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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 of the statutes, rules, codes, files or forms, that they lack typographical errors or that they have not changed, repealed or superseded by other federal or state law. This database may include laws that: (1) never became operable due to unmet conditions; (2) expired; (3) were repealed or amended; (4) were declared void by a court of law; (5) or are otherwise invalid. Do not rely upon the statutes, rules, codes, files or forms on this website for any purpose! Before taking any legal action, read all applicable federal and state source law and case law and consult with a New Jersey Lemon Lawyer for changes. Addresses, hours of operation and directions may change so be sure to check with the court in advance of mailing documents to court or going to any court!!! Some of the webpages on this site do not apply to all types of New Jersey cases, since there are different rules for different case types!

WHAT IS THE NEW JERSEY LEMON LAW?
Under the New Jersey Lemon Law, a "lemon" vehicle is one that exhibits a substantial problem or problems – one or more defects or conditions which substantially impairs the New Jersey lemon vehicle’s use, value or safety. New Jersey’s lawmakers decided that, since new New Jersey vehicles were expensive to buy and lease, the public should be protected from lemon vehicles by having a right to sue the manufacturers of lemon vehicles for a New Jersey Lemon Law refund of the New Jersey lemon vehicle’s purchase or lease price, less deductions for how many miles the defective vehicle had when the defect was first reported to the New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer or its authorized dealership and for wear and tear. To provide protections to certain vehicle owners, New Jersey's Lawmakers passed the New Jersey Lemon Law. Actually, there are 2 New Jersey Lemon Laws - one for new vehicles and one for used vehicles. These pages only discuss the New Jersey Lemon Law that applies to new vehicles; pages about the New Jersey Lemon Law that applies to used cars can be found elsewhere on this website (at the homepage). However, as discussed below, the New Jersey "New Car" Lemon Law may apply to certain used vehicles.

WHO MUST COMPLY WITH THE NEW JERSEY LEMON LAW?
The New Jersey Lemon Law’s penalties apply only against manufacturers -- persons engaged in the business of manufacturing, assembling or distributing motor vehicles, who will, under normal business conditions during the year, manufacture, assemble or distribute to dealers at least 10 new motor vehicles. The New Jersey Lemon Law’s penalties do not apply to dealers -- persons who actively engaged in the business of buying, selling or exchanging motor vehicles at retail and who have established places of business.

DO I QUALIFY FOR COVERAGE UNDER THE NEW JERSEY LEMON LAW?
To qualify for coverage under the New Jersey Lemon Law:

• The New Jersey lemon 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.

• The person seeking to apply the law must be a buyer or lessee, other than for purposes of resale or sublease, of such a vehicle or a person to whom the New Jersey lemon vehicle was transferred during the duration of a warranty applicable to the New Jersey lemon vehicle or any other person entitled by the warranty’s terms to enforce the warranty’s obligations.

These pages only discuss the New Jersey Lemon Law that applies to new vehicles; pages about the New Jersey Lemon Law that applies to used cars can be found elsewhere on this website (at the homepage).

DO NEW JERSEY BUSINESSES QUALIFY FOR COVERAGE UNDER THE NEW JERSEY LEMON LAW?
There is nothing in the New Jersey Lemon Law that forbids New Jersey businesses from seeking relief under the New Jersey Lemon Law. The issue is probably one that would require determination by a court. However, to qualify for relief, the New Jersey lemon vehicle must be a “passenger automobile” as defined above.

DOES MY VEHICLE HAVE TO BE “NEW” FOR ME TO QUALIFY FOR COVERAGE UNDER THE NEW JERSEY LEMON LAW?
There is nothing in the New Jersey Lemon Law that forbids used car owners from seeking relief under the New Jersey Lemon Law. For example, if a new vehicle is transferred to another owner or lessee during the first 24,000 miles or 2 years following its initial purchase, the New Jersey lemon vehicle’s subsequent owner or lessee is also covered under the Lemon Law for that time period. Thus, technically speaking, the New Jersey lemon vehicle does not have to be “new” and you do not have to be the New Jersey lemon vehicle’s first purchaser to be covered by the New Jersey Lemon Law. However, the New Jersey lemon vehicle’s problems must occur during the first 24,000 miles of its operation or during the first 2 years following its original delivery date to the first purchaser, whichever first happens.

