Archive for July, 2008

Buying A Used Car In New Jersey – Check The Lemon Law List of Repurchased Cars


At 1-800-MY-LEMON we are always asked “how do I know if my car was declared a lemon before I purchased it?” The good news is that in New Jersey you can actually check to see if your car was repurchased under the lemon law.

The state of New Jersey requires the manufacturer to brand the title of any car that is repurchased under the lemon law. A complete list of all cars which were repurchased under the New Jersey Lemon Law is available online, and can be viewed by clicking here.

Before purchasing a used car in New Jersey, it is recommended that you check the vin number with the list of repurchase cars under the New Jersey Lemon Law. Just another step in helping you avoid a lemon car.

Warranty Coverage – Do I Have A Lemon Law/Breach Of Warranty Claim

1-800-MY-LEMON, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh’s largest, and most successful, lemon law firm, represents thousands of consumers for claims regarding defective cars. The firm has recovered millions of dollars in settlements and has become a household name throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Each day we receive numerous phone calls from PA and NJ consumers requesting lemon law information about their defective cars. We have noticed that many consumers are not fully aware of their warranty coverage. In an effort to educate the public we are posting a list of car manufacturers and the mileage and term of the warranties with respect to it’s cars. This information will assist you in determining whether a lemon law and/or breach of warranty claim is viable.

Manufacturer Basic Warranty Powertrain Warranty
Acura Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Audi Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Bentley Warranty 2 years/unlimited miles
BMW Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Buick Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Cadillac Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Chevrolet Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Chrysler Warranty (10/31/01 or earlier) 3 years/36,000 miles
Chrysler Warranty (11/1/01-7/8/02) 3 years/36,000 miles 7 years/100,000 miles
Chrysler Warranty (7/9/02 or later) 3 years/36,000 miles 7 years/70,000 miles
Dodge Warranty (10/31/01 or earlier) 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Dodge Warranty (11/1/01-7/8/02) 3 years/36,000 miles 7 years/100,000 miles
Dodge Warranty (7/9/02 or later) 3 years/36,000 miles 7 years/70,000 miles
Ford Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
GMC Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Honda Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Hummer Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Hyundai Warranty (1998 and earlier) 3 years/36,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
Hyundai Warranty (1999 and later) 5 years/60,000 miles 10 years/100,000 miles
Infiniti Warranty 4 years/60,000 miles 6 years/70,000 miles
Isuzu Warranty (1999 and earlier) 3 years/50,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
Isuzu Warranty (2000 – 2002) 3 years/50,000 miles 10 years/120,000 miles
Isuzu Warranty (2003+) 3 years/50,000 miles 7 years/75,000 miles
Jaguar Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Jeep Warranty (10/31/01 or earlier) 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Jeep Warranty (11/1/01 – 7/8/02) 3 years/36,000 miles 7 years/100,000 miles
Jeep Warranty (7/9/02 or later) 3 years/36,000 miles 7 years/70,000 miles
Kia Warranty (7/2000 and earlier) 3 years/36,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
Kia Warranty (7/2000 and later) 5 years/60,000 miles 10 years/100,000 miles
Lexus Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 6 years/70,000 miles
Lincoln Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Mazda Warranty (2003 and earlier) 3 years/50,000 miles 3 years/50,000 miles
Mazda Warranty (2004 and later) 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Mercedes-Benz Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Mercury Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Mitsubishi Warranty (2003 and earlier) 3 years/36,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
Mitsubishi Warranty (2004 and later) 5 years/60,000 miles 10 years/100,000 miles
Nissan Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
Oldsmobile Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Plymouth Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Pontiac Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Porsche Warranty (1998 and earlier) 2 years/unlimited 2 years/unlimited
Porsche Warranty (1999 and later) 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Saab Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Saturn Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Scion Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
Subaru Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
Suzuki Warranty (prior to 8/1/02) 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Suzuki Warranty (8/1/02 and later) 3 years/36,000 miles 7 years/100,000 miles
Toyota Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
Volkswagen Warranty (2001 and older) 2 years/24,000 miles 10 years/100,000 miles
Volkswagen Warranty (2002 and later) 4 years/50,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
Volvo Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles

1-800-MY-LEMON Air Banner Featured In Atlantic City Press


A big thank you to Eric Oritz at the Atlantic City Press for featuring 1-800-MY-LEMON, and lemon law attorney, David Gorberg, in his article about the successful use of air banners over the beaches of New Jersey.

