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1 Answer | Asked in Lemon Law for Texas on
Q: Can a car dealer make me make payments without having a vehicle Can they force me to get another vehicle from them

I bought a Tahoe from a car lot traded it in to same car lot they got me in a vehicle and transmission went out and I had only paid one payment they took car back and trying to make me make payments without a vehicle

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Oct 16, 2023

The Texas Lemon Law has very clear and specific requirements. You should review the public summary on the State website here: https://www.txdmv.gov/motorists/consumer-protection/lemon-law

The Lemon Law does not affect your obligation to make payments to your lender or financing company...
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2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Civil Litigation, Lemon Law and Small Claims for Texas on
Q: What is the max amount of mental anguish can I sue for? The cost of the vehicle was $8590.50, in my suit what is the

maximum amount of economic damages I can sue for? In my demand letter can I ask for double the cost of the truck back or in my suit if it goes to court? I am prepared to send my demand letter today, I am just unsure of all the damages I can ask to recover. I am doing this without an attorney so I... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on May 5, 2023

You can ask for whatever amount you like. Awards of damages for mental anguish vary depending upon the facts and circumstances presented by the evidence to the jury.

A decent rule of thumb for settlement purposes is no more than 1.5x the amount of your medical expenses for whatever bodily...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Lemon Law and Libel & Slander for Texas on
Q: My dealer sold me a lemon. Is it legal to drive my car with painted messages on my doors "parkplace sold me this lemon"?

Have tried to resolve amicably. Car in shop 26 days out of the 45 I have owned it. Since it was purchased with 1000 miles CPO "as is" it does not qualify for buyback according to MBUSA.

I spent 130k and car does not drive nice. So while I prepare a lawsuit, want to paint on car,... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jan 28, 2023

Since a car can only be a “lemon” if it was purchased new, you could be sued for business disparagement if your sign deters a prospective customer from purchasing a car from the dealership.

Most used cars are sold as-is, meaning the buyer is not relying on anything the seller may have...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Lemon Law and Small Claims for Texas on
Q: Can I file suit on a dealership that sold me a lemon car and that knowingly was being deceitful about car repairs
John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Nov 11, 2022

Yes, if you purchased a new automobile from a dealership, you may be able to file a "Lemon Law" complaint. The complaint procedure is overseen by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles.

The requirements and procedure are described in layman's terms on its website at...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Lemon Law for Texas on
Q: Speerly v GM, class action suit How does one get included in this suit?

I own one of the vehicles included in the case and am about to be out $5000 for repairs to the transmission.

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jun 17, 2023

Contact the lawyers representing the plaintiff class.

If you have an actual documented transmission failure and a decent back story, they might want to include you as a named plaintiff to get a better settlement for the class.

1 Answer | Asked in Lemon Law for Texas on
Q: I leased a car a month ago and now I'm having alternator issues, is the dealership responsible for repairs?

I've missed multiple days of work doe to this and the dealership keeps trying to find a way to squeeze money out of me even though I haven't been able to work due to this

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Mar 28, 2023

Typically, when you lease a brand new car, it comes with a warranty from the manufacturer. Most commonly, any manufacturer authorized service center can provide warranty service. Most dealerships which sell that manufacturer’s cars have authorized service centers.

If the dealership...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Lemon Law and Small Claims for Texas on
Q: My girlfriend bought a car from a small car lot and 6 months later the engine blew. Is there anything we can do?

My girlfriend bought a car from a small car lot and 6 months later the engine blew. She still owes $11,000. They want $4000 to repair the engine. They won't tell us what is wrong with the engine just that we need to pay them to fix it. Is there anything we can do?

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Feb 11, 2023

You should consider taking the vehicle to another mechanic for a second opinion given the size of the repair estimate.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI and Lemon Law for Texas on
Q: I was on Probation the judgel ordered a interlocking device but I ended up signing off the interlock removal & did time

I need help with getting the interlock removal form that was signed to release the device so i can obtain my license

Penny Wymyczak-White
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Penny Wymyczak-White
answered on Feb 6, 2023

You may be able to go to court and ask the PO for the the form

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law and Lemon Law for Texas on
Q: Bougth a used car from a privite seller. He lied about what was wrong with it and have prof. Anything I can do?

I purchased a used vehicle from a private seller. The check engine lights were on when buying the car, and he informed me it was the car struts. He told me if I replaced them, that would fix the problem. He also said there was a warranty on the vehicle. So I bought the car and replaced the struts.... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Oct 14, 2022

Most used cars are sold as-is. When you purchase a car “as-is” that means you are not relying on anything the Seller may have told you about the condition of the car.

But if this one wasn’t sold as-is, you likely can sue the Seller for fraud to recover the cost of repair as well as...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Collections, Lemon Law and Small Claims for Texas on
Q: can i report my car stolen?

Transmission went out, shop picked it up and towed it to their location. Tore it down and diagnosed it. The contract says it’s $599 for tow and tear down. He told us $1480 to repair it. We said okay. He then jacked the price up to $2480 saying “there was more problems”. Fast forward a year... View More

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace
answered on Mar 10, 2020

This is a civil matter. Theft requires the state to prove intent at the time the property initially changed hands.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Products Liability and Lemon Law for Texas on
Q: Used car dealer sold me a car with problems and after the maker agreed to repair my car, it's been 13 months!!

My car year/make/model is directly related to at least 2 class action lawsuits, (I did not partake in)

My car has been at a local dealership since July 2018 and no news, every time I call I get, "we are still waiting on ur engine to arrive, it is on backorder"

At the time... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Sep 5, 2019

'Sorry that your question was not picked up in four weeks. At this point, you could contact a Texas lemon law attorney and go through your folder in detail with them, bringing to their attention your information involving the class actions. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Lemon Law and Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: Can my landlord raise my rent because there was a Gas leak also stop any repairs.

This past Sept 2017 my gas was turned off and the meter taken off. The gas company told me a licensed plumber had to come check the pipes under the house/ground. I told my landlord he got mad that the gas company got involved. He said now he had to pay for a permit and hired a licensed plumber. The... View More

Ross F. Tew
Ross F. Tew
answered on Oct 29, 2017

My initial reaction is no, your landlord can't break the lease by raising your rent based on the types of repairs involved. Keep in mind that you need to have an attorney review your lease and any correspondence you have with your landlord before advising you one way or the other.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Lemon Law and Tax Law for Texas on
Q: In Texas if the buyback I received from Volkswagen is less than the original price I paid for the vehicle, do I owe tax?

VW Emissions Settlement for Owners in Texas

D. Mathew Blackburn
D. Mathew Blackburn
answered on Dec 2, 2016

Property settlements for loss in value of property that are less than the adjusted basis of your property are not taxable and generally do not need to be reported on your tax return. See Publication 4345 https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p4345.pdf.

2 Answers | Asked in Products Liability and Lemon Law for Texas on
Q: What can i do?

In the end of march 2016, i bought a 2009 dodge journey which i was told it would be 9,000 with interest and everything, but when paying my first payment i saw my total payme t is 14,000.

Since i have had the vehicle 1)MANY many times the car does not start, 2)does not excelerate, i was... View More

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Aug 29, 2016

Look for a consumer law attorney in your area. Www.naca.net

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