WHAT HAPPENS IF THE LEMON VEHICLE IS TRANSFERRED DURING THE LEMON PERIOD?
If a new vehicle is transferred to another owner or lessee during the first 24,000 miles or 2 years following its initial purchase, the New Jersey lemon vehicle’s subsequent owner or lessee is also covered under the Lemon Law for that time period. Thus, technically speaking, the New Jersey lemon vehicle does not have to be “new” and you do not have to be the New Jersey lemon vehicle’s first purchaser to be covered by the New Jersey Lemon Law. However, the New Jersey lemon vehicle’s problems must occur during the first 24,000 miles of its operation or during the first 2 years following its original delivery date to the first purchaser, whichever first happens.

IS MY VEHICLE A LEMON UNDER THE NEW JERSEY LEMON LAW?
To find out if your New Jersey vehicle under the New Jersey Lemon Law is a New Jersey Lemon, your New Jersey vehicle must meet the following tests:

• During the first 24,000 miles of operation or 2 years following delivery, whichever comes first, the New Jersey lemon vehicle has a defect;

• The defect substantially impairs the New Jersey lemon vehicle’s use, value and/or safety, meaning the defect must not be of a trivial nature (which is subject to interpretation by a legal factfinder);

• During the first 24,000 miles of operation or 2 years following delivery, whichever comes first, the New Jersey Lemon buyer must notify the New Jersey lemon vehicle’s manufacturer or its dealer of the defect; and

• The New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer or its dealer is unable to repair or correct a defect within a reasonable time. One could argue that if a New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer or its dealer refuses to fix the defect in a reasonable time – such as where they are simply unwilling to attempt to even fix the New Jersey lemon vehicle, the New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer is also liable for violating the New Jersey Lemon Law.

WHAT IS THE NEW JERSEY LEMON LAW “PRESUMPTION”?
There is much talk on the internet about the New Jersey three times rule – some mistakenly believe that after three repairs are made to a New Jersey Lemon vehicle and the New Jersey lemon buyer sends a New Jersey Lemon Law final repair letter to the New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer, that the New Jersey vehicle is automatically considered a New Jersey Lemon by a New Jersey Court. That is false!!!!
A vehicle is presumed to be a “Lemon” if, within the first 24,000 miles of operation or during the period of two years following the date of original delivery of the New Jersey lemon vehicle to a New Jersey Lemon buyer, whichever is the earlier date:

• Substantially the same defect has been subject to repair three or more times by the New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer or its dealer (other than a defect likely to cause death or serious bodily injury if the New Jersey lemon vehicle is driven) and the defect continues to exist; or

• The New Jersey lemon vehicle is out of service by reason of repair for one or more defects for a cumulative total of 20 or more calendar days or in the case of a motorhome, for 45 or more calendar days, since the original delivery of the New Jersey lemon vehicle and a defect continues to exist; or

• A defect likely to cause death or serious bodily injury if the New Jersey lemon vehicle is driven has been subject to examination or repair at least once by the New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer or its dealer and the defect continues to exist; and

• The New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer receives written notification, by or on behalf of the New Jersey Lemon buyer, by certified mail return receipt requested, of a potential New Jersey Lemon Law claim and has had one opportunity to repair or correct the defect or condition within 10 calendar days following receipt of the notification. This notification must take place:

o any time after the New Jersey lemon vehicle has had substantially the same defect subject to repair two or more times, or has been out of service by reason of repair for a cumulative total of 20 or more calendar days;
o in the case of a motorhome, 45 or more calendar days; or

o for a defect which is likely to cause death or serious bodily injury if the New Jersey lemon vehicle is driven, the defect has been subject to examination or repair at least once by the New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer or its dealer, and the defect continues to exist.

The two-year term and the 20-day period or 45-day period for motorhomes for the New Jersey Lemon Law presumption is extended by any period of time during which repair services are not available to the New Jersey Lemon buyer because of a war, invasion or strike, or a fire, flood, or other natural disaster.

In the case of a motorhome where two or more New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturers contributed to the construction of the motorhome, it shall not be considered as any examination or repair attempt if the repair facility at which the New Jersey Lemon buyer presented the New Jersey lemon vehicle is not authorized by the New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer to provide service on that vehicle.