Banner planes still soar despite high gas prices

By ERIK ORTIZ Staff Writer
Published: Sunday, July 27, 2008

The soaring cost of gas may force drivers to scale back on their road trips, but it’s sure not grounding pilots – at least not those working for local banner plane companies.

Banner plane advertising “has become an accepted form of media, whereas before it was seen as guerrilla advertising,” Dempsey said. “You’re seeing a lot of big-name brands you haven’t seen before.”

For Dempsey, that includes flying banners for nationally recognized companies such as State Farm, regional businesses such as the lemon law firm 1-800-MY-LEMON and local businesses, from the Atlantic City casinos to well-established restaurants.

“I can tell you that the beaches are packed,” Dempsey said, “but they’ve been packed in years past, too.”

Attorney David Gorberg, whose firm specializes in lemon law cases in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, said he’s employed banner plane advertising for at least the past five years because of the audience it garners.

High Exposure usually flies the 1-800-MY-LEMON banner on weekends from Cape May to Atlantic City, Gorberg said. The lemon law banner features a man driving a lemon as cash blows out of his hand.

“There’s not a day that goes by when someone doesn’t tell us, ‘Hey, we saw the banner while we were sitting on the beach,'” Gorberg said. “It’s a great way of getting our name and our phone number in front of thousands of beach goers, and also providing brand recognition.”

Click here to view the entire lemon law air banner article.

Summer Rain Causes Lemon Car Pain

With the heavy rain we experienced yesterday, our lemon law firm was inundated, or better yet, flooded with calls from Pennsylvania and New Jersey consumers requesting free lemon law help for car water leaks. So we decided to address this possible lemon law condition.

For most people, heavy summer rain results in congested rush hour roadways and perhaps increased travel time. However, for some unlucky car owners, driving in heavy rain means having to deal with annoying water leaks. Rainwater dripping steadily down from the bottom of the dash and causing water damage to the carpet and underlying pad. The water leak is not only aggravating, but if allowed to persist, can turn into a hazardous mold condition.

At 1-800-MY-LEMON we have discovered that water leaks are usually caused by 2 problems..defective seals and/or defective drains.

1. Seals – Window seals and weatherstripping are designed to keep interior air in and the outside air out. A hissing or whistle condition is a sign that the seal or weatherstripping is damaged. Inspect the windows for missing or damaged seals. Specifically, lumps or other imperfections may be preventing a seal and letting water in. There are 2 ways to check if the seal is working properly:

a. Chalk – Rub chalk on the surface of the weather strip. When you close the door, chalk will transfer from the strip to the door on areas that are sealed properly.

b. Dollar – Place a dollar bill in between the door and the car. Shut the door and then try and pull the dollar out. If your car is properly sealed, you will not be able to pull the dollar out.

2. Drains – Cars are made to channel water to places that are designed as drains. You may not realize it, but water flows all over the inside of a car body. Water can run inside the C pillars, the inside of doors, and through the cowl vents. Therefore it is important that you inspect your car for debris that can block the drains. This is especially true in cowling shields.

Needless to say, it is very important to service your car for any leaks at the dealer. By following the above you may be able to isolate the auto water leak and inform the dealer as to the location. Should the dealer fail to repair the leak, you should contact a lemon law firm, such as 1-800-MY-LEMON (1-800-695-3666) to obtain a refund or new car under the Pennsylvania Lemon Law or New Jersey Lemon Law.

GM shares nearly double from historic low

Shares of General Motors yesterday reached levels that nearly doubled their value from half-century lows set earlier this month.

GM shares closed at $14.58 a share, up 26 cents, or 1.82 percent. Shares of GM had traded as high as $16.43, or up almost $1.75 a share, in earlier trading today. Earlier this month, GM’s stock price had fallen to as low as $8.81 a share.

The rise in GM’s stock, seems to have been caused by two factors: Bill Gate’s entry into the automotive business world through his purchase of 5% of AutoNation Inc, the largest dealership group in the United States; and GM’s disclosure that it’s global sales totaled 4.5 million vehicles in the first six months of this year, with rapid growth overseas.

Clearly, the rumors of GM’s demise, or the suggestion of the need to file bankruptcy is over exaggeration. One has to wonder whether GM’s stock has finally hit bottom and is now on the road to recovery. Only time will tell, however at 1-800-MY-LEMON , Philadelphia and Pittsburgh’s largest lemon law firm, we noticed a continued support of the company by our Pennsylvania and New Jersey clients and a strong desire to remain a GM owner even after filing a Pennsylvania lemon law or New Jersey lemon law claim.

