Posted On: May 22, 2008

How to Avoid Buying a Texas Lemon Car Online

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Internet shopping is more commonplace than ever before and, surprisingly, people are even making large purchases online. Real estate is being sold on the Internet, for instance, and there are many online car dealerships that are finding great success on the Web. Although convenient, making an expensive purchase through a virtual store has its risks. If you are buying a car online through a Texas dealership, you need to take extra precautions to avoid purchasing a lemon.

Remember, if you are buying through a Texas dealership online, you are still protected by the Texas Lemon Law. However, you need to be even more cautious when purchasing a car that you won't be test-driving beforehand. To some, this kind of business transaction sounds ludicrous. However, many people have found some fantastic deals online. By proceeding with caution and following these tips, you can avoid buyer's remorse.

* Research the car you are about to purchase. What is its market value? What are the common complaints about this year and model? If this car is known for certain mechanical issues, you need to know this so you can inquire further.

* Research the seller you are dealing with. If this person / dealership has a bad reputation, it is better to find out beforehand.

* Make sure you have seen many detailed and recent photographs of the car. You will want to see the exterior, interior and under the hood. Request more photographs if necessary.

* If the car is used, purchase an auto history report in order to confirm that the car has never sustained any documented flooding or damage.

* If you are not able to examine the car in person, consider having a third-party mechanic look the car over on your behalf. This will cost money, of course, but may save you a lot of trouble in the long run.

Purchasing a car online has its risks and rewards. Remember, the Texas Lemon Law will protect your consumer rights. However, it is preferable that you do all you can to avoid buying a Texas lemon car to begin with. If you feel you have found a great deal on an online vehicle, carefully heed the above advice.

Posted On: May 20, 2008

NACA 2008 Auto Fraud Conference

I just got back from attending the NACA 2008 Auto Fraud Conference, May 16-18, 2008, San Antonio, Texas. NACA is the National Association of Consumer Associates. It is one of the largest organization for Plaintiff's attorneys who represent consumers.

The seminars were great and I have picked up a few updated information regarding the status of federal and state case laws for auto fraud and Texas lemon law related claims. At the seminar, I also met lemon law attorneys from outside Texas. In the next couple of weeks, I will post the information that I have obtained and learned on here. Stay tuned!

Posted On: May 15, 2008

Underwater car is not a Texas lemon, ...yet.

One unfortunately common complain we hear from our clients is that their new car has a leak. Door seals leak, retractable roofs leak, sun roofs leak and so on. When you buy a new car, you should expect to be able to stay dry inside it, even if you are in a car wash. However, it is unreasonable to expect to be able to drive your car into the ocean and still have it function.

This is not true for the new Rinspeed sQuba which is scheduled to be displayed at the Geneva auto show in March 2008. At a push of a button, the sQuba changes from a land vehicle to an amphibious one. The sQuba is driven electrically, propelling the rear wheels while on land with a 37 kW engine and with two stern propellers and two bow jet drives while underwater. It is also ‘futuristic’ in that some components are made of carbon nano tubes and it is a zero emission vehicle. It has a maximum depth of about 33 feet. Unfortunately, no speed/performance data is currently being advertised.

Frank Rinderknecht, the CEO of Rinspeed admits that some of the inspiration for the sQuaba came from the classic James Bond movie “The Spy who loved me” which featured an aquatic-adaptable Lotus. Unfortunately, currently there are no plans to mass produce the squab.

Were this marvelous vehicle ever to make it to market, we would expect Rinspeed to exercise quality control and for our sQuba not to leak even if we drove it into a lake, In the mean time, if you are having problems with your new car leaking or otherwise not living up to the manufacturers specifications, you may have a lemon and may have some recourse. For more information, visit our site at www.texaslemon.com

This article was written by Carl Fischer. Mr. Fischer is a consultant to my office.

Posted On: May 12, 2008

New Jersey's new lemon law is better than the current Texas lemon law, NJ's lemon Law is set to include electronic devices such as the IPOD

New Jersey's new bill, the A-1002, is now heading to the General Assembly for passage. I wonder if New Jersey's former Lemon Law unit director, Robert Russo, has anything to do with this new law?

The A-1002 is the new New Jersey Lemon Law that not only includes automobile protections, but it will also include protections of warranties and extended warranties on consumer electronic devices such as the television, an IPOD mp3 player, or other electronic devices over $250.

The new law requires:

1) that the retailer or manufacturer must replace the subject electronic device with a device of equal condition or value if it has been subject to repair for 3 or more times, or

2) that the retailer or manufacturer must fully refund the purchase price of the device if it is deemed defective.

Currently, the Texas Lemon Law, unlike this new New Jersey Lemon Law, only protects consumers against defective new vehicles. Hopefully, one day, the Texas Lemon Law will broaden to protect consumers electronics also.

Posted On: May 7, 2008

Texas Lemon Law better than Missouri's newly proposed lemon law?

I often joke about how the Texas Lemon Law should be better known as the car manufacturer's lemon law because of its bias in favor of the manufacturers and its dealers, rather than favoring or protecting automobile consumers. Today, I am happy to report that at least the Texas Lemon Law is better than Missouri's newly proposed lemon law against fraudulent, deceptive, and misrepresentation cases.

The newly proposed Missouri Lemon Law will increase its restrictions by disallowing consumers to go after car wholesalers in court. With the new law, consumers can only pursue car dealerships and possibly the car manufacturers. The law is intended to reverse the recent Missouri Supreme Court decision that found in favor of consumers by allowing victims who are sold lemon cars to go after both the car dealer and its wholesalers. The law has not passed yet and will go to the governor of Missouri for signage.

For more information, go here.