2009 New Jersey Code
TITLE 56 - TRADE NAMES, TRADE-MARKS AND UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES
56:12
56:12-32 - Refunds

56:12-32 Refunds.

4. a. If, during the period specified in section 3 of this act, the manufacturer, or, in the case of an authorized emergency vehicle, the manufacturer, co-manufacturer, or post-manufacturing modifier, of that part of the motor vehicle containing the nonconformity, or its dealer or distributor, is unable to repair or correct the nonconformity within a reasonable time, the manufacturer, co-manufacturer, or post-manufacturing modifier shall accept return of the motor vehicle from the consumer.

(1)In the case of a motor vehicle, other than an authorized emergency vehicle as set forth in paragraph (2) of this subsection, the manufacturer shall provide the consumer with a full refund of the purchase price of the original motor vehicle including any stated credit or allowance for the consumer's used motor vehicle, the cost of any options or other modifications arranged, installed, or made by the manufacturer or its dealer within 30 days after the date of original delivery, and any other charges or fees including, but not limited to, sales tax, license and registration fees, finance charges, reimbursement for towing and reimbursement for actual expenses incurred by the consumer for the rental of a motor vehicle equivalent to the consumer's motor vehicle and limited to the period during which the consumer's motor vehicle was out of service due to the nonconformity, less a reasonable allowance for vehicle use.

(2)In the case of an authorized emergency vehicle, the manufacturer, co-manufacturer, or post-manufacturing modifier shall provide the consumer with a full refund of the purchase price of the original emergency vehicle, depending on the source of the nonconformity, including any stated credit or allowance for the consumer's used emergency vehicle, as well as any other charges or fees, including, but not limited to, sales tax, license and registration fees, reimbursement for towing and reimbursement for actual expenses incurred by the consumer for the rental of a substitute emergency vehicle, if applicable, for the period during which the consumer's emergency vehicle was out of service due to the nonconformity.

(3)Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to preclude a manufacturer, co-manufacturer, or post-manufacturing modifier from making an offer to replace the vehicle in lieu of a refund; except that the consumer may, in any case, reject an offer of replacement and demand a refund. Refunds shall be made to the consumer and lienholder, if any, as their interests appear on the records of ownership maintained by the Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. In the event that the consumer accepts an offer to replace the motor vehicle in lieu of a refund, it shall be the manufacturer's, co-manufacturer's, or post-manufacturing modifier's responsibility to insure that any lien on the returned motor vehicle is transferred to the replacement vehicle.

b.A consumer who leases a new motor vehicle shall have the same remedies against a manufacturer, co-manufacturer, or post-manufacturing modifier under this section as a consumer who purchases a new motor vehicle. If it is determined that the lessee is entitled to a refund pursuant to subsection a. of this section, the consumer shall return the leased vehicle to the lessor or manufacturer, co-manufacturer, or post-manufacturing modifier, and the consumer's lease agreement with the motor vehicle lessor shall be terminated and no penalty for early termination shall be assessed. The manufacturer, co-manufacturer, or post-manufacturing modifier shall provide the consumer with a full refund of the amount actually paid by the consumer under the lease agreement, including any additional charges as set forth in subsection a. of this section if actually paid by the consumer, less a reasonable allowance for vehicle use. The manufacturer, co-manufacturer, or post-manufacturing modifier shall provide the motor vehicle lessor with a full refund of the vehicle's original purchase price plus any unrecovered interest expense, less the amount actually paid by the consumer under the agreement. Refunds shall be made to the lessor and lienholder, if any, as their interests appear on the records of ownership maintained by the Chief Administrator of the Motor Vehicle Commission.

L.1988, c.123, s.4; amended 2009, c.324, s.4.
 

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