Truck add-ons voided warranty, suit claims

Kelly Holleran Dec. 6, 2010, 6:35am

Placing enhancement products on a vehicle voided a Jefferson County man's automobile warranty, according to recently filed court documents.

Brent Venable filed a lawsuit Nov. 24 in Jefferson County District Court against Weaver Motors of Kirbyville, Daimler Chrysler Service Contracts, Daimler Chrysler Motors Co., Superchips and A-1 Tint and Accessories.

When he purchased his 2006 Dodge Ram diesel pickup truck from Daimler Chrysler, Venable also received a vehicle warranty, according to the complaint. The warranty guaranteed to provide needed maintenance and repairs on the Dodge, the suit states.

On Nov. 24, 2008, Venable brought his Dodge to Weaver Motors because of engine failure he experienced, the complaint says. However, Venable claims he learned on March 26, 2009, that Daimler Chrysler was denying his warranty coverage because of enhancement products he added to his vehicle.

Because he lost access to his warranty, Venable claims he suffered an economic loss, including loss of money to renovate his vehicle and loss of money to relocate his vehicle. He also says he suffered mental anguish.

Venable names Daimler Chrysler as a defendant because he says it failed to provide the warranty coverage it promised.

He also names Superchips and A-1 Tint as defendants because they indicated that manufacturer warranties would not be voided with the installation of their products, according to the complaint.

While Weaver Motors possessed Venable's vehicle to determine the extent of his engine damage, several items disappeared from inside the truck, the suit states.

In his complaint, Venable alleges breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of implied and express warranties, common law fraud, negligence and violations of the Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

Venable seeks an unspecified judgment, plus other relief the court deems just.

Gordon Friesz of McPherson, Hughes, Bradley, Wimberley, Steele and Chatelain in Port Arthur will be representing him.

Judge Bob Sanderson, 58th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. A188-863

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