Maybe, if you bought it new. Every state has its own Lemon Law and whether your vehicle is a lemon depends on your law and the facts of your case. Most state laws only cover vehicles bought or leased new but some cover used ones too. New Jersey’s lemon law defines a lemon vehicle as one that had 3 unsuccessful repairs or 20 calendar days out of service within the shorter of 2 years or 18,000 miles. Leased vehicles are covered too. You can read an outline of your state's Lemon Law on this web page here: http://ohiolemonlaw.com/state-lemon-law-summaries.htm. There is also a federal lemon law that covers almost all consumer purchases and it can help you too; it's called the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act. Some state lemon laws only cover vehicles purchased new and other state laws (like Ohio) can cover used or new, so you have to read your state's particular law to know what your legal rights are. Generally, all state Lemon Laws require that you return the vehicle to the manufacturer's dealer for repair attempts for the same defect before you can claim it is a lemon, although there are other definitions of what a lemon can be. If you do have a lemon, then you probably have the right to chose between getting your money back or getting a replacement vehicle and you can make the manufacturer pay your attorney fees too. If you’ve got a lemon, then you need to talk to a local Lemon Law attorney. You can go to this web site page for a Free Online 50 State National List of Consumer Law Lawyers (http://ohiolemonlaw.com/locate-a-local-attorney.shtml) and find one near you (lawyers don’t pay to get listed here and most of them are members of the only national association for Consumer Law lawyers, NACA.net). But act quickly because for every legal right you have, there is only a limited amount of time to actually file a lawsuit in court or your rights expire (it's called the statute of limitations), so don't waste your time getting to a Lemon Law attorney and finding out what your rights are. If this answer was helpful, please give a “Vote UP” review below. And be sure to indicate the best answer to your question so we can all be sure we are being helpful. Thanks for asking and Good Luck. Ron Burdge, www.USLemonLawyers.com
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You may have a lemon law claim, depending on the purchase date and the mileage of the car, which is not in the information you provided. Even if you do not have a lemon law claim, you probably have a claim under the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act, a federal statute under which you can receive money from the manufacturer. It is important that you return to the dealership to get the invoice for the third repair. I would recommend getting in touch with an experienced New Jersey lemon law attorney. Our firm's New Jersey lawyers provide lemon law and warranty help at no cost to consumers. If interested, please go to http://www.lemonlaw.com/nj-lemon-law.html or call Michael Sacks at 1-800-536-6652 extension 131.
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Your question calls for legal advice. Check with a New Jersey lawyer. Many of us offer consultations at little to no charge.
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Contact a lemon law attorney for a free evaluation of your potential claim. If you bought the car in New Jersey - the lemon laws protect purchasers of new and used cars during certain time frames.
Just because the dealer is saying the car is fixed doesn't mean that is the case. A lemon law attorney can have a mechanic look at the vehicle in order to get that important second opinion and see what is really going on with this car. Keep all of your records and documents so that you can provide copies for the attorney to review.
In NJ, we have the Consumer Fraud Act which protects consumers under a variety of situations involving merchants - car sales being one such area.
Based on the facts presented here, it's not clear that you have a claim, but it is certainly possible that you do have a claim. Several questions need to be answered, including:
1. Is the car is new or used?
2. If it's used, was it purchased from the dealer who is repairing it, or another party?
3. If used, what sort of warranty came with the vehicle?
4. When was the car purchased?
You should contact an attorney who handles consumer fraud actions to assist you in answering these questions and reviewing your documentation. Only after a careful and thorough review of the file can a determination as to whether you may utilize the NJCFA be made.
Best of luck, and feel free to contact my office for a consultation or referral.
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