New Hampshire Lemon Law Information
GET MAD: New Hampshire's out-of-service criteria of 30 business days (6 weeks!!) is the second-longest of the 50 state lemon laws.
The New Hampshire Lemon Law applies when, during the first two (2) years following delivery of a new vehicle:
- the dealer has attempted to repair the same problem three (3) or more times, or
- the vehicle has been out of service for repairs at the dealership for a cumulative total of 30 or more business days.
For the New Hampshire Lemon Law to apply, you must not have discontinued any leasing or financing payments on the vehicle. The law applies only to problems that substantially impair the use, market value, or safety of the vehicle, and problems that are not the result of abuse, neglect, or unauthorized modifications or alterations of the vehicle.
When filing a Lemon Law claim, you must choose to have your claim decided either by the manufacturer's arbitration process or the New Hampshire new motor vehicle arbitration board.New Hampshire Lemon Law information from the Division of Motor Vehicles » New Hampshire Statutes Section 357-D: New Motor Vehicle Arbitration »
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Helpful Lemon Law Tips
Most states require you to notify the dealer and the manufacturer that you have a Lemon Law claim. Always use Certified Mail with Return Receipt.
If the manufacturer has an informal mediation or dispute resolution process, most states require you to do that first before pursuing litigation. However, you should contact a lawyer immediately.
Most lawyers will not charge you for an initial consultation or legal fees for Lemon Law arbitration. If they decide you have a case, normally the manufacturer is forced to pay your legal costs.