Posted On: October 29, 2008

Texas Lemon Law testimonial from a recent client with a problematic Chrysler truck

Most consumers who find themselves stuck with a lemon car that was purchased new find themselves paralyzed when trying to figure out what to do with a car that routinely has problems.

When the consumer brings the vehicle into the service center, the service representative is always cooperative and cordial, but at the end of the day, the car still has problems after the 3rd or 4th visit. When the consumer contacts the car manufacturer, they are assigned a case manager who provides no solution to the consumer -- a lot of times, the consumer is led to run around in circles.

This is the situation that my recent client from Alpine, Texas found himself in. At first when I spoke with this client, he was very frustrated with the predicament that Chrysler put him through. I started working on this client's case after he submitted documents to my office, after we discussed his options, and after he signed the representation agreement with my office in early May 2008.

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When I first accepted this client's case, I was confident that he had a lemon and I was focused on helping him get out of his lemon truck. After jumping through various hurdles with the opposing side, we were able to get this client a repurchase on his vehicle. All in all, a success in my book... here is the client's testimonial.

Posted On: October 9, 2008

Minnesota Lemon Cars will now be branded like Texas Lemon Cars

At my lemon law office in Dallas, it is frustrating to learn about the pre-owned auction car market, where a defective lemon vehicle is transported from one state to another and then resold back to uninformed consumers who are not aware of the faulty vehicle's history. I get calls from potential clients about this issue on a daily basis and it is often referred to as lemon laundering.

Typically, lemon cars get transported into states with weak lemon law disclosure requirements. Why?...because car manufacturers know that they can do so and because it is legal.

For example, prior to August 1, many car manufacturers may have potentially targeted Minnesota as a state where it can dump many of its lemon inventory because Minnesota Lemon Law, in the past, did not require a lemon "stamp" on the vehicle's title. An unsuspecting car buyer in Minnesota, prior to August 1st, may never know that his or her used vehicle that was purchased at a local car lot has been subject to repeated repair attempts or may have serious safety defects....until the vehicle manifests a defect several days or weeks after owning the vehicle.

Now, similar to the Texas Lemon Law disclosure requirement, all vehicles that has been repurchased or replaced via Minnesota's lemon law will now have a "Lemon Law Vehicle" stamp on its title, similar to a flood damaged, prior salvage, or rebuilt stamps. This new provision of the law is aimed at providing consumer awareness and disclosure. However, just because a pre-owned vehicle doesn't have this lemon law stamp does not mean that it is lemon-free. For example, if a vehicle was repurchased or replaced prior to an official adjudication of the lemon law program, then it may still be a lemon and will not have any stamps attached to its title.

Please keep in mind that although my office handles lemon law related claims in Texas, we DO NOT handle pre-own are cases. For more information about Minnesota's lemon law stamp requirements, go here.