New Jersey Lemon Law Page
Did You Buy A Lemon?  What is a Lemon?

   A "Lemon" is a new automobile, either purchased or leased, which has repeated repairs for the same defect or has been in the shop for a cumulative of 20 days or more.
   The automobile must be returned for repair within 18,000 miles or two years, whichever comes first.  If the dealership is unable to repair the car after three tries or a cumulative of 20 days or more in the shop, the car is deemed a "Lemon" and you can seek relief from the manufacturer.
   A prevailing consumer in a Lemon Law action has all attorney's fees, costs and expert fees paid by the manufacturer.     In addition, the consumer is reimbursed for all money paid for the car, including sales tax
   The rules for used cars are much more restrictive than new cars.  Used Car Lemon Laws are limited to cars purchased from used car dealers and have drive train defects.  See the special rules that apply to used cars.
   In addition to the Lemon Law, a consumer also may rely on the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) and different Warranty Act claims.
   To find out more, contact the Hopkins Law office.  

New Jersey has a free Pamphlet on the Lemon Law.
Get a second free  Pamphlet about Used Cars.

What Should You Do If You Own A Lemon?

    If you believe that you own a Lemon, the manufacturer must be notified and given one opportunity to repair your vehicle.  (Remember, the vehicle may be an automobile, motorcycle, wheelchair, camper or one of the other covered vehicles.)  To notify the manufacturer, complete the following suggested letter and send it to the manufacturer.  The manufacturer's address sould have been provided with the warranty information when you purchased your car.  At this point it may be a good idea to contact your attorney to make sure that the manufacturer is properly notified and does not pull a "quick one" on you, the customer.

    After the manufacturer is given their final opportunity to repair the vehicle, if the vehicle still demonstrates the same defect, you own a Lemon.  An action may be commenced with the Department of Consumer Affairs or in the Superior Court of New Jersey.  The only statutory defense to a Lemon Law suit is that the defect does not affect the use, value or safety of the vehicle.   Since attorneys fees are paid by the manufacturer in a prevailing Lemon Law suit, it is highly recommended that the action be commenced in the Superior Court.  

For more information, make an appointment:  
The Hopkins Law Firm