State Lemon Laws

Texas Lemon Law Advice


Texas' lemon laws are somewhat weaker than those of other states. The number of repair attempts required for a car to qualify as a lemon is high and the warranty period is short. These favor the manufacturer. However, the definition of what vehicles are covered is broad, and this is good for the consumer.

Texas Lemon Law Rating: 2 (somewhat negative - moderately disfavors the consumer)

Vehicles Covered:

  • New vehicles
  • Includes motorcycles, ATVs, and towable RVs
  • Includes engine transmissions and rear axles weighing more than 18,000 lbs

What constitutes a "lemon":

  • Two attempts to repair a serious or life-threatening* defect OR
  • Four attempts to repair the vehicle OR
  • 30 calendar days out of service
Valid for:
  • The first of the express warranty period or 1 year
What to do if you suspect you have a lemon in Texas:
  • Immediately draft a letter to the manufacturer of your automobile informing them of the defects you are experiencing. It is a good idea to send this letter via certified mail.
  • Ensure that you save ALL documentation related to your automobile repairs

*Life-threatening defects that can qualify your car as a lemon include loss of steering, sudden stalling, loss of braking, and other extremely serious flaws.

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