The Law Office of Darin Siefkes Texas Lemon Law

What is the Texas Lemon Law?

There is a lot of confusion regarding the Texas Lemon Law and what it does and does not cover. The Texas Lemon Law is a statute that is designed to provide consumers extra rights when dealing with a breach of a vehicle warranty. It does not cover issues with the sale of the vehicle, representations made by the sales people or anything that is not related to warranty repairs.

The Texas Lemon Law only applies to vehicles that have a connection in Texas. The vehicle must have been bought, repaired or registered in Texas to qualify under the Texas Lemon Law. Other states have lemon laws as well and some have better remedies than Texas. If your vehicle has been repaired or bought in another state, you should check both that state and Texas to see if you qualify under the respective lemon law.

Warranty repairs must be conducted by a certified dealership, but not necessarily the dealership which you bought the vehicle. So, let’s say you have a Dodge truck, that vehicle can be repaired at any Chrysler dealership – even dealerships located outside of the state. The date and mileage of the repairs are important since the lemon law specifies specific deadlines to get repairs. The most common rule to create the presumption of a lemon is 4 repairs in total – 2 in the first year/12k miles and 2 more within a year/12k miles of the second repair. However, there are several exceptions to that rule and we can help ascertain if one of those apply.

Additionally, the problem being complained of must be a severe problem. Rattles and water leaks normally do not qualify under the lemon law (though we may be able to help using other statutes). The problem complained of must significantly impair the value or use of the vehicle. This can be an issue for some vehicles.

Technically, a Used Car has rights under the Texas Lemon Law, but not the right to be repurchased. Please see our page on Used Vehicles for more Information.

To fully understand your rights, we can review your situation free of charge, just fill out our evaluation form to get the process started.