The Law Office of Darin Siefkes Texas Lemon Law

What is the Lemon Law in Texas?

Most people aren’t particularly familiar with Lemon Laws. Lemon Laws vary from state to state, but their purpose is largely the same: to protect consumers when they accidentally purchase defective automobiles that experience mechanical problems that are covered in the warranty.

If a vehicle you recently purchased is spending more and more time in the dealership’s service shop, you might be wondering, “What is the Lemon Law in Texas?”

The Law Office of Darin Siefkes, PLLC can help you determine whether or not you have a valid Lemon Law case. Understanding the nuances and complexities of the Texas Lemon Law statute can be confusing, and the stringent timelines associated with Lemon Law don’t afford you much time to act; so contact us today for a free case evaluation.

The Texas Lemon Law Statute

Texas Lemon Law is designed to protect consumers. The state enacted their rendition of Lemon Law to give purchasers the upper hand when dealt a faulty automobile. When you consider how long it takes the average person to purchase a car, and weigh that metric against the profits generated by automobile manufacturers, it becomes clear that without a way to balance the scales of power for consumers and dealers, the deck is loaded in the manufacturer’s favor. Fortunately, the Texas Lemon Law statute helps level the playing field for both parties.

Determining a Lemon Law Case

Before you can proceed with a claim, you need to determine that your car is truly a lemon. In order for your vehicle to earn this designation, it must meet one or all of the following conditions:

  • The vehicle has a critical defect or abnormality that compromises its function or safety
  • The defect or condition is covered by the manufacturer’s warranty
  • The owner reports the defective automobile to the dealer or manufacturer before the end of the warranty term
  • The owner affords the dealer or manufacturer ample opportunities to repair the vehicle
  • The owner notifies the manufacturer of the defect via certified mail and gives them an opportunity to correct the problem
  • The issue cannot be repaired and renders the vehicle useless thereby depleting its market value or designating it unfit to drive.

How Many Chances Does the Dealer Have to Fix My Vehicle?

There are various tests to determine whether or not your vehicle is a lemon including the Four Times Test, the Serious Safety Hazard Test, and the 30-Day Test. Each test is founded on the supposition that you afforded the dealer a reasonable timeframe for fixing your vehicle. When service is provided multiple times, but the vehicle is unable to be repaired, you likely have a lemon on your hands.

If you would like to learn more about the Texas Lemon Law statute, please submit our free case evaluation form.

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.