Steer Clear of Lemons

Updated August 12, 2014

The Lemon Law can be very difficult to understand for the car buyer and owner. If you think you have bought a lemon of a vehicle, there are laws that can protect you from wasting thousands of dollars. You do not have to drive a car or truck that is defective through no fault of your own. The NJ lemon law can help you understand your rights and assist you in determining if you have a legal case.

What is the Lemon Law?

The Lemon Law is a consumer protection law that protects used vehicle buyers. If a person buys a car, truck, motorcycle, or other vehicle with a problem that needs to be fixed, they can have the dealer attempt to fix it. If the problem compromises the safety of the vehicle in any way and there have been three attempts to repair it, the vehicle is considered a lemon under the NJ lemon law. The problems have to occur during a certain time of ownership or a certain number of miles.

What Kinds of Vehicles Does the Lemon Law Cover?

Cars and trucks that are purchased or leased are covered under the Lemon Law, as well as those still under an extended warranty. All types of vehicles have protection under this law. Whether you have a truck, motorcycle, RV, or snowmobile, you are covered under the Lemon Law if you have recently purchased the vehicle.

How Does the Lemon Law Work?

An attorney can assist you in the process of arbitration to determine whether or not your vehicle is in fact a lemon. The problem must occur within the initial two years of ownership/lease or 24,000 miles. If your vehicle remains in the repair shop for more than three weeks, or if it has a problem that could cause death if not repaired the first time, it will probably be considered a lemon. It is best to get professional help so that you know what your rights are when it comes to the Lemon Law in every state.

How Can You Avoid Lemon?

If you are well-informed and conscientious when you purchase your vehicle, the chances of you ending up with a lemon is slim. However, if you make rash decisions and are in a hurry to buy your car, you will not make the best decision. This is when you could purchase a lemon without even knowing it. To avoid making uninformed choices, try to bring a friend or family member who is educated in vehicles and their mechanics. The NJ lemon lawis put in place to help consumers, but hopefully it won’t come to that!

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