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Lemon Laws: What Are They and How Do They Affect You?
Most lemon laws entitle a buyer to a remedy if their automobiles are out of service for an extended period of time because of failure or serviced repeatedly over an extended period of time because of the same recurring problem. Such laws vary from one state to the next and by the types of repairs that are covered. There are obvious problems, like transmission failure, power loss, or the car refusing to start, while others are less black and white, such as excessive tire wear, fluid leaks, and wind noise. For this reason, the remedies afforded by lemon laws vary widely, from repurchase by the manufacturer to full automobile replacement.
Per New Hampshire state statute 357:D:1 et seq. New Hampshire’s lemon laws cover:
VEHICLES COVERED: The New Hampshire lemon law covers the following motor vehicles purchased or leased in New Hampshire:
1. A motor vehicle of the private passenger or station wagon type with a gross weight not exceeding 11,000 pounds that is purchased or leased by a consumer;
2. Any other four-wheel motor vehicle with a gross weight not exceeding 11,000 pounds; and
3. Motorcycles, off-highway recreational vehicles, and snowmobiles. The lemon law does not cover tractors or mopeds. “New motor vehicle” is a passenger motor vehicle that is still under the manufacturer’s express warranty. The lemon law covers a used vehicle if still under the manufacturer’s express warranty.
CONSUMERS COVERED: The lemon law covers the following consumers:
1. The purchaser, other than for purposes of resale, of a new motor vehicle;
2. The lessee, other than for purposes of sublease, of a new motor vehicle;
3. Any person to whom the motor vehicle is transferred during the duration of an express warranty applicable to the motor vehicle; and
4. Any other person entitled by the terms of the warranty to enforce its obligations. The lemon law does not cover any governmental entity. 
There is a limited amount of time to file a complaint.
In the Commonwealth of New Hampshire, there is a limited amount of time to file a complaint. If you believe that you might have a valid complaint, you should first collect all records concerning your automobile. This includes the owner's manual, all warranties, service invoices and orders, and purchase contracts. Take thorough notes on each conversation you have with the dealership where you purchased the vehicle and its service technicians. The time and date of each attempted repair should be recorded, in addition to any other relevant comments.
Then, request copies of all manufacturer’s technical service bulletins on your vehicle from the manufacturer. You should track and record how frequently your car is in for repairs with times in and out and dates. Finally, contact our New Hampshire personal injury attorneys at our law offices to assist you in understanding your different options and evaluating your case.
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for New Hampshire motorists to be injured in accidents because of defective automobiles. New Hampshire’s civil justice system affords protection for victims of negligence to recover fair, full, and adequate monetary compensation for any injuries they sustain. Our NH personal injury lawyers handle claims in all personal injury arenas, and we will work diligently on behalf of our clients to ensure that each one receives adequate compensation for their injuries and pain and suffering. Contact us today to set up a free personal consultation.
 Better Business Bureau. (2010). Standards of the New Hampshire Lemon Law. Council of the Better Business Bureau, Inc. http://www.bbb.org/us/Storage/16/Documents/BBBAutoLine/NH-LLsummary.pdf Retrieved: August 30th, 2015.
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