With each passing day you are beginning to fear that you've got a lemon on your hands. Are you stuck with it? Maybe not. The New Jersey's Used Car Lemon Law provides protection to those who buy used motor vehicles.
The law, which covers only used passenger motor vehicles purchased from licensed used car dealers requires used car dealers to provide their customers with warranties. The length of the warranty depends on the used motor vehicle's mileage. If:
• A motor vehicle has 24,000 miles or less, the dealer must provide his customer with a warranty for 90 days or 3,000 miles, whichever comes first.
• A motor vehicle has more than 24,000 miles, but less than 60,000 miles, the dealer must provide the customer with a warranty lasting 60 days or 2,000 miles, whichever comes first.
• A motor vehicle that has between 60,000 and 100,000 miles, the dealer must provide the customer with a warranty for 30 days or 1,000 miles, whichever comes first.
Whose Car is Not Covered by the Law
• Motor vehicles sold for less than $3,000.
• Motor vehicles which are seven (7) or more years old.
• Motor vehicles that have been declared a total loss by an insurance company.
• Motor vehicles that have odometer readings of more than 100,000 miles.
• Motor vehicles that were not purchased from a dealer.
Note: In negotiating a better price for the vehicle, consumers may waive their right to a warranty. The vehicle must have more than 60,000 miles on its odometer and the waiver must be in writing.