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Handling Your New Jersey Lemon Law Case FAQS

INTRODUCTION
Read below to learn more about this topic.  Or, to receive a no cost phone consultation, call Mr. DePetris at 609-714-2020 or send him an email.  Warning – this article does not necessarily include every New Jersey court rule, code or law that may apply to your New Jersey case!  The Law Office of Paul DePetris does not guarantee that the statutes, rules, codes, files or forms on this website are the latest versions, that they lack typographical errors or that they have not changed, repealed or superseded by other laws.  Before taking any action, read all applicable federal and state source law and case law and consult with an attorney.  Court addresses, hours of operation and directions may change so check with the court in advance of mailing documents to court or going there!  Some of the webpages on this site don’t apply to all types of New Jersey cases, since there are different rules for different case types!


HANDLING YOUR NEW JERSEY LEMON LAW CASE FAQS


WHAT IS A NEW JERSEY LEMON?
The New Jersey Lemon Law protects New Jersey lemon buyers or New Jersey lemon lessees.  To buy a New Jersey lemon car, you must buy or have transferred to you a specific type of vehicle.  The New Jersey Lemon Law does not apply to every New Jersey car, New Jersey truck, New Jersey SUV, New Jersey recreational vehicle and New Jersey motorcycle.  It is not a guarantee against every defect.  To buy a New Jersey lemon car, you must be the owner of a vehicle with a defect or the complaint of a defect that substantially impairs the use, value or safety of the New Jersey New Jersey lemon car, New Jersey lemon truck, New Jersey lemon SUV, New Jersey lemon recreational vehicle and New Jersey lemon motorcycle.   The vehicle must be a passenger automobile (automobile used and designed for the transportation of passengers other than an omnibus or school bus) or motorcycle purchased or leased in New Jersey or registered by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission.  The living facilities of mobile homes are excluded from coverage under the New Jersey Lemon Law but other parts are included.  The New Jersey lemon buyer must be the lemon vehicle’s buyer or lessee, other than for purposes of resale or sublease or a person to whom the New Jersey lemon car, New Jersey lemon truck, New Jersey lemon SUV, New Jersey lemon recreational vehicle or New Jersey lemon motorcycle was transferred during the duration of a manufacturer’s warranty applicable to the vehicle or any other person entitled by the warranty’s terms to enforce the warranty’s obligations.  This article only discusses the New Jersey Lemon Law that applies to New Jersey lemon manufacturer’s new car warranties.


WHY SHOULD I TRY TO WIN MY NEW JERSEY LEMON LAW CASE?
There are major incentives to handle your New Jersey Lemon Case right.  If you bought a New Jersey Lemon, you may be entitled to New Jersey Lemon relief from the New Jersey lemon manufacturer, such as the following:
A New Jersey Lemon Law replacement vehicle
A New Jersey Lemon Law refund  
A New Jersey Lemon Law attorney’s fee award
A New Jersey Lemon Law award of court costs and expert witness fees


NEW JERSEY LEMON LAW ATTORNEY’S FEE AWARDS 
There is great incentive for a New Jersey attorney to handle your New Jersey Lemon Case – mandatory New Jersey Lemon Law attorney’s fee awards.   In a New Jersey Lemon Law case, the Legislature has recognized that the right of access to the courts is meaningless unless the New Jersey Lemon buyer has the resources to file a New Jersey Lemon Law case.  New Jersey Lemon Law Attorney’s Fee Awards provide incentives to competent New Jersey attorneys to undertake New Jersey Lemon Law cases and to represent victims of the New Jersey Lemon Law who suffer relatively minor losses.  In this way, New Jersey Lemon Law Attorney’s Fee Awards is the Legislature's attempt to provide equal access to the courts by encouraging private enforcement of the New Jersey Lemon Law.   The Legislature intended plaintiffs to have access to the court system to pursue relatively small claims against deceptive retailers.  In that respect, the New Jersey Lemon Law Attorney's Fees provision one of the deterrent aspects of the legislation, and therefore, New Jersey Lemon manufacturers should beware.   If the New Jersey court award damages to a New Jersey Lemon Law plaintiff, the New Jersey Lemon Law Act also requires the New Jersey court to award New Jersey Lemon Law attorney’s fees against the New Jersey Lemon Law defendant.   The New Jersey Lemon Law defendant could face a judgment to pay whatever reasonable New Jersey Lemon Law attorney’s fees that the New Jersey Lemon Law plaintiff incurred in the New Jersey Lemon Law Act case.  Only a New Jersey judge decides the proper amount of a New Jersey Lemon Law attorney’s fee award.  




