New Jersey Lemon Law

The Basics:

When does a vehicle qualify?

  • 3 unsuccessful repair attempts of the defect, 1 unsuccessful repair attempt of a serious safety defect likely to cause death or serious bodily injury, or the vehicle is out of service for 20 calendar days within the shorter of 2 years or 24,000 miles from purchase.

Required actions and Timeline:The owner must send notice to the manufacturer by certified mail and request a return receipt. The manufacturer has 10 days following the receipt to make a final repair attempt. The owner may notify the manufacturer at any time after the second repair attempt or after the first repair attempt in the case of a serious safety defect.

Note: Law specifically applies to leased vehicles.

Read New Jersey’s Lemon Law Statute.

See how well New Jersey’s Lemon Law stacks up against other states in the Center for Auto Safety’s Lemon Law Rankings.

For a look at the strengths or weaknesses of your state lemon law, see the Center for Auto Safety Letter to New Jersey Attorney General on Lemon Law Rank & Effectiveness.


More Helpful Information:

The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Lemon Law Unit.

The New Jersey Lemon Law Unit: Comprehensive New and Used Car Lemon Packet.