It shall be considered as one examination or repair attempt for a motorhome if the same defect is addressed more than once due to the New Jersey Lemon buyer's decision to continue traveling and to seek the repair of that same defect at another authorized repair facility, rather than wait for the repair to be completed at the initial authorized repair facility.

Days out of service for reason of repair for a motorhome shall be a cumulative total of 45 or more calendar days.

Your New Jersey Lemon Lawyer can prepare and forward the New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer the written notice required for the presumption to apply under the New Jersey Lemon Law. If the notice is completed improperly, the mistake could affect your chance to claim the presumption. However, meeting the presumption is not a requirement under the New Jersey Lemon Law. This means your vehicle does not necessarily have to be out of service for 20 or more days or undergo a certain number of repairs to qualify as a Lemon. Further, even compliance with the presumption’s written notice requirement does not assure that you shall win your case.

WHEN IS THE NEW JERSEY LEMON LAW EXCLUDED?
• The defect is the result of the buyer’s failing to maintain, abusing, neglecting, or performing unauthorized modifications or alterations to the New Jersey lemon vehicle.
• The defect does not substantially impair the New Jersey lemon vehicle’s use, value or safety.
• The New Jersey lemon vehicle is not a passenger vehicle, such as a bus or motorized bicycle.
• The New Jersey lemon vehicle’s defects involve a motor home’s living quarters.
• The New Jersey lemon vehicle was not purchased or leased new in New Jersey or is not registered in New Jersey.

WHAT MUST I DO UNDER THE NEW JERSEY LEMON LAW?
During the first 24,000 miles of operation or 2 years following delivery, whichever happens first, the New Jersey Lemon buyer must:

• Notify the New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer or its authorized dealership of the New Jersey lemon vehicle’s defects.

• If the New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer or its authorized dealership offers to make repairs to the New Jersey lemon vehicle, make arrangements to get the New Jersey lemon vehicle fixed by the New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer or its authorized dealer.

• If the New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer or its authorized dealerships are willing to make repair attempts to the New Jersey lemon vehicle, give the New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer or its authorized dealership a reasonable number of days or reasonable number of repair attempts to fix the New Jersey lemon vehicle.

• Properly maintain, store, use and care for the New Jersey lemon vehicle and avoid making unauthorized alterations or modifications to the New Jersey lemon vehicle that would void the New Jersey lemon vehicle’s warranty. It is best if you keep copies of all receipts for repairs or maintenance performed to the New Jersey lemon vehicle.

If you sue a New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer for relief under the New Jersey Lemon Law, within 10 days after filing the initial pleading with the court containing the New Jersey Lemon Law claim, counterclaim or defense, mail a copy of the initial or responsive pleading to the New Jersey Lemon Lawyer General.

WHAT MUST THE NEW JERSEY LEMON VEHICLE MANUFACTURER DO UNDER THE NEW JERSEY LEMON LAW?
• At the time of purchase in the State of New Jersey, the New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer through its dealer, or at the time of lease in the State of New Jersey, the lessor, must provide directly to the New Jersey Lemon buyer:
o a written statement;
o that complies with the Division of New Jersey Lemon buyer Affairs regulations relating to the Lemon Law;
o presented in a conspicuous and understandable manner;
o on a separate piece of paper;
o printed in both the English and Spanish languages;
o providing information concerning a New Jersey Lemon buyer's rights and remedies under the Lemon Law, including but not be limited to, a summary concerning:
 the miles of operation of a motor vehicle and time period within which the New Jersey Lemon buyer may report a nonconformity and seek remedies;
 a New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer's obligations to a New Jersey Lemon buyer based upon the New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer's or its dealer's inability to repair or correct a nonconformity; and
 any other New Jersey Lemon Law provisions that the director deems appropriate.

• During the first 24,000 miles of operation or 2 years following delivery, whichever happens first, the New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer make arrangements to fix the New Jersey lemon vehicle’s defects or to have its authorized dealership fix it.

• If covered by the New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer’s warranty, pay for repairs made to correct a vehicle’s defects during the New Jersey lemon vehicle’s first 12,000 miles of operation or first year following the date of the New Jersey lemon vehicle’s original delivery to the New Jersey Lemon buyer.

