for relief under Texas Lemon Law. However, there is more than one type of warranty, so it’s important…

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2 Important Reasons to Save Your Repair Invoices

Jan 22 2019

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…

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Reasonable Repair Attempts and Texas Lemon Law

Jan 22 2019

When you purchase a new car, you expect your investment to provide you and your family with a safe mode of transportation. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Even the most stringent quality control methods let the occasional “lemon” through the cracks from time to time. In Texas, customers who purchase a new motor vehicle that develops a defect or condition that compromises its functionality, market value, or safety may be eligible to receive some form of compensation under the Texas Lemon Law. Determining your eligibility can be confusing without professional help. If you believe that you have purchased a…

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