By the time that most potential clients contact my law office, they are pretty frustrated with the predicament that they are in. I empathize. I, too, would be frustrated if my new vehicle spends so much time at the auto repair shop.
Below are four potential outcomes of a typical lemon law case in Texas. Please be advised that every case is different and it is vital that you contact an attorney immediately if you believe that you have a claim; as there are strict statute of limitation deadlines involved.
Outcome #1: You win or settle a repurchase of your vehicle. Keep in mind that even with a repurchase, you are responsible for paying a mileage deduction. Also, any rebates or extended warranty applied or purchase at the time of sale will be subtracted from your total repurchase amount.
Outcome #2: You win or settle a replacement. Similar to outcome #1, you are for paying a reasonable mileage deduction, plus applied rebates, or extended warranty purchase.
Outcome #3: You settle a cash settlement. In this scenario, you keep the vehicle and retain ownership of it. If the vehicle was financed, you will continue to be responsible for paying the monthly payment on the vehicle. The benefit is that you can settle for a monetary amount to compensate you for your time and inconvenience with the new lemon vehicle. Some manufacturers, such as Chrysler or Ford, are more likely to offer a cash settlement and less likely to offer a vehicle repurchase or replacement.
Outcome #4: You lose.
Please note that this post is not to be considered legal advice. There are other remedies or outcomes available and it is essential that you contact a lemon law attorney to discuss your options.