• After each examination or repair attempt performed under the New Jersey Lemon Law, the New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer or its authorized dealership must give the buyer a repair invoice reflecting the repairs made or attempted on the New Jersey lemon vehicle. The invoice must include the following information:
o any diagnosis made;
o all work performed on the New Jersey lemon vehicle;
o a general description of the problem reported by the New Jersey Lemon buyer or an identification of the problem reported by the New Jersey Lemon buyer or an identification of the defect or condition;
o the amount charged for parts and the amount charged for labor, if paid for by the New Jersey Lemon buyer;
o the date and the odometer reading when the New Jersey lemon vehicle was submitted for repair; and
o the date and odometer reading when the New Jersey lemon vehicle was made available to the New Jersey Lemon buyer.

• If unable to fix the New Jersey lemon vehicle in a reasonable period of time, the New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer must accept the return of the New Jersey lemon vehicle from the buyer and provide the buyer with a full New Jersey Lemon Law refund, less a deduction for the New Jersey lemon vehicle’s mileage when the buyer first reported the New Jersey lemon vehicle’s defects to the New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer or its authorized dealer. Instead of offering a New Jersey Lemon Law refund, the New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer may offer the buyer a replacement vehicle. However, the buyer does not have to accept a replacement vehicle instead of a New Jersey Lemon Law refund.

• If a vehicle is returned to the New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer under the New Jersey Lemon Law or under a similar law or as a result of a legal action or an informal dispute settlement procedure and if the New Jersey lemon vehicle is resold or released in New Jersey:

o the New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer must provide (through the selling dealer or lessor) a written statement on a separate piece of paper in 10 point bold face type stating: “IMPORTANT: THIS VEHICLE WAS RETURNED TO THE MANUFACTURER BECAUSE IT DID NOT CONFORM TO THE MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY AND THE NONCONFORMITY WAS NOT CORRECTED WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME AS PROVIDED BY LAW;” and
o The New Jersey dealer or lessor obtains from the New Jersey Lemon buyer a signed receipt in a form approved by the New Jersey Division of New Jersey Lemon buyer Affairs certifying, in a conspicuous and understandable manner, that the written statement required under the New Jersey Lemon Law has been provided. The New Jersey dealer or lessor may fulfill his obligation to obtain a signed receipt under this paragraph by making such a notation, in a conspicuous and understandable manner, on the New Jersey lemon vehicle buyer order form accompanying the sale or lease of that vehicle; and
o The New Jersey dealer or lessor, in accordance with the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Code, , notifies the Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles in the Department of Law and Public Safety of the sale or transfer of ownership of the motor vehicle.

• The New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer must certify to the New Jersey Division of New Jersey Lemon buyer Affairs, within 1 year of discovery, any inherent design defect common to all vehicles of a particular make or model.

• The New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer must provide the New Jersey Division of New Jersey Lemon buyer Affairs information on the New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer’s private New Jersey Lemon Law arbitration or private buyback programs.

HOW DO I GET A NEW JERSEY LEMON LAW REFUND?
There is no “magical” New Jersey Lemon Law fairy that gives out New Jersey Lemon Law refunds or replacement vehicles to all deserving New Jersey Lemon buyers. The New Jersey Lemon Law does not enforce itself. If the New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer or its authorized dealer is unable or unwilling to fix the New Jersey lemon vehicle within a reasonable period of time, the buyer can file a lawsuit against the New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer in the Superior Court of New Jersey. If the buyer wins the lawsuit, the buyer can recover money damages and reasonable attorney's fees, expert witness fees, certain repair and vehicle rental costs and certain court costs, including the fees for filing the lawsuit. There is also an administrative legal process that the New Jersey Lemon buyer can use instead of filing the lawsuit. However, there may be dangers to using the administrative legal process, since by using it instead of a lawsuit, a New Jersey Lemon buyer may not be able to get all the relief that may be due them under all the laws applicable to defective vehicles.

