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Used Vehicle Lemon Laws

Used Vehicle Lemon Laws

Representing the Legal Rights of Individuals for Those Who Have Purchased Used Vehicles with Significant Issues!

New Jersey’s Used Car Lemon Law protects consumers who have purchased used vehicles from licensed dealers that develop problems that are covered under warranty. In addition, the law requires dealers to provide consumers with a certain warranty based on the vehicle’s mileage at the time the vehicle is purchased. If problems develop, consumers may be entitled to significant compensation under the Lemon Law, so it is important for anyone buying a used car to understand their rights and to contact an experienced attorney if they believe that they may have a claim.

Used Vehicle Lemon Laws

Lemon Laws for Used Cars

In order to be covered under New Jersey’s law, a used vehicle must meet the following criteria:

  • The vehicle must be less than seven years old
  • The purchase price of the vehicle must be at least $3,000
  • The vehicle must have less than 100,000 miles

Importantly, the following types of vehicles are not covered by New Jersey’s used Lemon Law:

  • Motorcycles
  • Commercial vehicles
  • Vehicles that are still under the manufacturer’s warranty
  • Vehicles that are sold by private sellers
  • Leased vehicles
Lemon Laws for Used Cars

What If My Used Car is a Lemon?

If you believe that your vehicle may be a lemon, it is important to report the issues that you are having to the dealer from which you bought the vehicle. Furthermore, it is critical to keep any documentation you may have regarding repair attempts. The Lemon Law provides dealers with a “reasonable amount of time” to repair a defect that is covered under the warranty, which means two repair attempts for the same defects or 20 cumulative days of the vehicle being out of service. In order to qualify for relief under the law, a defect must substantially impair the use, value, or safety of a vehicle.

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What If My Used Car is a Lemon?