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 what to do if that “check engine” light comes on as soon as you park your new car in the driveway. And as always, if you’d like to begin the process of filing a complaint in line with the lemon law in Texas, contact the Law Office of Darin Siefkes, PLLC.
Too Good to Be True?
Many of the world’s largest car manufacturers are offering 0% financing and other payment deals to attract buyers and boost sales. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the makers of Chrysler, Dodge, FIat, Jeep, and Ram, is just one of the many companies doing so. There’s just one problem: these vehicles often end up being lemons.
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Further complicating matters is the COVID-19 pandemic. More and more, consumers are shopping and researching online when car buying. Who can blame them given the current situation? But anyone who buys a car online without first taking it for a test drive is taking a huge risk. Before you know it, your brand new car is sitting dead in your driveway and you’re left with little else to do but to file a lemon law complaint.
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Filing a Lemon Law Compliant
Unfortunately, the same pandemic that led to great car deals also means proving that your car is a lemon won’t be easy. Under the lemon law in Texas, you must give your dealer a reasonable number of attempts to fix your vehicle before a complaint can be filed. You’ll only have 24 months or 24,000 miles to get your vehicle looked at and prove that your vehicle is a lemon. Doing so during a pandemic is no easy feat.
By all means, if you see a great deal on a new vehicle, go for it, but just be mindful of the Texas Lemon Law (and social distancing when looking at cars). At the Law Office of Darin Siefkes, PLLC, the last thing we want to see is a buyer getting burned on a vehicle purchase they were not only looking forward to but needed. For assistance with filing a lemon law complaint, our law office is always here to assist you.
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.