SHOULD I FILE A CLAIM WITH THE NEW JERSEY LEMON LAW UNIT?
The New Jersey Division of New Jersey Lemon buyer Affairs established a New Jersey Lemon Law Unit for the handling of New Jersey Lemon Law claims. You are not required to file a claim with the New Jersey Lemon Law Unit. If you file a claim with the New Jersey Lemon Law Unit, you do not receive a trial by jury. However, if you or your New Jersey Lemon Lawyer file a civil complaint in the Superior Court of New Jersey and properly demand a jury and your case is not dismissed before the jury decides the claim, a jury of your peers decides whether you win or lose your case. Under New Jersey Law, if citizens have a valid case, they have a right to have their civil complaint decided by a jury. A New Jersey Lemon Law Unit claim is decided by a single administrative law judge instead of by a jury of your peers. Who would you rather have decide your case? A judge without a jury or a judge with a jury of your peers? Another disadvantage to the New Jersey Lemon Law Unit is that, while you may have more than one claim against the New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer (and thus multiple ways of recovering damages), you may bring only one type of claim against the New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer in the New Jersey Lemon Law Unit proceeding. Usually, people 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 people 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 vehicle. If you attempt to handle a claim by yourself through the New Jersey Lemon Law Unit, you may lose your claim by failing to follow the required procedures or by failing to present sufficient proofs at any hearing or by failing to pursue rights under laws other than the New Jersey Lemon Law. Usually New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturers are represented by attorneys who are more familiar than you with such claims and quite often, New Jersey Lemon buyers who represent themselves before the New Jersey Lemon Law Unit fail to prove their claim.

DO I HAVE TO START A NEW JERSEY LEMON LAW CLAIM WITH NEW JERSEY LEMON LAW ARBITRATION OR NEW JERSEY LEMON LAW MEDIATION BEFORE FILING A LAWSUIT?
Regardless of what the New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer’s warranty says, usually, people do not have to proceed to New Jersey Lemon Law arbitration or New Jersey Lemon Law mediation before filing a lawsuit against a New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer under the New Jersey Lemon Law. Under the New Jersey Lemon Law, if the New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer has its own dispute settlement or New Jersey Lemon Law arbitration program, the buyer does not have to participate in it before filing a lawsuit against the New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer. Even if the buyer decides to participate in such a program, if dissatisfied with the result, the buyer may be able to file a lawsuit against the New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer. However, by deciding to proceed with an New Jersey Lemon Law arbitration process before filing a lawsuit, many people waste much time and effort that could be better spent proceeding with a lawsuit. Often, Lemon Law dispute resolution programs increase rather than decrease the time it takes to resolve a case. There are some exceptions, such as if you signed an New Jersey Lemon Law arbitration agreement. However before considering whether to begin a lawsuit 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 claim and to determine exactly how you should proceed. New Jersey Lemon Law arbitration and New Jersey Lemon Law mediation can slow down the time it takes to get a New Jersey Lemon Law refund. Also, many New Jersey Lemon vehicle buyers hurt their chances of recovering a New Jersey Lemon Law refund by trying to handle a New Jersey Lemon Law mediation or New Jersey Lemon Law arbitration themselves. If you handle a New Jersey Lemon Law mediation or New Jersey Lemon Law arbitration without a New Jersey Lemon Lawyer, you will be at a severe disadvantage, since the New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer is used to handing New Jersey Lemon Law arbitrations and New Jersey Lemon Law mediations and the New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer is under no obligation to help you with your New Jersey Lemon Law mediation or New Jersey Lemon Law arbitration!!

HOW DO I PROVE MY CASE UNDER THE NEW JERSEY LEMON LAW?
As soon as you notice that your New Jersey Lemon vehicle has a defect, you must:

• Report the defect to the New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer or its authorized dealership immediately;

• Arrange for the New Jersey lemon vehicle to be repaired by the New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer or its authorized dealership; and

• When you get your vehicle repaired, before leaving the New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer’s dealership, ask for a repair invoice listing what was done to your vehicle or what the New Jersey dealer found or failed to find.

• If you file a lawsuit, within 10 days of doing so, provide a copy to the New Jersey Lemon Lawyer General. Your New Jersey Lemon Lawyer can do this task for you.

• Properly maintain, store, use and care for the New Jersey lemon vehicle and avoid making unauthorized alterations or modifications to the New Jersey lemon vehicle that would void the New Jersey lemon vehicle’s warranty. It is best if you keep copies of all receipts for repairs or maintenance performed to the New Jersey lemon vehicle.

