Kelly Holleran Nov. 1, 2012, 11:16am

A Beaumont business claims it has incurred numerous unnecessary repair costs costing more than $2 million to correct defects on some of the 123 Ford vehicles it purchased from a Winnie Ford dealership. 

T and D Solutions filed a lawsuit Oct. 24 in Jefferson County District Court against Ford Motor Co. and David Self Ford.

In its complaint, T and D alleges it has purchased about 123 Ford F-250 and Ford F-350 trucks from David Self Ford for a total purchase price of $4,676,065. According to the complaint, repair costs have forced the business to dole out an additional $2,148,177.63.

“Since purchase, the vehicles have encountered an excessive number of defects necessitating numerous repair visits and excessive down time for each vehicle,” the suit states.

Not only is T and D complaining about the number of repairs it has been forced to endure, but also about the denial of the warranty coverage on its vehicles.

T and D claims one of its warranties was wrongfully denied on Nov. 16, 2011, when an F-350 was brought to a dealership in Louisiana for repairs while another was denied for fuel contamination on July 24. The repairs cost the company $15,406, the complaint says.

Because of the numerous repairs, T and D Solutions claims it suffered a diminished value of the vehicles, lost their use, incurred repair costs, lost income and profits and incurred out-of-pocket costs.

It seeks actual, statutory and exemplary damages, plus attorney’s fees, costs, pre- and post-judgment interest at the highest legal rates and other relief the court deems just.

Thomas Walter Umphrey of Provost Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont and Craig M. Patrick of Patrick Law Firm in Dallas will be representing it.

The case has been assigned to Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th District Court.

Case No. B193-399

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