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Warranty Law: Pro Se Resources

Information on warranties and warranty law in Texas.

Research from Home

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Below are some eBook titles that may help you with your research on warranty law.

Resources at the State Law Library

Below are some library resources that can help with your warranty law questions.

If you are looking for books that can help you during litigation, click on the "Practice Aids" tab above. We also have other resources in addition to the highlights below. Please call us at (512) 463-1722 if you have questions.

About This Guide

In general, warranties are promises, assurances, or guarantees that a product will do what it is intended to do. Different types of consumer products will have different types of warranties, and there are limits to what a warranty covers.

The information on this page is intended to help you understand what a warranty is, what types of warranties exist, the state and federal laws that govern warranties, and what remedies you may have.

We also include special sections dedicated to two specific types of warranties: the "lemon law" for vehicles and laws related to manufactured housing warranties.

Texas and Federal Laws on Warranties

Below you will find links to the actual text of the Texas and federal laws that deal with warranties and service contracts (extended warranties) in general.

If you are looking for the laws relating to motor vehicle warranties (the "Lemon Law") or to manufactured housing warranties, see the boxes below.

Explained in "Plain English"

Because Texas and federal law may not be easy to understand, below you'll find a collection of resources that help to explain the law in "plain English."

If you are looking for information relating to motor vehicle warranties (the "Lemon Law") or to manufactured housing warranties, see the boxes below.

Motor Vehicles, the Lemon Law, and Optional Warranties

In general, the Lemon Law covers issues related to new vehicles that have repeated problems. Below are some resources that can help you understand the Texas Lemon Law, including when and how it applies and how to file a complaint.

Manufactured Housing Warranties

Texas has special provisions related to warranties on manufactured housing. Use the resources below to find more information about these special provisions, including the text of the laws themselves.

Who Can I Contact?

You may want to contact the state agencies listed below as they have jurisdiction over certain warranty issues in Texas.

Legal Research Guides from the Texas State Law Library

The Texas State Law Library reference librarians have compiled legal research guides for specific areas of the law. These guides contain resources that can help you research a legal issue. The American Association of Law Libraries has a guide for Non-Lawyers on How to Research a Legal Problem [PDF]. If you have any questions, please contact us at (512) 463-1722 or at


The information provided on this page has been prepared for general information purposes only and should not be construed as, nor substituted for, legal advice. It is strongly recommended that you contact an attorney for advice specific to your fact situation. Your local bar association or the State Bar of Texas Lawyer Referral Information Service (1-800-252-9690) can assist you with locating an attorney.

Some of the electronic resources we refer to in this guide may be in PDF format. Adobe Reader or similar software is required to view PDFs.

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