Assuming your vehicle qualifies as one covered under the New Jersey Lemon Law, you shall lose your case if the New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer proves one of the following:

• The New Jersey lemon vehicle has no defects that substantially impair its use, value or safety.
• The New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer or its dealerships successfully repaired the New Jersey lemon vehicle’s defects within a reasonable period of time.
• The New Jersey lemon vehicle’s defects are the result of the buyer’s abusing, neglecting, modifying or altering the New Jersey lemon vehicle.

SHOULD I TRY TO HANDLE MY CASE WITHOUT A NEW JERSEY LEMON LAWYER?
Since legal proceedings can be very complex, since all or most New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturers use attorneys to defend New Jersey Lemon Law cases and since the New Jersey Lemon Law permits successful claimants to recover reasonable attorney’s fees and court costs from the New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer, there is little benefit to a New Jersey Lemon buyer trying to handle a Lemon Law case without being represented by a New Jersey Lemon Lawyer. Indeed, it is often quite easy for New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturers’ attorneys to defeat New Jersey Lemon buyers who try to handle New Jersey Lemon Law cases without a New Jersey Lemon Lawyer. Also, if you try to represent yourself, you may fail to take an important step (miss a deadline, fail to complete crucial paperwork, etc.) and jeopardize your case.

SHOULD I WAIT TO SEE IF THE NEW JERSEY LEMON VEHICLE IS FIXED?
If your vehicle has been at the New Jersey Lemon vehicle 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 claim. 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 stat the process), the longer you shall likely have to wait to conclude your case. Delay could hurt your New Jersey Lemon Law case.

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

WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF I DO NOTHING?
If you have a valid New Jersey Lemon Law claim and you do nothing to enforce your rights, you shall be stuck with your defective vehicle and the seller, New Jersey Lemon vehicle 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 manufacturers of Lemon vehicles, it is always best to seriously consider making a claim under the New Jersey Lemon Law before it is too late to do so. It can be very dangerous to read websites and conclude that a particular claim does or does not equal a valid New Jersey Lemon Law claim. Do not try to interpret the law by reading a website!

WHAT IF THE NEW JERSEY DEALER OR NEW JERSEY LEMON VEHICLE MANUFACTURER SAYS I DON’T HAVE A NEW JERSEY LEMON LAW CASE?
Ignore them and seek competent legal advice. 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 claim. 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 claim. Do not try to interpret the law by reading a website! However, even if the facts of your case do not fit the requirements of the Lemon Law, you may be entitled to sue the New Jersey Lemon vehicle manufacturer or its selling dealer for a breach of your warranties under other state and federal laws.

HIRE AN EXPERIENCED NEW JERSEY LEMON LAWYER TO HANDLE YOUR NEW JERSEY LEMON LAW CASE
Paul DePetris has extensive experience handling New Jersey Lemon Law cases. Mr. DePetris performed the following tasks:
• represented New Jersey Lemon buyers, automobile purchasers and owners, new and used car dealers, banks and automotive lenders, boat purchasers and owners, watercraft purchasers 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 court in cases involving New Jersey Lemon Law disputes.
• mediated, arbitrated and tried New Jersey Lemon Law cases.
• settled New Jersey Lemon Law claims and cases, recovering hundreds of thousands of dollars in money and replacement vehicles for many clients.
• worked on New Jersey Lemon Law claims and cases involving many types of automobiles, such as those manufactured by General Motors, Chrysler, Ford, Fleetwood, Winnebago, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Kia, Nissan, Subaru, BMW, Porsche, Audi, Mercedes and Volkswagen.

Mr. DePetris has handled claims and cases for clients living in Atlantic County, Bergen County, Burlington County, Camden County, Essex County, Gloucester County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Morris County, Ocean County and Somerset County.

Mr. DePetris is also the author of the following publications: New Jersey New Jersey Lemon buyer Fraud Act & Forms (New Jersey Law Journal Books, 2007); Learned Professionals, Licensed Semiprofessionals and the Lemon Law: The Origins of the Licensed Professionals’ Doctrine (New Jersey Lemon Lawyer, Oct. 2008); and Liability For New Jersey Lemon buyer Fraud In Real Estate Transactions (New Jersey Law Journal, March 18, 2009). Mr. DePetris also gives seminars on the New Jersey New Jersey Lemon buyer Fraud Act.

