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What is a New Jersey Lemon Under The New Jersey Lemon Law?

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WHAT IS A LEMON UNDER THE NEW JERSEY LEMON LAW?

RELIEF FOR NEW JERSEY LEMON BUYERS UNDER NEW JERSEY LEMON LAWS
Many New Jersey car buyers wonder what is a New Jersey Lemon under the New Jersey Lemon Law. A New Jersey Lemon under the New Jersey Lemon Law is a New Jersey car, New Jersey truck, New Jersey suv, New Jersey recreational vehicle or New Jersey motorcycle that exhibits a substantial problem or problems following one or more repair attempts made to it. For new vehicles, contrary to much misinformation spread amongst consumers, a New Jersey 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 New Jersey lemon. New Jersey’s lawmakers decided that, since new car, New Jersey lemon truck, New Jersey lemon suv, New Jersey lemon recreational vehicle or New Jersey lemon motorcycles were expensive to buy and lease the public should be protected from new lemon car, New Jersey lemon truck, New Jersey lemon suv, New Jersey lemon recreational vehicle or New Jersey lemon motorcycles by having a right to sue the manufacturers of new lemon car, New Jersey lemon truck, New Jersey lemon suv, New Jersey lemon recreational vehicle or New Jersey lemon motorcycles for a refund of the car, New Jersey lemon truck, New Jersey lemon suv, New Jersey lemon recreational vehicle or New Jersey lemon motorcycle’s purchase or lease price, less deductions for how many miles the defective vehicle had when the defect was first reported to the manufacturer or its authorized dealership and for wear and tear. Also since many New Jersey used car dealers committed fraud when selling used cars, New Jersey’s lawmakers decided that the public should be protected from used lemon car, New Jersey lemon truck, New Jersey lemon suv, New Jersey lemon recreational vehicle or New Jersey lemon motorcycles by having a right to sue New Jersey used car dealers who sold used lemon car, New Jersey lemon truck, New Jersey lemon suv, New Jersey lemon recreational vehicle or New Jersey lemon motorcycles.

WHAT IS A NEW JERSEY LEMON CAR, NEW JERSEY LEMON TRUCK, NEW JERSEY LEMON SUV, NEW JERSEY LEMON RECREATIONAL VEHICLE OR NEW JERSEY LEMON MOTORCYCLE UNDER THE NEW JERSEY LEMON LAW?
To understand what is a New Jersey Lemon under the New Jersey Lemon Law, you must familiarize yourself with the requirements for a New Jersey Lemon under the New Jersey Lemon Law. The New Jersey Lemon Law applies to the following Car, New Jersey lemon truck, New Jersey lemon suv, New Jersey lemon recreational vehicle or New Jersey lemon motorcycles:
• a passenger car, New Jersey lemon truck, New Jersey lemon suv, New Jersey lemon recreational vehicle or New Jersey lemon motorcycle
• a passenger motorcycle
• motor homes, except their living facilities, which are excluded from the New Jersey Lemon Law
• purchased or leased in the State of New Jersey or which is registered by the Division of Motor Vehicles in the Department of Law and Public Safety
• purchased or leased by a buyer or lessee, other than for purposes of resale or sublease or transferred to someone during the duration of a warranty applicable to the motor vehicle or operated by any other person entitled by the terms of the car, New Jersey lemon truck, New Jersey lemon suv, New Jersey lemon recreational vehicle or New Jersey lemon motorcycle’s warranty to enforce the obligations of the car, New Jersey lemon truck, New Jersey lemon suv, New Jersey lemon recreational vehicle or New Jersey lemon motorcycle’s warranty.

New Jersey lemon cars, New Jersey lemon trucks, New Jersey lemon suvs, New Jersey lemon recreational vehicles or New Jersey lemon motorcycles covered under the New Jersey Lemon Law are lemons if:
• a manufacturer or its dealer
• is unable to repair or correct a defect or condition
• which substantially impairs the use, value or safety of such a motor vehicle
• within a reasonable time and during the vehicle’s first 24,000 miles of operation or during the period of two years following the date of original delivery of the motor vehicle to a consumer, whichever happens first.

WHAT IS A NEW JERSEY LEMON CAR, NEW JERSEY LEMON TRUCK OR NEW JERSEY LEMON SUV UNDER THE NEW JERSEY USED CAR LEMON LAW?
Many New Jersey car buyers wonder what is a New Jersey Lemon under the New Jersey Used Car Lemon Law. The New Jersey Used Car Lemon Law applies to New Jersey lemon cars, New Jersey lemon trucks and New Jersey lemon suvs which are:
• sold by a person selling or offering for sale the New Jersey lemon car, New Jersey lemon truck or New Jersey lemon suv selling or offering for sale 3 or more used motor vehicles in the previous 12 month period or a lessor who is a dealer and who sells or offers for sale a used passenger motor vehicle, subject to a motor vehicle lease agreement which was in effect for more than 90 days, to a consumer who is not the lessee, or a family member or employee of the lessee upon the termination of the lease agreement.
• not purchased for the purpose of resale.
• the subject of a “sale” (the transfer of title of a used vehicle from the owner-seller to the purchaser-consumer) and not one where the owner-seller obtained title to or was granted the right to sell a used vehicle by operation of law.
• not sold by a public entity or unit of the government.
• the type normally used for personal, family or household purposes
• passenger motor vehicles and are not motorcycles, motor homes or off road vehicles.
• transferred from the person who first acquired it from the manufacturer or dealer and so used as to become what is commonly known as “secondhand” within the ordinary meaning thereof.
• purchased for over $3,000.
• less than 7 model years old at time of sale.
• never declared a total loss by an insurance company.
• not equipped with an odometer that registered over 100,000 miles at time of sale.
• not the subject of a written waiver of the buyer’s right to a warranty from the selling dealer (if the vehicle had over 60,000 miles).

