New Jersey Lemon Law FAQs

FAQs About Your Lemon Law Rights

What types of defects are covered by lemon laws?

Most state lemon laws cover vehicles with a defect or non-conformity that substantially impairs the ...

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Most state lemon laws cover vehicles with a defect or non-conformity that substantially impairs the use, value, or safety of the vehicle. Every situation is unique and a defect that you might not ordinarily think is substantial, might very well be depending on how it affects you.

For instance, even something that is seemingly as minor as the illumination of a light on your dashboard might signify a larger problem. Or, something like a brake squeak might be substantial if it affects your use and enjoyment of the vehicle. And the federal Lemon Law applies to all warrantied defects, regardless of their effect on the vehicle.

FAQs About Your Lemon Law Rights

What is a ‘lemon’?

For a vehicle to be considered a lemon, it must meet certain requirements. While each state is diffe...

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For a vehicle to be considered a lemon, it must meet certain requirements. While each state is different, there are some general things that hold true across the board. At the most basic level, the vehicle needs to have some type of defect or non-conformity. And under most state laws, the defect must be covered by a warranty and be reported to the manufacturer within a specific timeframe and mileage limit.

However, the defect alone does not classify your vehicle as a lemon. Usually, the manufacturer must try and fail to repair the defect multiple times before the vehicle earns that distinction.

FAQs About Your Lemon Law Rights

What is a Lemon Law buyback?

If your vehicle qualifies as a lemon, the manufacturer will often be required to return the vehicle ...

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If your vehicle qualifies as a lemon, the manufacturer will often be required to return the vehicle and issue a refund. This is known as a Lemon Law buyback. The refund typically amounts to the full purchase price, with all taxes, fees, and financing charges, minus a usage fee.

The applicable state Lemon Law should define the maximum manufacturers can withhold as a usage fee. Many state lemon laws calculate the maximum usage fee based on the purchase price of the vehicle and the mileage driven before the first repair attempt. But every state is different. Thus, contacting a knowledgeable and experienced Lemon Law attorney is the most effective way to protect your rights.

New Jersey Lemon Law

The New Jersey lemon law was established to help protect drivers from inherently defunct vehicles. This ensures that if you buy a vehicle that is a lemon, you won’t be stuck with a vehicle that has many problems. Driving a vehicle with defects not only puts you in danger but the lives of other citizens in danger as well. Here are the qualifications that help determine whether or not your car is a lemon in New Jersey.

The defect must persist after three attempts to repair it and the vehicle also must be out of service for a cumulative of 20 days during the first two years of ownership or 24,000 miles, whichever occurs first.

If your vehicle meets the above criteria, the manufacturer is responsible for repairing the defects under the original warranty. Issues must be reported promptly in order to be covered. Please keep in mind that the New Jersey lemon law does not protect defects to your vehicle that were caused by an accident, vandalism, abuse or neglect. If any repairs are completed, they must be done by the manufacturer, its agent or an authorized dealer. Keep Records & Send a Letter It’s important that you keep records of all repair attempts as well as document your interactions with both the manufacturer and the dealer. You’ll also need to look at the manufacturer’s warranty to see what repairs it covers.

From there, the next step in filing your vehicle as a lemon is completing a letter and application and sending it to the Division of Consumer Affairs’ Lemon Law Unit. From there, the manufacturer has 10 days in order to make the repairs. If this does not happen, you have the rights to demand a full refund of your vehicle’s purchase price. Hire Our New Jersey Lemon Law Attorneys In order to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve, you can rely on our team of seasoned lawyers at the Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center®. We have been representing clients since 1995 with the goal of helping consumers get rid of their defective vehicles. We understand that this area of law can be difficult and complicated, especially if you are not familiar with how the lemon law works. This is where our team comes into play, making the process as stress-free as possible. Please call us at 1-800-USLEMON or fill out your information online for a free case evaluation.

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