How long can a repair shop keep my vehicle for repairs under their warranty?

UPDATED: Apr 9, 2012

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How long can a repair shop keep my vehicle for repairs under their warranty?

I had a shop rebuild my transmission, and was told a set time it would take. It took 14 days longer than what I was told. Within the 12 month 12k mile warranty of the rebuild the transmission has broken. How long can the shop legally keep my vehicle for repairs under warranty? When I dropped the vehicle off I was told one week. It has now been 3 months.

Asked on April 9, 2012 under General Practice, Texas


FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

The shop so long as you are willing to let it can keep your vehicle as long as needed within reason to correct the problems with the transmission under its warranty unless the written warranty that you presumably have in hand states otherwise.

I suggest that you meet with the opwner of the repair facility to set a time table for the return of your vehicle in proper running order. Another option is to consult with an attorney that practices in the area of automotive law and/or make a complaint with your state's bureau of automotive repair.

This entity is in charge of fielding consumer complaints with approved automotive repair facilities.

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