NEED HELP WITH NEW JERSEY LEMON LAW LAWSUIT?
Handling New Jersey Lemon Law Lawsuit 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 competent New Jersey lawyer!
Let the Law Office of Paul DePetris help you with New Jersey Lemon Law Lawsuit. Not all New Jersey cases require you to pay expensive legal fees to get legal help.

WHY SHOULD NEW JERSEY PRO SE PLAINTIFFS AND NEW JERSEY PRO SE DEFENDANTS SEEK HELP FROM A NEW JERSEY LAWYER?
Handling New Jersey Lemon Law Lawsuit 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 competent New Jersey lawyer!
Many New Jersey pro se plaintiffs and New Jersey pro se defendants make the mistake of not consulting a New Jersey lawyer before filing New Jersey Court papers only to later learn that the New Jersey pro se plaintiffs and New Jersey pro se defendants made serious mistakes that could cause them to lose their New Jersey case. Let the Law Office of Paul DePetris help you with New Jersey Lemon Law Lawsuit.

CAN I RELY ON NEW JERSEY COURT PERSONNEL FOR LEGAL ADVICE?
New Jersey Court employees cannot give you “free” legal advice and a New Jersey Court judge may refuse to let you claim that you were right in taking an action (or in deciding not to take action) because you relied on advice from such employees. Most New Jersey Court employees are not trained New Jersey attorneys and therefore, they may not know what advice to give you. Working at the New Jersey Court as a non-judge is not the same as practicing law.

CAN I RELY ON NEW JERSEY COURT FORMS PROVIDED BY THE NEW JERSEY COURT?
The New Jersey Court usually provides certain types of New Jersey Court legal forms to the public and those forms are often very helpful. However, beware relying on New Jersey Court forms provided by the New Jersey Court – the New Jersey Court forms are often deceptively simple, while New Jersey cases often are much more complex than they first appear to be. There is simply no substitute for a competent New Jersey attorney licensed to practice law in New Jersey who has experience handling New Jersey cases. New Jersey Court forms don’t talk and New Jersey Court forms and their directions rarely, if ever, cover every possible situation, set of facts or legal issue that may arise in a New Jersey case. Each New Jersey case has its own particular legal issues and therefore, its own challenges. If you can afford a competent New Jersey attorney, it is best to have the New Jersey attorney prepare your New Jersey Court paperwork for you.

CAN I HANDLE A NEW JERSEY CASE MYSELF?
Many New Jersey pro se plaintiffs and New Jersey pro se defendants can and do successfully handle New Jersey cases, from filing the first paperwork to the collection of a New Jersey Court judgment. However, many other New Jersey pro se plaintiffs and New Jersey pro se defendants also make mistakes that lead to the dismissal of their New Jersey cases or that result in the entry of a New Jersey Court money judgment against them. The greater the money at stake, the greater the reason to consider using the services of a competent attorney licensed to practice law in New Jersey to handle part or all of the New Jersey case. The following are reasons to use an attorney to handle part or all of New Jersey Lemon Law Lawsuit:
• New Jersey Court fees often change
• New Jersey Court rules often change
• New Jersey Court employees cannot give you “free” legal advice and a New Jersey Court judge may refuse to let you claim that you were right in taking an action (or in deciding not to take action) because you relied on advice from such employees
• New Jersey Court forms available on websites may not cover every situation you may face in Court
• each New Jersey case has its own particular legal issues and therefore, its own challenges
• it is very common for New Jersey pro se plaintiffs and New Jersey pro se defendants to file inadequate or incorrect New Jersey Court complaints that result in the New Jersey Court complaints or answers to New Jersey Court complaints being rejected by the New Jersey Court or being dismissed by the New Jersey Court after filing and before or after trial because of procedural deficiencies.
• it is not uncommon for judges to get very frustrated by an unrepresented party’s lack of preparation or ignorance of the facts or law of the New Jersey case.
• a Court has the power to punish unprepared New Jersey plaintiffs and New Jersey defendants, such as by throwing their New Jersey case out of Court or limiting what they can present at the New Jersey Court trial.
• New Jersey has many published cases, laws, regulations, Court rules and rules of evidence that can be very tricky to understand and that can be used to prevent you from doing much of what you want to do at the New Jersey Court trial.
• it is very common for Courts to refuse to allow a party to use or refer to documents or items at the New Jersey Court trial that the person themselves never prepared. Often New Jersey plaintiffs and New Jersey defendants stumble into New Jersey Court with a video, photograph, bill or affidavit or other form of written statement, thinking they are going to use it as proof that they lost money or that they are not responsible for someone else’s damages, only to have a New Jersey Court judge tell the New Jersey plaintiffs and New Jersey defendants that it is not going to even consider such items or documents.
• without the proper preparation, items and documents may never be considered by the New Jersey Court. Also, if there are any legal issues to be dealt with at the New Jersey Court trial, you must be prepared to argue them, which may require you to refer to Court rules, evidence rules, laws, regulations or published cases.
• you cannot show up at the New Jersey Court expecting the judge hearing New Jersey Lemon Law Lawsuit to explain Court rules, evidence rules, Court procedure or the details of the law that applies to New Jersey Lemon Law Lawsuit. The judge hearing New Jersey Lemon Law Lawsuit is not permitted to give you legal advice.

