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A “lemon car” describes a Texas vehicle that you purchased that has a manufacturing defect that cannot be repaired, and which has resulted in reducing the usability, safety, or value of the car. 

Under the Texas lemon law, it is the car manufacturer’s responsibility to make things right if your vehicle qualifies as a lemon. 

This page will provide you with a simple overview of the lemon law requirements, criteria, and process in Texas. 

For more information regarding your own vehicle, be sure to contact legal counsel or your state’s consumer’s affairs office. 

What is the Texas Lemon Law?

The Texas lemon law sets requirements for car manufacturers to refund or replace vehicles that have safety or quality defects that cannot be repaired. 

If your vehicle qualifies, you can typically choose to either:

  • Have the vehicle replaced with a new one. 
  • Be refunded for the purchase of the lemon. 

Lemon Law Criteria in Texas

In order to qualify for Texas’s lemon law, the vehicle must meet the following criteria:

  • 4 failed repair attempts, 2 failed repairs for a major safety defect, or out of service for 30 days. 
  • Occurs within 24 months, 24,000 miles, or the end of the warranty period, whichever comes first. 

Does lemon law apply to used cars in Texas?

Used vehicles that are still under the original manufacturer warranty may be covered in some cases. 

What to Do if Your Car is a Lemon in Texas

If you believe you’ve purchased a lemon car in Texas, the process will go something like this:

  1. Make the necessary attempts to have the issue repaired under the manufacturer’s warranty. 
  2. Keep records and documentation of all service, communication, and estimates from the dealer, manufacturer, or other authorized agent. 
  3. If you believe the vehicle meets the criteria of a lemon, notify the manufacturer to begin the lemon-law remedy process. 

For official information or legal advice pertaining to your specific circumstances, please contact your attorney or the Texas consumer protection agency.