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What is the Lemon Law?

Lemon laws protect consumers who purchase new vehicles that are defective. These laws are intended to prevent car dealerships from defrauding consumers and to allow consumers to recoup their money if they are sold a defective car.

What is a Lemon?

A lemon is any motor vehicle that has a defect, or combination of defects, that substantially impairs the use, value, or safety of the new vehicle and which is not repaired within a reasonable number of attempts as defined by state law. If you purchased a lemon, you may be entitled to use the lemon laws to obtain a new vehicle or full refund purchase price.

What types of products are covered by the Lemon Law statute?

Pennsylvania and New Jersey law covers all motor vehicles used primarily for personal use under the lemon law statutes.

What if I bought a used vehicle?

If your used vehicle has any type of warranty, or if it was purchased as a “certified pre-owned” vehicle, you may be entitled to financial compensation for breach of warranty.

Do leased vehicles fall under the Lemon Law?

Yes, both Pennsylvania and New Jersey lemon laws cover leased vehicles; however, Pennsylvania law only covers vehicles leased after February 10, 2002.

What if I start having problems after the expiration of the Lemon Law time or mileage?

You may still be entitled to compensation for any defect in the vehicle under the state consumer protection laws or the Universal Commercial Code. For more information, please visit our Consumer Protection page at If you think you might have a defective car, contact the Law Office of Michael F. Niznik today at 267-589-0601.

Who pays for the lawyer in these cases?

Our office does not charge any money to represent clients in these types of cases. The lemon law statute provides for the payment of all attorney fees and costs if the plaintiff prevails. That means that the vehicle owner does not pay any money to our firm to handle the case. Instead, the attorney fees are paid by the dealership or the dealership’s insurance company through settlement or court order.

If you or someone you know is having trouble with a vehicle that they purchased, contact the Law Office of Michael F. Niznik for a free consultation. We maintain two offices for your convenience and can be reached 24/7 at 267-589-0601.

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