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 vehicles sold in the 2008-2010 year range).
We will look at other statutes to see if they can help you, but the statutes that we deal with all require the manufacturer’s warranty to still be in place. Nearly the first question we are going to ask is whether there is still manufacturer’s warranty left for the vehicle. You will almost always be notified at the time of purchase if a vehicle has remaining manufacturer’s warranty. If they said the vehicle is “as-is” that means that there is no warranty at all — manufacturer’s or otherwise.
If you are contacting us about a used vehicle, please be ready to answer that question — whether your vehicle still is under the manufacturer’s warranty.
If your vehicle was purchased without a manufacturer’s warranty, it is not a case that we accept since we are setup to deal with large manufacturers like Chrysler, General Motors, Volkswagen and the rest. We just don’t handle vehicles that are warranted by the used car dealership. Those warranties are usually through third-party companies that the Texas Lemon Law does not apply to. You may have legal rights under other statutes, but not under the Texas Lemon Law.