What Is The Lemon Law And How Does It Work?
New Hampshire`s Lemon Law (RSA 357D) applies only to new vehicles purchased from New Hampshire dealerships. New Hampshire consumers who find themselves with a defective new vehicle which the dealer has been unable to repair may turn to the Motor Vehicle Arbitration Board (MVAB). The MVAB will decide whether the motor vehicle is so impaired by its defect that the manufacturer should take the vehicle back. The MVAB, a fiveperson panel of consumers, auto dealers and certified mechanics, has been in existence since January 1, 1992. The MVAB reviews consumer complaints about defective vehicles and holds evidentiary hearings which typically include inspecting and/or test driving the vehicle. If a majority of the panel members find that the vehicle is substantially impaired due to defects covered by the manufacturer`s warranty, the board will order the manufacturer to either buy the lemon back from the consumer or, at the consumer`s option, trade the lemon for another vehicle of equal value. The MVAB can also award damages which can include license and registration fees as well as the finance charges (interest) for the loan to purchase the defective vehicle. Either the consumer or manufacturer can appeal MVAB decisions to the Superior Court.
The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.
Additional Lemon Law Articles
- What Vehicles Are Covered Under The Lemon Law?
- Under What Conditions Is A Vehicle Considered A Lemon?
- How Do I Qualify For Arbitration Under The Lemon Law?
- How Does The Manufacturers' Warranty Factor Into The Lemon Law Equation?
- Who Can I Contact If I Have A Problem?