If you purchased a new car in Texas and spend more time repairing it than you do driving it, you might wonder if you purchased a lemon. You are not alone, and many others have been in your shoes. Luckily, Texas has laws in place to help people in your situation.
What is a lemon?
A lemon is a vehicle with serious issues. Owners of a lemon spend more time at the mechanic than driving their newly purchased vehicle because, no matter how many times they try to fix it, they can never get it fixed.
Texas lemon laws
Not every car with a problem is a lemon. Here is how to tell if your car might be a lemon under Texas law:
- The problems with your car are serious and impact the vehicle’s safety, value or use.
- You have taken your car in for repairs, but it still isn’t fixed. Usually, this means you have taken the vehicle in for repairs at least four times in the first two years, or 24,000 miles.
- Your car is still under warranty. If it is, you may have a valid breach of warranty claim.
- You reported the problem to the dealership within the first two years after purchase or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first.
If you qualify, you may be owed a refund or replacement vehicle under Texas lemon law. It is typically a good idea to have an experienced lemon law attorney review your case and submit a complaint on your behalf.
After submitting your application, you will need to submit evidence to prove the state of the vehicle, typically using your car repair history.
There is an additional process that follows the initial complaint, including the possibility of a hearing. There are intricacies involved, which is why many people choose to use an attorney for this process. An experienced Texas lemon law attorney can handle every aspect of your case and help you get a refund or replacement vehicle.