NEW JERSEY LEMON LAW COURT COSTS AND EXPERT WITNESS FEE AWARDS 
In a New Jersey Lemon Law case, the Legislature has recognized that the right of access to the courts is meaningless unless the New Jersey Lemon buyer has the resources to file a New Jersey Lemon Law case.  New Jersey Lemon Law court cost and expert witness fee awards help New Jersey Lemon car buyers to pursue New Jersey Lemon Law cases in the hopes that if the New Jersey Lemon Law case is successful, the New Jersey Lemon car buyer will recover their New Jersey Lemon Law case court costs and expert witness fees.


SHOULD I TRY TO HANDLE MY NEW JERSEY LEMON LAW CASE WITHOUT A NEW JERSEY LEMON LAW LAWYER?
New Jersey Lemon Law cases can be very complex.  To properly handle your New Jersey Lemon Case you need to have extensive knowledge of the New Jersey Lemon Law.  All or most New Jersey Lemon manufacturers use New Jersey Lemon Law defense attorneys to defend New Jersey Lemon Law cases.   The New Jersey Lemon Law permits successful New Jersey Lemon buyers to recover awards of reasonable attorney’s fees and court costs from the New Jersey Lemon manufacturer.   For those reasons, it is very dangerous for a New Jersey Lemon buyer to represent themselves in a New Jersey Lemon Law case.  Indeed, there is little benefit to a New Jersey Lemon buyer or New Jersey Lemon lessee to trying to handle a New Jersey Lemon Law case without being represented by a New Jersey Lemon lawyer.  Indeed, it is often quite easy for New Jersey Lemon Law defense attorneys to defeat New Jersey Lemon Law cases that are being handled without a New Jersey Lemon Lawyer representing the New Jersey lemon buyer.  If you try to represent yourself, you may fail to take an important step (miss a deadline, fail to complete crucial paperwork, etc.) and thereby jeopardize your New Jersey Lemon Law case.  New Jersey appeals are very expensive and complex and most are unsuccessful – if they were not, the system would be flawed.  New Jersey courts should get New Jersey Lemon Law cases right the first time without appeals always being taken.  You may only get one good chance to win your New Jersey Lemon Law case – so why not do it right the first time by hiring a New Jersey Lemon Law lawyer?


SHOULD I WAIT TO SEE IF MY NEW JERSEY LEMON CAR IS FIXED?
If your New Jersey Lemon car has been at The New Jersey Lemon manufacturer’s dealership at least 20 or more cumulative days for repairs for the same problem or has been subject to repair 3 times for the same problem, you should not wait any longer to ask a New Jersey Lemon lawyer to evaluate your New Jersey Lemon Law case.  Legal proceedings may take time to be concluded and thus, the longer you wait to find out you have a New Jersey Lemon Law case (or if you have a valid case, to begin the process), the longer you shall likely have to wait to conclude your New Jersey Lemon Law case.  When you handle your New Jersey Lemon Case, realize that delay could hurt your New Jersey Lemon Law case.


IF I FINANCED MY NEW JERSEY LEMON CAR, THE NEW JERSEY LEMON TRUCK, NEW JERSEY RECREATIONAL VEHICLE OR NEW JERSEY LEMON SUV’S PURCHASE, CAN I STOP MAKING PAYMENTS?
It is generally very, very risky for a New Jersey Lemon car buyer or New Jersey Lemon lessee to decide to stop making payments on a New Jersey Lemon car simply because it doesn’t work well or even if it doesn’t work at all.  Failing to make payments on a New Jersey Lemon car could result in:  (1) the credit of everyone on the New Jersey Lemon car loan or lease being damaged; (2) New Jersey Lemon car being repossessed; (3) everyone on the New Jersey Lemon car’s loan or lease being sued; (4) ultimately, in a money judgment being entered against you or anyone else named to the New Jersey Lemon car’s loan or lease, which may exceed New Jersey Lemon car’s purchase price or lease price.    Failing to make payments could make a bad situation much, much worse.  When you are considering whether to pursue a New Jersey Lemon Law case, always consult with a New Jersey Lemon lawyer before deciding to stop making payments on a New Jersey Lemon car loan or lease.


WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF I DO NOTHING ABOUT MY NEW JERSEY LEMON CAR?
If you have a valid New Jersey Lemon Law case and you do nothing to enforce your rights, you shall be stuck with your defective New Jersey Lemon and the seller, manufacturer or warranty provider shall get the best of you.  There are strict time limits for perfecting and filing New Jersey Lemon Law cases.  Since the New Jersey Lemon Law is such a powerful weapon against New Jersey Lemon manufacturers, seriously consider using an attorney to handle your New Jersey Lemon Case for you before it is too late to do so.  It can be very dangerous to read websites and conclude that a particular New Jersey Lemon Law case does or does not equal a valid New Jersey Lemon Law case.  Do not try to interpret the law simply by reading a website!


WHAT IF THE NEW JERSEY CAR DEALER OR THE NEW JERSEY LEMON MANUFACTURER SAYS I DON’T HAVE A NEW JERSEY LEMON LAW CASE?
Ignore them and seek competent legal advice from a New Jersey Lemon lawyer.  Only attorneys licensed in New Jersey to practice law are permitted to give legal advice and only they are able to evaluate if you have a valid case.  Until you speak with a New Jersey Lemon lawyer who is knowledgeable about this area of the law, do not draw any conclusions, regardless of what you heard from non-attorneys or read on the web.


WHAT IF I THINK MY FACTS DO NOT FIT THE LEMON LAW?
You should always speak with a New Jersey Lemon lawyer before coming to any conclusions about your New Jersey Lemon Law case.  Do not try to interpret the law by reading a website!  However, even if the facts of your New Jersey Lemon Law case do not fit the requirements of the Lemon Law, you may be entitled to sue the New Jersey Lemon manufacturer or its selling dealer for a breach of your warranties under other state and federal laws.  Seek an experienced New Jersey Lemon Lawyer to handle your New Jersey Lemon Case.


WHAT ARE NEW JERSEY LEMON LAW UNIT CASES?
The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs established a New Jersey Lemon Law Unit for the handling of New Jersey Lemon Law cases.  New Jersey Lemon Law Unit cases are not heard by the Superior Court of New Jersey and are handled by a New Jersey Law Division Civil Court judge and jury.  Instead, New Jersey Lemon Law Unit cases are heard by an Administrative Law Judge of the Office of Administrative Law without the benefit of a jury.  The Office of Administrative Law is responsible for handling certain types of administrative hearings, including New Jersey Lemon Law Unit cases.   However, the Office of Administrative Law does not provide consumers with legal representation in New Jersey Lemon Law Unit cases and does not hear all types of warranty disputes involving vehicles. Only if the New Jersey Lemon Law Unit determines that a New Jersey Lemon Law dispute meets the requirements for a contested New Jersey Lemon Law Unit Case does the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs transmit the contested New Jersey Lemon Law Unit case to the Office of Administrative Law   A New Jersey Administrative Law Judge hears the contested case under New Jersey rules established by statute and by the Office of Administrative La.  The Administrative Law Judge hears the New Jersey Lemon Law Unit case by considering the evidence presented by all parties to a New Jersey Lemon Law Unit.   During the New Jersey Lemon Law Unit case, the New Jersey lemon manufacturer is typically represented by a New Jersey Lemon Law defense attorney.    You are not required to file a New Jersey Lemon Law case with the New Jersey Lemon Law Unit.   Instead, you are able to have your New Jersey Lemon Law case heard by a New Jersey Law Division Court judge and jury.


