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New Jersey Used Car Inspection FAQs

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NEW JERSEY USED CAR INSPECTION FAQs

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BUY A NEW JERSEY USED CAR AND IT DOESN’T PASS A NEW JERSEY CAR INSPECTION?
Did you buy a New Jersey used car from a New Jersey used car dealer and it failed a New Jersey car inspection. Many New Jersey used car buyers buy a New Jersey used car and then try to get it inspected only to learn that the New Jersey used car failed a New Jersey car inspection. Repairs to a New Jersey used car to get it in shape to pass a New Jersey Car Inspection may cost thousands of dollars and time lost while the New Jersey used car is undergoing repairs. You can’t legally drive a New Jersey used car that fails a New Jersey car inspection on New Jersey roads for very long!

NEW JERSEY USED CAR DEALER’S OBLIGATION TO SELL NEW JERSEY USED CARS THAT MEET NEW JERSEY INSPECTION STANDARDS
Unless otherwise provided in the New Jersey Used Car Inspection Law, no New Jersey used car dealer shall sell at retail any used passenger New Jersey used car to be registered in New Jersey, unless the New Jersey used car meets the standards for the issuance of a certificate of approval as provided in the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Statutes.

NEW JERSEY USED CAR DEALER’S OBLIGATION TO ASK NEW JERSEY USED CAR BUYER IF THEY ARE GOING TO REGISTER THE NEW JERSEY USED CAR IN NEW JERSEY IN ITS PRESENT CONDITION AND TO MAKE DISCLOSURES
Prior to entering into any agreement for the retail sale of a New Jersey used car, the New Jersey used car dealer shall inquire as to whether the New Jersey used car to be purchased is intended for registration in this New Jersey in the condition sold and, if so, such fact shall be specified in the written agreement between the New Jersey used car dealer and the New Jersey used car buyer and the New Jersey used car dealer, prior to execution of the New Jersey used car sale agreement, shall inform the New Jersey used car buyer of the New Jersey used car dealer's responsibilities under the New Jersey Used Car Inspection Law.

WAIVER OF NEW JERSEY USED CAR DEALER’S OBLIGATION TO SELL NEW JERSEY USED CARS THAT MEET NEW JERSEY CAR INSPECTION STANDARDS
Any New Jersey used car retail sale agreement may contain a provision whereby the New Jersey used car buyer waives the New Jersey used car dealer's obligation under section 2 of the New Jersey Used Car Inspection Law; provided, however, any such waiver must be separately stated in the New Jersey used car agreement of retail sale and separately signed by the New Jersey used car buyer. The signing of such a waiver by the New Jersey used car buyer shall also serve to eliminate any criminal responsibility placed upon any New Jersey used car dealer by the New Jersey Used Car Inspection Law.

WHAT HAPPENS IF A NEW JERSEY USED CAR FAILS INSPECTION AND I DID NOT SIGN A WAIVER OF MY RIGHT TO HAVE THE NEW JERSEY USED CAR PASS INSPECTION?
In the event that any such New Jersey used car is sold at retail and has any defect, which results in its rejection for failure to meet the standards for issuance of such a certificate of approval, in the absence of a waiver as provided in the New Jersey Used Car Inspection Law, the New Jersey used car dealer shall make, or cause to be made, all the necessary repairs, without charge, or return the full purchase price to the New Jersey used car buyer; provided that such defect or defects are not the result of the New Jersey used car buyer’s own act. Also, any New Jersey Used Car dealer who fails to comply with the provisions of the New Jersey Used Car Inspection Law is a disorderly person.

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