What Vehicles Are Covered Under The Lemon Law?

New Hampshire`s Lemon Law applies only to new motor vehicles, described in the statute as vehicles still under manufacturer`s original warranty. Low mileage used cars may, under some circumstances, qualify for arbitration and relief under the lemon law for defects in systems covered by a warranty. Older used cars, which are out of warranty when purchased do not generally fall within the protection of the New Hampshire Lemon Law.

The following table summarizes what is covered, how many times the vehicle has to be repaired for the same defect and the warranty period.

Vehicles CoveredRepair Interval and Coverage Period
Any 4­wheel motor vehicle with a gross weight not exceeding 9,000 pounds. Also includes off highway recreational vehicles, mopeds and motorcycles.3 repair attempts or 30 business days out of service
Warranty period *plus* 1 year.
Note:Generally, the term Repair Attempts, as it relates to Lemon Law, refers to one or more attempts to fix the same defect although some states consider a vehicle to be a lemon if it required the specified number of repairs within the coverage period.

A car is out of service while being repaired or waiting for parts.

Warranty Period refers to the Manufacturer`s Express Warranty. Where the Coverage Period lists more than 1 option, the period applies to that option which occurs first.

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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.

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