SHOULD I FILE A NEW JERSEY LEMON LAW CASE WITH THE NEW JERSEY LEMON LAW UNIT?
If you file a New Jersey Lemon Law case with the New Jersey Lemon Law Unit, you do not receive a trial by jury.  However, if you or your New Jersey Lemon attorney file a New Jersey Lemon Law case in the Superior Court of New Jersey and properly demand a New Jersey jury trial and your New Jersey Lemon Law case is not dismissed before the New Jersey jury decides the New Jersey Lemon Law case, a New Jersey jury of your peers decides whether you win or lose your New Jersey Lemon Law case.  Under New Jersey Law, if citizens have a valid New Jersey Lemon Law case, they have a right to have their New Jersey Lemon Law case decided by a jury.  A New Jersey Lemon Law Unit case is decided by a single administrative law judge instead of by a New Jersey Lemon law case jury of your peers.  Who would you rather have decide your New Jersey Lemon Law case?  A New Jersey judge without a New Jersey jury or a New Jersey judge with a New Jersey jury of your peers?  Another disadvantage to the New Jersey Lemon Law Unit is that, while you may have more than one case against the New Jersey Lemon manufacturer (and thus multiple ways of recovering damages instead of only one way), you may bring only one type of case against the New Jersey Lemon manufacturer in the New Jersey Lemon Law Unit proceeding.   Usually, New Jersey lemon buyers and New Jersey lemon lessees who qualify for relief under the New Jersey Lemon Law also qualify for help under other laws.  But the New Jersey Lemon Law Unit does not permit the New Jersey lemon buyers and New Jersey lemon lessees to seek relief under laws other than the New Jersey Lemon Law, which often results in their weakening their changes to recover money damages for their defective New Jersey car.  Also, if you attempt to handle a New Jersey Lemon Law case by yourself through the New Jersey Lemon Law Unit, you may lose your New Jersey Lemon Law case by failing to follow the required procedures or by failing to present sufficient proofs at any hearing.  Usually New Jersey lemon manufacturers are represented by New Jersey Lemon Law defense attorneys who are more familiar than you with New Jersey Lemon Law cases and quite often, the New Jersey Lemon buyer or New Jersey Lemon lessees who represent themselves  before the New Jersey Lemon Law Unit fail to prove their New Jersey Lemon Law case.  Once you let the New Jersey Lemon Law Unit case to proceed to a decision, you lose your right to a trial of your New Jersey Lemon Law case by a New Jersey Superior Court judge and jury.   Accordingly, to avoid damaging their chance of success, before filing a New Jersey Lemon Law Unit case, the New Jersey Lemon buyer should consult with a New Jersey Lemon Lawyer.


SHOULD I FILE A NEW JERSEY LEMON LAW CASE WITH THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU (BBB)?
Founded in 1978, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) autoline program is a New Jersey vehicle warranty dispute resolution program.  Some New Jersey Lemon manufacturers are members of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) autoline program.   The Better Business Bureau (BBB) autoline program attempts to resolve some but not all types of New Jersey Lemon Law disputes and New Jersey vehicle warranty disputes.  Many New Jersey vehicle warranty disputes do not qualify for participation in the Better Business Bureau (BBB) autoline program.  The Better Business Bureau (BBB) autoline program’s proceedings are governed by many different Better Business Bureau (BBB) autoline rules and involve telephone conferences facilitated by Better Business Bureau (BBB) autoline staff and Better Business Bureau arbitrations of disputes not resolved by agreement.   When pursuing Better Business Bureau (BBB) autoline claims, New Jersey consumers are entitled to be represented by a New Jersey Lemon Lawyer.   People representing themselves in Better Business Bureau arbitrations often fail to win their Better Business Bureau arbitration.   The Better Business Bureau arbitration process is very difficult for New Jersey Lemon buyers to win.   Indeed, quite often, the New Jersey Lemon buyer or New Jersey Lemon lessees who represent themselves before the Better Business Bureau arbitration process fail to prove their New Jersey Lemon Law case.   Even if you do win your Better Business Bureau arbitration process, many New Jersey Lemon buyers and New Jersey lemon lessees do not receive all the money they are entitled to under the New Jersey Lemon Law.  It is therefore very dangerous to represent yourself in the Better Business Bureau arbitration process.   Further, under the Better Business Bureau arbitration process, many New Jersey Lemon buyers and New Jersey lemon lessees who are entitled to New Jersey Lemon Law attorney’s fee awards under the New Jersey Lemon Law do not receive awards of New Jersey attorney’s fees.   Also, Under the New Jersey Lemon Law, if the New Jersey Lemon manufacturer participates in the Better Business Bureau arbitration process, the New Jersey Lemon buyer does not have to participate in it before filing a New Jersey Lemon Law case against the New Jersey Lemon manufacturer.  Even if the New Jersey Lemon buyer decides to participate in the Better Business Bureau arbitration process, if dissatisfied with the result, the New Jersey Lemon buyer may be able to file a New Jersey Lemon Law case against the New Jersey Lemon manufacturer in a New Jersey court.  However, if handled improperly, the Better Business Bureau arbitration process leads to many people who improperly handle the Better Business Bureau arbitration process wasting much time and effort that could be better spent proceeding with a New Jersey Lemon Law case.   Sometimes, New Jersey Lemon buyers give up important rights during the Better Business Bureau arbitration process or damage their New Jersey Lemon Law case.  


