Posted On: June 23, 2010

Texas Lemon Law Blog Celebrates its Three Years Anniversary!

It is hard to believe it, but it has been over three years since I posted my first Texas Lemon Law blog article. I hope that consumers and fellow attorneys find the posts on here helpful.

Here is a re-cap of my 3 most favorite posts on this lemon law blog site:

1) Texas Lemon Law Deadline -- written on November 5th 2007, the deadline for filing a lemon law claim in Texas still holds true. Act swiftly, as failure to timely file may mean that you lose right to your claim for a repurchase or replacement of a defective new lemon car. In the event that your deadline has past, you may have other claims with longer deadlines. Consult a lemon law attorney as soon as possible!

2) Tips When Bringing Your Vehicle in for Repairs -- written recently on May 2, 2010, this post focuses on how to gather documentation evidence for your potential lemon law case. Preparation is the key to making sure that the service center addresses properly addresses your concern.

3) Texas Lemon Law and Used Cars -- written on September 11, 2007, this article explains how used or pre-owned cars are protected under the Texas Lemon Law. In a nutshell, there is protection, but the protection is virtually useless. Please note that my lemon law office does NOT handle used or pre-owned cases.

Please keep in mind that the information on this site is not legal advice and should not be deemed as such. Consult with a lemon law attorney if you believe you may have a lemon law claim.

Posted On: June 1, 2010

Two Signs of a Potential New Texas Lemon Car

Purchasing a new vehicle at a car dealership is both a stressful and exciting experience. The car salesman is trained to minimize and gloss over red flags that may be signs of a potential lemon car.

My best suggestion is to trust your instincts AND to stick to it. Remember, you are the customer! To avoid acquiring a new lemon car and having to go through the fuss, headache, and time consumption of the Texas Lemon Law or a lemon lawsuit, watch for the following two signs:

1) "It's a new vehicle, yet the odometer reads over 100 miles" -- this should be red flag number one. If the car is new and if a potential buyer test drives an average of 10 miles each time, then there has been at least nine to ten potential buyers who did not want this car for a specific reason. Common sense tells us to politely ask the car salesman to find you a vehicle with less mileage or else you will need to take your business to the competing dealership nearby.

2) "During the test drive, I heard something abnormal" -- a client once told me that he had a suspicion that there was a problem with the new Ford truck he purchased, because he heard a subtle cranking sound during the test drive. The car sales manager at first told him that what he heard was normal... then, the sales manager told my client to buy the Ford truck anyway and they will fix it (to ease my client's concern). My client was told that the Ford service center at the dealership is first class! Subsequently, the client took the vehicle back 5 times after purchasing the vehicle. The vehicle is now a certified Ford lemon. Think about this, why would you purchase something new that already had a problem since day one?

Good luck on your new car purchase. There are many new car deals out there,..but make sure it is a non-lemon deal.