Bill Gates Buys Stake in AutoNation


Each day we are faced with pessimistic news regarding the sales of new and used cars. Dealerships are stuck with inventory they can’t sell and manufacturers are trying to cope with rapidly declining sales. With all this gloomy news it’s hard to be optimistic. So is the auto business glass half empty or possibly half filled?

Bill Gates seems to be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, and must be thinking that the auto business glass is half filled. According to the SEC Mr. Gates just purchased a 5% stake in the dealership chain AutoNation Inc. The stake makes Gates AutoNation’s third-largest shareholder, according to Bloomberg News.

According to Automotive News, AutoNation, based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is the largest dealership group in the United States with 321 franchises, selling U.S, Asian and European cars with retail sales of 328,963 mew cars in 2007.

In betting on auto dealerships, Gates joins fellow technology pioneer Michael Dell. Dell, the founder of Dell Computers, announced plans in May to team with former Sonic Automotive President Jeffrey Rachor to start a joint dealership venture.

NHTSA Investigates engine stalling in 2007-08 Hyundai Elantras

The National Highway Transportation Saftey Advisory Board (NHTSA) said on its Web site today that it has opened a preliminary investigation (action number PE08044) into complaints of engine stalling in low-mileage 2007-08 Hyundai Elantras.

The agency has received complaints, including one reported crash with an injury. Fuel pump module failure is the suspected cause. About 167,000 Hundai Elantras are currently on the road.

Lemon Law Mascot?

It’s the weekend, the temperature is over 90, so we thought we would share some humor with our readers.

A New Jersey lemon law client, Wendy S., sent us a picture of a robotic mannequin, named “Leminem”, dancing to a rap song. The picture was taken at a mall on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. Our client thought it would be a prefect mascot for our lemon law firm and wondered if we could have it dance to our famous 1-800-MY-LEMON jingle.

We all had a good laugh over this picture, and thank Wendy S. for sending it to us. Have a great weekend and stay cool.

Toyota Offers to Buy Back Rusty Tacomas

Toyota has announced that it is buying back 1995-2000 Tacoma pickup trucks with badly rusted frames. The buy back program that covers 813,000 trucks may cost Toyota as much as 100 million dollars. In addition to the buy back offer, Toyota is also extending the warranty on those frames to 15 years with unlimited mileage.

If a truck qualifies for a buy back Toyota will will pay 1.5 times the suggested retail price for a vehicle in excellent condition as calculated by Kelley Blue Book.

Owners of badly rusted Toyota Tacoma pick up trucks are instructed to return to the selling dealer for a free inspection. Tacoma owners who paid to have a rusty frame repaired and still own the vehicle can ask for compensation by calling Toyota at (888) 270-9371.

1-800-MY-LEMON has represented many Pennsylvania and New Jersey clients for rusted frames with their lemon cars. Should your vehicle or truck have rust and the manufacturer fails to repair the damage give us a call. In most cases we are able to get compensation due to the damage.

Congress moves to bar mandatory dealer-consumer arbitration


Each year 1-800-MY-LEMON represents consumers for claims against dealerships for fraud, such as non disclosed prior sale damage. Unfortunately many consumers are not able to pursue these claims in court due to binding arbitration agreements. Specifically, at the time of purchase of the car, the dealership has the consumer sign away his or her rights to pursue any and all claims in court. Many times the consumer is not aware that he or she is signing away rights. As a result of the binding arbitration agreement, the consumer is compelled to litigate his or her claim in a private arbitration favoring the dealerships.

Fortunately Congress has recognized this problem and is taking steps to correct the misuse of binding arbitration agreements by dealerships. According to the Automotive News, a congressional panel today approved a bill that would prohibit auto dealers from forcing customers into binding arbitration to settle disputes. The chief sponsor of the bill is Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., who chairs the subcommittee on commercial and administrative law.

The voice vote by a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee appeared to be along party lines, with Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed. Based on the partisan split, the bill will most likely not become law this year. However, the subcommittee action could prepare a path toward enactment next year, should the Democrats win the White House and increase their majorities in Congress in the November elections, as many forecasts suggest.

The measure is part of a broader push in Congress to eliminate requirements for mandatory binding arbitration from all kinds of business transactions.

1-800-MY-LEMON, Pennsylvania and New Jersey’s Lemon Law attorneys, supports this bill and congratulates Rep. Linda Sanchez for sponsoring the legislation, and protecting consumers rights.