It is important to remember that even if you have an attorney, you could lose New Jersey Lemon Law Lawsuit. Hiring an attorney to handle part or all of New Jersey Lemon Law Lawsuit does not guarantee your success. However, it may provide what is needed to win New Jersey Lemon Law Lawsuit or to avoid certain mistakes.

DOES THE LAW OFFICE OF PAUL DEPETRIS HAVE EXPERIENCE HANDLING NEW JERSEY CASES?
Yes. Paul DePetris has performed the following tasks:
• handled New Jersey cases for plaintiffs and defendants across New Jersey, from Bergen County New Jersey to Cumberland County New Jersey, including representations of individuals, small businesses and large corporations.
• settled New Jersey cases for plaintiffs and defendants across New Jersey.
• reviewed many New Jersey Court settlement agreements.
• enforced many New Jersey Court settlement agreements.
• provided New Jersey pro se plaintiffs and New Jersey pro se defendants with New Jersey Court legal advice and prepared New Jersey Court legal forms
• prepared and filed many New Jersey Court complaints
• tried New Jersey Court jury trials
• mediated many New Jersey cases
• argued New Jersey Court motions
• handled New Jersey Court proof hearings
• handled New Jersey Court post judgment collection proceedings

Mr. DePetris has appeared before the Superior Court of New Jersey in the following counties:
• Atlantic County New Jersey Court
• Bergen County New Jersey Court
• Burlington County New Jersey Court
• Camden County New Jersey Court
• Cape May County New Jersey Court
• Cumberland County New Jersey Court
• Essex County New Jersey Court
• Gloucester County New Jersey Court
• Hudson County New Jersey Court
• Mercer County New Jersey Court
• Middlesex County New Jersey Court
• Monmouth County New Jersey Court
• Morris County New Jersey Court
• Ocean County New Jersey Court
• Passaic County New Jersey Court
• Salem County New Jersey Court
• Somerset County New Jersey Court
• Sussex County New Jersey Court
• Union County New Jersey Court
• Warren County New Jersey Court

IN WHAT NEW JERSEY COUNTIES WILL THE LAW OFFICE OF PAUL DEPETRIS HANDLE NEW JERSEY CASES?
The Law Office of Paul DePetris offers to handle and help individuals and businesses with New Jersey Court Claims cases in North, Central and Southern New Jersey, including cases in the following New Jersey counties:
• Atlantic County New Jersey Court
• Bergen County New Jersey Court
• Burlington County New Jersey Court
• Camden County New Jersey Court
• Cape May County New Jersey Court
• Cumberland County New Jersey Court
• Essex County New Jersey Court
• Gloucester County New Jersey Court
• Hudson County New Jersey Court
• Mercer County New Jersey Court
• Middlesex County New Jersey Court
• Monmouth County New Jersey Court
• Morris County New Jersey Court
• Ocean County New Jersey Court
• Passaic County New Jersey Court
• Salem County New Jersey Court
• Somerset County New Jersey Court
• Sussex County New Jersey Court
• Union County New Jersey Court
• Warren County New Jersey Court

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