New Jersey’s Lemon Law protects consumers who purchase new or used vehicles that later develop significant problems. In order for the Lemon Law to be applicable, the defect to your vehicle under the Lemon Law must substantially impair the use, value or safety of your vehicle, or be a “serious safety defect” which is likely to cause death or serious bodily injury if the vehicle is driven.
This defect must arise and the manufacturer must be notified within a specific period of time. If this does not occur, you may lose your rights to assert a legal claim. For this reason, if you believe you may have a Lemon Law claim you should contact me for a free consultation immediately at (973) 686-9787.
A statute of limitations is a law that sets a time period when you must take legal action, otherwise you will be barred from bringing any legal claim.
For new cars, trucks, and motorcycles, an action must be brought within two years of the date of purchase or lease or before the car has been driven for 24,000 miles, whichever comes first.
If your motor vehicle was purchased with 24,000 miles or less on its odometer, you will have protection under the Lemon Law Statute for 90 days or 3,000 miles, whichever comes first.
If your motor vehicle was purchased with between 24,000 miles and 60,000 miles on its odometer, you will have protection under the Lemon Law Statute for 60 days or 2,000 miles, whichever comes first.
If your motor vehicle was purchased with between 60,000 miles and 100,000 miles on its odometer, you will have protection under the Lemon Law Statute for 30 days or 1,000 miles, whichever comes first. However, if you buy a Vehicle “AS IS” your protection might be lost.
Notice to the Dealer
Under the Lemon Law, you MUST give certain notice to both the Dealer and Manufacturer of your vehicle in a timely manner of any defect, or you may lose your rights to make any claims against them.
While in many cases, it is preferable to file a Lemon Law action through the Division of Consumer Affairs, it is not required, and in some cases, purchasers of vehicles not within the Lemon Law qualifications may be able to recover. Consumers that have purchased vehicles that later develop significant issues may be able to sustain a breach of warranty action against the dealer or manufacturer of the vehicle.Start the ProcessToday!
If you think that you may have purchased a Lemon, give us a call today to schedule a free phone consultation at (973) 686-9787. Usually we can have a final resolution for you within 30 days!