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Customer alleges Houston Direct Auto sold her defective Mini Cooper


By Marian Johns | Dec 12, 2019


HOUSTON — A Harris County woman is suing Houston Direct Auto, alleging it sold her a defective Mini Cooper that is beyond repair. 

J Vanessa Zubire filed a complaint Nov. 26 in Harris County District Court against Nabeelco Enterprises LLC, doing business as Houston Direct Auto, alleging violation of the Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

According to the complaint, Zubire purchased a 2011 Mini Cooper from Houston Direct on April 18, for $12,364.78, which included an extended warranty. She alleges that after driving the car off the Houston Direct lot the vehicle stalled out at a red light and shut off. 

After returning the car to Houston Direct several times for repairs, her car continued to stall, the suit states. She says she then took the car to a different mechanic who found that none of the repairs Houston Direct said it made to the car were actually done. 

The plaintiff states she paid $3,388.26 to Houston Direct to repair her car but it continued to stall. She alleges Houston Direct continued to make false promises to fix the car but finally agreed to only buy the car back at "a depreciated value."

Zubrie seeks monetary relief of less than $100,000, attorney fees, interest and all other just relief. She is represented by attorneys Ted Cox and Andrew Wheeler of The Ted A. Cox Law Firm PC in Houston. 

Harris County District Court case number 2019-85012

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