The Used Car Lemon Law (U.C.L.L.) protects and assists consumers when they purchase used motor vehicles from licensed dealers, and the vehicles develop repeated problems with parts covered under the warranty. The law also requires dealers to provide a limited warranty based on the mileage of the vehicle at the time of purchase. This warranty must be provided at no extra charge and the dealer must repair the problems within the warranty period.
What vehicles are covered under the Used Car Lemon Law?
The law covers passenger vehicles, purchased from a licensed dealer, which are seven (7) model years old or less. The purchase price must be at least $3,000 and the mileage must not exceed 100,000 miles at the time of purchase. If your vehicle meets these requirements, the dealer is required to provide you with a warranty which shall at least have the following minimum durations:
- If a motor vehicle has 24,000 miles or less on its odometer, the dealer must provide the consumer with a warranty for 90 days or 3,000 miles, whichever comes first.
- If a motor vehicle has between 24,000 miles and 60,000 miles on its odometer, the dealer must provide the consumer with a warranty for 60 days or 2,000 miles, whichever comes first.
- If a motor vehicle has between 60,000 miles and 100,000 miles on its odometer, the dealer must provide the consumer with a warranty for 30 days or 1,000 miles, whichever comes first. *
*NOTE: In negotiating a better price for the vehicle, consumers may waive their right to a warranty. The vehicle must have more that 60,000 miles on its odometer and the waiver must be in writing.
The written warranty shall require the dealer, upon failure or malfunction of a covered item during the term of the warranty, to correct the malfunction or defect, provided the used motor vehicle is delivered to the dealer, at his regular place of business, and subject to a deductible amount of $50 to be paid by the consumer for each repair of a covered item.
If the dealer fails to provide the consumer with a written warranty at the time of purchase, the dealer is deemed to have provided that warranty, as specified in the law, unless the consumer has signed a waiver.
Do you think your used car may be a Lemon?
A used motor vehicle is presumed to be a lemon if:
- there have been at least three (3) repair attempts on the same covered item, AND/OR
- the vehicle has been out of service for a total of twenty (20) cumulative calendar days for a single problem or a series of problems with a covered item while the dealer is attempting to fix it.
To qualify under the Used Car Lemon Law, the defect must substantially impair the use, value or safety of the vehicle.
As is probably apparent by now, you have a lot of options and too many to discuss here. Just give our New Jersey Lemon Law Attorneys a call for a free review of your case. We’ll walk you through all the steps to determine if you have a valid claim against the manufacturer. As always, there is no cost to you. The law requires the manufacturer to pay for all legal costs and fees.