DO I HAVE TO START A NEW JERSEY LEMON LAW CASE WITH NEW JERSEY LEMON LAW ARBITRATION OR NEW JERSEY MEDIATION BEFORE FILING NEW JERSEY LEMON LAW CASE IN A NEW JERSEY COURT? 
Regardless of what The New Jersey Lemon manufacturer’s warranty says, usually New Jersey lemon buyers and New Jersey lemon lessees do not have to proceed to New Jersey Lemon Law arbitration or New Jersey mediation before filing New Jersey Lemon Law case against the New Jersey Lemon manufacturer.  Under the New Jersey Lemon Law, if the New Jersey Lemon manufacturer has its own dispute settlement program, New Jersey Lemon Law mediation program or New Jersey Lemon Law arbitration program, the New Jersey lemon buyer or New Jersey lemon lessee does not have to participate in the New Jersey Lemon Law mediation program or New Jersey Lemon Law arbitration program before filing New Jersey Lemon Law case.  Even if the New Jersey lemon buyer or New Jersey lemon lessee decides to participate in a New Jersey Lemon Law mediation program or New Jersey Lemon Law arbitration program, if they are dissatisfied with the New Jersey Lemon Law mediation program or New Jersey Lemon Law arbitration program result, the New Jersey lemon buyer or New Jersey lemon lessee may be able to file New Jersey Lemon Law case against the New Jersey Lemon manufacturer.  However before considering whether to begin New Jersey Lemon Law case or whether to begin any New Jersey Lemon Law mediation or New Jersey Lemon Law arbitration, you should speak to a New Jersey Lemon Lawyer to have them review your New Jersey Lemon Law case and to determine exactly how you should proceed. 


NEW JERSEY OWNERS AND THE NEW JERSEY LEMON MANUFACTURER VEHICLE LESSEES CALL NOW FOR A NO OBLIBATION PHONE CONSULTATION!
If you live in New Jersey and you bought a New Jersey Lemon car, the New Jersey Lemon truck, New Jersey recreational vehicle or New Jersey Lemon SUV in New Jersey, contact Paul DePetris today for a no obligation consultation about what he can do for you.   Call Mr. DePetris at 609-714-2020 or send an email to Mr. DePetris.


DOES THE LAW OFFICE OF PAUL DEPETRIS HAVE EXPERIENCE HANDLING NEW JERSEY LEMON LAW CASES?
Yes.  Paul DePetris has performed the following tasks:
represented New Jersey lemon car buyers and other automobile buyers and owners, new and used car dealers, banks and automotive lenders, boat buyers and owners, watercraft buyers and owners, marinas, junk yard dealers, home buyers, home sellers, home repair customers, home repair contractors, home inspectors, real estate brokers, real estate agents in New Jersey disputes.
appeared in New Jersey court in cases involving New Jersey Lemon Law disputes. 
won New Jersey Lemon Law cases.
settled New Jersey Lemon Law cases and cases, recovering hundreds of thousands of dollars in money and replacement vehicles for many clients.
worked on New Jersey Lemon Law cases and cases involving many types of automobiles, such as those manufactured by General Motors, Chrysler, Ford, Fleetwood, Winnebago, Honda, the New Jersey Lemon manufacturer, Hyundai, Kia, Nissan, Subaru, BMW, Porsche, Audi, Mercedes and Volkswagen.


NEED HELP WITH YOU NEW JERSEY LEMON LAW CASE?
Handling you New Jersey Lemon Law case wrong from the beginning may only cost you more money and time in the end!!  Do it right the first time by seeking legal advice from a New Jersey Lemon Lawyer!
Let an experienced New Jersey Lemon Lawyer help you with you New Jersey Lemon Law case.  Not all New Jersey cases require you to pay expensive legal fees to get legal help.  




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