State Lemon Laws

New Jersey Lemon Law Advice


New Jersey has a consumer friendly set of Lemon Laws, that are stronger than most states. New Jersey features a law that applies to used cars. The number of repair attempts required for a car to qualify as a lemon is high but the warranty period is relatively long. The definition of what vehicles are covered is broad - these favor the consumer. Additionally, New Jersey is rare in that it has a Used Car Lemon law.

New Jersey Lemon Law Rating: 4 (somewhat positive - slightly favors the consumer)

Vehicles Covered:

  • New vehicles that were purchased, leased or registered in NJ.
  • Includes motorcycles, and the non-livable quarters of motor homes
  • Excludes commercial vehicles

What constitutes a "lemon":

  • Three attempts to repair a defect that impairs the use, safety of value of the vehicle (plus one final attempt at repair after the manufacturer has been notified)
  • 20 calendar days out of service (plus the time of the final repair attempt)
Valid for:
  • 18,000 miles or 2 years, whichever comes sooner
  • Used Cars - It depends on the mileage of the car:
    • Less than 24,000 miles: 90 days or 3,000 miles
    • Less than 60,000 miles: 60 days or 2,000 miles
    • Less than 100,000 miles: 30 days or 1,000 miles

What to do if you suspect you have a lemon in New Jersey:

  • Immediately draft a letter to the manufacturer of your automobile informing them of the defects you are experiencing. That notification letter must be sent via certified mail
  • You will need to give the manufacturer one last chance to repair the vehicle..
  • Ensure that you save ALL documentation related to your automobile repairs

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