New Jersey used cars, New Jersey used trucks and New Jersey used suvs covered under the New Jersey Used Car Lemon Law are New Jersey lemons if:
• during the New Jersey lemon car, New Jersey lemon truck or New Jersey lemon suv’s warranty period, which is defined as follows:
 if the used motor vehicle has 24,000 miles or less, the warranty shall be, at a minimum, 90 days or 3,000 miles, whichever comes first;
 if the used motor vehicle has more than 24,000 miles but less than 60,000 miles, the warranty shall be, at a minimum, 60 days or 2,000 miles, whichever comes first; or
 If the used motor vehicle has 60,000 miles or more, the warranty shall be, at a minimum, 30 days or 1,000 miles, whichever comes first, except that a consumer may waive his right to a warranty as provided under section 7 of this New Jersey Lemon Law.
• and after a reasonable opportunity to repair the used New Jersey lemon car, New Jersey lemon truck or New Jersey lemon suv, meaning that:
 the used New Jersey lemon car, New Jersey lemon truck or New Jersey lemon suv is delivered to the New Jersey used car dealer, at his regular place of business, and subject to a deductible amount of $50 to be paid by the New Jersey lemon car, New Jersey lemon truck or New Jersey lemon suv buyer for each repair of a covered item
• the New Jersey used car dealer or his agent fails to correct
• a material defect of the used motor vehicle, with “material defect” being defined as:
 a malfunction of a used motor vehicle
 subject to the New Jersey lemon car, New Jersey lemon truck or New Jersey lemon suv’s warranty
 which substantially impairs the New Jersey lemon car, New Jersey lemon truck or New Jersey lemon suv’s use, value or safety
• And the New Jersey lemon car, New Jersey lemon truck or New Jersey lemon suv’s defect is not the result of any of the following:
 abuse, improper maintenance, neglect, modification or alteration of the vehicle or collision caused by someone other than the dealer.
 damage of a covered item caused by of any commercial use of the vehicle.
 damage of a covered item caused by operation of the vehicle without proper lubrication or coolant

Under the New Jersey Used Car Lemon Law, to be a New Jersey lemon, the New Jersey lemon car, New Jersey lemon truck or New Jersey lemon suv’s defect must be a defect in one of the following components of the New Jersey lemon car, New Jersey lemon truck or New Jersey lemon suv:

• Engine: all internal lubricated parts, timing chains, gears and cover, timing belt, pulleys and cover, oil pump and gears, water pump, valve covers, oil pan, manifolds, flywheel, harmonic balancer, engine mounts, seals and gaskets, and turbo-charger housing. Note that housing, engine blocks and cylinder heads are covered only if damaged by failure of an internal lubricated part.
• Transmission Automatic/Transfer Case: all internal lubricated parts, torque converter, vacuum modulator, transmission mounts, seals and gaskets.
• Transmission Manual/Transfer Case: all internal lubricated parts, transmission mounts, seals and gaskets, but excluding a manual clutch, pressure plate, throw-out bearings, clutch master or slave cylinders.
• Front-Wheel Drive: all internal lubricated parts, axle shafts, constant velocity joints, front hub bearings, seals and gaskets.
• Rear-Wheel Drive: all internal lubricated parts, propeller shafts, supports and U-joints, axle shafts and bearings, seals and gaskets.
• Possibly any other component (if any) specifically covered by the New Jersey used car dealer’s warranty for the New Jersey lemon car, New Jersey lemon truck or New Jersey lemon suv.

WHAT IF I THINK MY FACTS DO NOT FIT THE LEMON LAW?
You should always speak with an attorney 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 New Jersey Lemon Law or New Jersey Used Car Lemon Law, you may be entitled to sue the manufacturer or its selling dealer for a breach of your warranties under other state and federal laws. If the dealer or manufacturer breached the warranties that came with your car, New Jersey lemon truck, New Jersey lemon suv, New Jersey lemon recreational vehicle or New Jersey lemon motorcycle, you may be able to recover money damages, attorney’s fees and court costs.

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 Lemon 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 LEMON 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 Lemon Lawyer!
Many New Jersey pro se plaintiffs and New Jersey pro se defendants make the mistake of not consulting a New Jersey Lemon 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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