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New Jersey Lemon Laws

New automobiles that fail to operate properly or have major problems that cannot be fixed after multiple attempts are called "lemons." Therefore, lemon laws protect consumers by requiring dealers to either refund the consumer or replace the automobile if they are stuck with a lemon. New Jersey lemon law, for example, gives manufacturers and dealers one year or 12,000 miles in which to fix any serious problems before the lemon law kicks in.

The main provisions of New Jersey's lemon law are listed in the following chart. See FindLaw's Lemon Law section for additional resources.

Code Section 56:12-29, et seq.
Title of Act Not specified
Definition of Defects Nonconformity to express warranties which significantly affects the use, market value, or safety of vehicle
Time Limit for Manufacturer Repair Term of warranty or during period of 1 year following date of original delivery to consumer, or 12,000 miles of operation, whichever is earlier
Remedies Option of consumer: accept return and refund full purchase price including any stated credit/allowance for consumer's used motor vehicle, cost of any options/other modifications arranged, installed/made by manufacturer within 30 days after date of original delivery and sales tax, license and registration fees, finance charges and other incidental fees less a reasonable allowance for use

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a New Jersey lemon law attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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