Monday, July 20, 2015

New Jersey considering a lemon law for farm tractors

Attention farmers: Does your John Deere run like a turtle, your New Holland mimic the Old World or is your Case definitely losing? Hang on, the New Jersey Legislature is riding to your rescue.

On Thursday, July 23, the state Senate has scheduled floor votes on two bills--A-1812 (Wilson) and S-2717 (Cruz-Perez)--that would extend protections of the state's new vehicle "lemon law" to new farm tractors purchased or leased in New Jersey.  
Under the "lemon law" for new automobiles and motorcycles, if a manufacturer or its dealer is unable to repair a defect within a reasonable period of time, the manufacturer is required to refund the full purchase price and other charges and fees specified in the law, less an allowance for the buyer's or lessee's use of the returned vehicle.

If legislation passes, it also must be signed by Governor Chris Christie. Think the 2016 GOP presidential primary in farm-rich Iowa might factor into his decision? We'll see.

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