Texas 'Lemon Law' reaches 30-year anniversary
Austin, Texas (KTSM) — Gov. Rick Perry proclaimed Nov. 1 "Texas Lemon Law Day", on the 30th anniversary of the law's passing.
Since the bill passed in 1983, Texas has received 16,000 complaints, and consumers received $113 million in relief for new cars that came with major problems.
"As a state senator, I heard about so many cases where an individual purchased a vehicle and spent years trying to get an incurable flaw fixed. This law provides real relief for the innocent car owner," said former Sen. R.E. 'Buster' Brown, who authored the bill.
Those who wish to file a Lemon Law complaint can download this form and pay a $35 fee.
The program's staff will try to mediate between car manufacturers/dealers and consumers, and if the problem remains unresolved, it will be referred for a hearing.
The law applies to new or leased vehicles, including cars, trucks, motorcycles, motor homes, titled/registered travel trailers, and used cars that are still covered under the manufacturer's original warranty.