New Mexico Lemon Law
The New Mexico Lemon Law protects consumers that buy or lease a defective new or used car, truck, motorcycle, or van. Specifically, the New Mexico Lemon Law covers any new or used vehicle that was purchased or leased in the State, and also registered in the State, and meets the following criteria:
- It is normally used for personal, family or household purposes. The law does not cover commercial vehicles nor vehicles that are mostly used for business purposes.
- It weighs under 10,000 pounds.
- It has at least one defect or nonconformity that substantially impairs the use and value of the vehicle.
Automobile manufacturers are legally required to repair any nonconformities in a consumer’s new or used motor vehicle within a reasonable number of repair attempts. Under New Mexico’s Lemon Law, a “reasonable number of attempts” means either one (or both) of the following:
- The vehicle has been taken to an authorized dealer four or more times for the same nonconformity within the warranty period or the first year after the vehicle was purchased or leased, whichever comes first, and the nonconformity still exists; OR
- The vehicle was out of service as a result of its repairs for thirty or more days within the warranty period or the first year after the vehicle was purchased or leased, whichever comes first.
Our attorneys have handled numerous cases for consumers all across New Mexico who purchased or leased defective vehicles. If you are not sure about whether your vehicle is a lemon, our New Mexico Lemon Law attorneys can assist you and answer any questions that you have.What Will the Manufacturer Do for Me if my Vehicle is a Lemon Vehicle?
If you have a lemon vehicle that was purchased or leased and registered in New Mexico, you are entitled to have the manufacturer repurchase your vehicle or replace it with a new one. As an alternative, you may be entitled to receive a “cash-and-keep” settlement, wherein you would receive monetary compensation based on the diminished value of your vehicle as a result of its nonconformities.
Alfonso is a New Mexico consumer who sought our assistance because he was having problems with the engine in his brand new 2021 Jeep Wrangler. Alfonso’s Jeep died while his wife was driving it, which created a potentially dangerous situation. Alfonso took his Jeep to an authorized Chrysler dealer to repair the engine, where it remained for well over thirty days. Alfonso was in need of a New Mexico Lemon Law attorney, and ultimately agreed to hire our law firm to represent him. Throughout his case we tried to settle directly with Chrysler, and after just a few months, we were able to convince Chrysler to repurchase his vehicle, and Chrysler also paid our attorneys’ fees.
Even if your vehicle doesn’t technically fall under the Lemon Law’s guidelines, you might still be entitled to receive cash compensation under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, the federal lemon law that applies to any defective product that comes with a manufacturer’s warranty. This law also requires the manufacturer to pay the consumer’s attorneys’ fees, so we do not have to charge our clients for our services.Why Should I Choose the Weisberg Consumer Law Group to be My Lemon Law Attorneys?
Alfonso is just one of the thousands of motor vehicle owners that we have represented all across the country. Our experienced New Mexico Lemon Law attorneys will guide you every step of the way, and work with you directly to get the best possible result and resolution to your case. Connect here for a free, no-obligation New Mexico Lemon Law case review.