Like almost every other state, residents in NJ have laws to help them if they buy, lease, or register a new vehicle. The Lemon Law ensures that you cannot be stuck with a car that has multiple defects (or the same one over and over) that cannot be resolved promptly. In New Jersey, these laws only apply to new vehicles that have been leased or purchased. Under the rules, you can get protection if your car still has the same defect after three attempts at repair or if the vehicle can’t be driven for 20 days in a row anytime during the first 24,000 miles or two years.
What it Means
If any of the above criteria are met, the manufacturer should be held responsible for fixing the issues, even if your current warranty has expired. However, it is up to you to provide documentation, so you must send the car to the dealer or another comparable shop promptly when an issue arises.
What it Doesn’t Cover
While the Lemon Law is there to protect you, it will not cover any defects that are caused by vandalism, accidents, neglect, or abuse. Plus, you must use a manufacturer, authorized dealer, or an approved agent to handle the repairs in NJ.
Keep Your Records
You must have all the receipts of any repair attempts, and they should be detailed. If your dealer doesn’t give detailed reports, ask for them each time you visit. Plus, you must also keep a record of any contact you have with the dealership and the manufacturer. Because the process is so lengthy and complicated, you may want to hire legal counsel.
The lemon law NJ is designed to protect you if you buy a new vehicle with a lot of problems. Visit Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® in NJ for a free case review.