Lemon Law of Texas
The Lemon Law Texas exists to protect car owners from having to deal
with a defective automobile. Lemon Law Texas outlines what
constitutes a Lemon and what your rights are as a consumer.
When the automobile defect is neither a safety hazard nor
life-threatening, Lemon Law Texas allows for 4 repair attempts. If
the defect is related to the brakes or steering, the problem is
potentially life-threatening. Therefore, Lemon Law Texas will allow
the dealer to make only 2 repair attempts. If the requisite repair
attempts have been made and the defect still exists, the car is then
classified as a ：Lemon； and will be eligible for a refund.
Under the Lemon Law Texas, the repair attempts must occur within 2
years or 24,000, whichever comes first, for non-life threatening
defects. For safety-hazard defects, Lemon Law Texas states that the
repair attempts must occur within 1 year or 12,000 miles.
Like other states, Lemon Law Texas mandates that owners utilize an
authorized service center to have the automobile repaired. Further,
no unauthorized alterations or modifications can be made. This is
because manufacturers have the right, under Lemon Law Texas, to
challenge any Lemon claims and to investigate them. Should the
defect be found to have stemmed from unauthorized alterations,
abuse, or neglect, a refund will not be issued.
Lemon Law Texas also states that owners must document their claims
in writing and outline the details of the defects, particularly if
it・s outlined in the owner・s manual. Supporting documentation should
also accompany the claims, including written estimates, receipts,
and other diagnostic evidence.
While consumers might be entitled to refunds under Lemon Law Texas,
the state might also allow for manufacturers to reimburse the owner
for costs incurred related to the defect. For example, car rentals
while the defective car is in the shop and tow trucks hired to tow
the vehicle to the authorized repair center are entitled to
reimbursement under Lemon Law Texas. As well, Lemon Law Texas does
not allow for a full refund. The refund will be prorated based on
the mileage put on the car by the owner.
Lemon Law Texas covers new vehicles, including trucks, motorcycles,
all-terrain vehicles, motor homes, TRVs, and vans. ：Demo cars； are
also covered under Lemon Law Texas.
Lemon Law Texas does not cover used vehicles, repossessed vehicles,
farm equipment, or boats. Lemon Law Texas also does not cover
defects due to owner neglect or abuse, unauthorized modifications,
after-market parts, or problems which don・t have a substantial
effect on the car・s market value.