Texas, as well as all other states has enacted their own version of the lemon law. Lemon laws have been written to provide protection to those consumers that have purchased a new car that have serious problems and malfunction time after time.
Basically, the Texas Lemon Law says that if you, as a consumer, bought a new vehicle that fails to perform properly and the flaw is covered by the warranty, you can get either a replacement vehicle or a refund of your purchase price. It is not a “walk in the park” to get satisfaction under the law, you must have excellent records and supporting documentation so do not lose any service information.
What defines a lemon in Texas?
There are a few different standards that are used in Texas to define a lemon, these include:
- The total of number of times the vehicle was in for repair for the same problem
- Whether the defect has kept the vehicle in the shop for a significant period of time, and
- Whether the defect is one that can be considered a serious safety hazard
The four times test: You will have to prove that the vehicle was in for repair for the same defect for times in a two year period.
Thirty day test: The vehicle has been in for repair for a cumulative 30 days or more during the first two years of ownership.
Serious hazard test: A serious safety hazard is defined as one that threatens the life of the vehicle occupants and seriously impedes the ability of the driver to operate the car in a normal fashion or the defect increases the potential of a fire or explosion.
The timing of making a claim is extremely important under the Texas lemon law. This is one good reason why anyone with a lemon should hire a seasoned lemon law attorney.
For detailed information of the Texas Lemon Law and a listing of qualified attorneys you are invited to visit LemonLawAmerica.com.
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