How Does the Lemon Law Work in the State of Texas?
I’m sure I wasn’t the only person that has made some not-so-great vehicle choices, especially early on in life. I’ve gone to the less than reputable car lots because that is what I could afford at the time. I remember one time at 17-years-old I bought a cheap car and the very next day I had paint come off the vehicle while I was sitting at a gas station filling it up for the first time. Ugh, so the good news is that Texas does have a Lemon Law but there are some specific details you should know about it.
According to txdmv.gov, the Texas Lemon Law is administered by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles that helps consumers who buy or lease a new motor vehicle that continue to have problems that should be covered under the manufacture’s original warranty. The Lemon Law is in place to get consumers help without having to take the issue to court.
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This law covers new vehicles covered by a manufacture’s written warranty. So, if you buy a cheap vehicle from a used car lot, don’t expect the state to help you. There is a chance that your used vehicle could be covered by the Lemon Law in Texas but that is only if the manufacture’s original warranty is still in place.
The Process Takes Time and Patience
Before contacting the state about the Lemon Law it’s suggested that you do the four-times test. It’s simple, have you taken the vehicle four times to be fixed for the same defect within the first 24 months or 24,000 miles of ownership and the vehicle still dealing with the same issue? If so then it’s time to take action.
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