If your vehicle has other defects that do not fall under your New Jersey Lemon Law, you may be able to make a claim under other state and federal laws that protect owners of new and used vehicles. The best news is that you are not stuck with a defective vehicle. You have rights under the Lemon Laws which are defined by each state and the warranty your vehicle came with.
If you have been unfortunate enough to have recently purchased a problem car, donít think there is no recourse in New Jersey or, for that matter in entire America to be fair. We are all protected by law. The US government protects buyers of everything including cars against bad investment possibilities. While buying cars you may end up with a defective one which are generally known as 'lemons'. The New Jersey state lemon law protects you against getting stuck with such a vehicle.
You only need a sensible lemon law attorney on your side. You have quite a few of them in NJ. He will guide you through the intricacies of how to get the manufacturer to deliver according to the terms of his warranty, under the New Jersey lemon law. Think you really made a hasty decision in buying your new wheels? Donít give up so fast. This law greatly strengthens the rights of car buyers. For any product which has a written warranty if any part of the product or the product itself is considered defective, the seller must allow the buyer the choice of either a refund or replacement of the product.
To qualify as a New Jersey Lemon Law, your vehicle has to be a passenger automobile or a motorcycle. The scope is not very specific, so it will depend finally on the court whether your car is eligible to be considered as a lemon. However, it must be either bought, leased or registered in New Jersey. Motor homes are excluded from the scope of this law.
You think you have used the car quite awhile before noticing the defect? Hang on. There is a strong possibility that you still stand a chance of a full refund. If you reported the problem to the dealer or the manufacturer within the course of the first 18,000 miles of operation or within a period of two years from the date of original delivery, whichever is earlier, the manufacturer has to make, or arrange with to make through its dealer, within a reasonable time, all repairs necessary to correct the problem.
If in course of the 'lemon law rights period', the manufacturer or its dealer cannot repair or rectify the problem reasonably, the manufacturer shall be obliged to buy the vehicle back from the consumer. The manufacturer shall provide the consumer with a full refund of the purchase price. If the customer added any optional part or installed other modifications through the manufacturer or its dealer within 30 days after the date of original delivery, then the cost of those will also be refunded to him. Though there are certain conditions on recovery of any cost incurred or fees, taxes paid, the consumer is fairly protected against any fraudulent dumping of a lemon on him in New Jersey.
But be careful! The stipulation regarding the time within which you have to report the problem and give the manufacturer adequate opportunity to correct it is binding. Once that period is past, your hopes to recover costs under the New Jersey lemon law will also vanish. So donít sit on the problem and waste away precious time which may prove truly costly.