Monmouth County Warranty Attorneys
Protecting NJ clients facing warranty issues
Almost every product you purchase comes with a warranty. Warranties are like promises to the buyer that whatever product or service is being purchased will work as it should. When things go wrong, a warranty should take care of the issue at no cost to the consumer. When products or services do not live up to their warranties, you may be able to take legal action. At Tomes & Hanratty P.C., our Monmouth County warranty attorneys protect consumers just like you from the ramifications of faulty production and misrepresented sales. Since 1993, our consumer rights lawyers have helped people whose lives have been affected by defective products and services.
The differences between an express warranty and an implied warranty
The Magnuson-Moss Warrant Act details the differences between an express warranty and an implied warranty.
- Express warranty: Express warranties are written warranties. They are guaranteed by the manufacturer of the product that should anything go wrong within a specified amount of time; the manufacturer will repair or replace whatever broke. When you purchase, for example, a stereo system, the warranty that comes in the box is an express warranty promising that the stereo will play, the speakers will provide sound, and the electronics within the system will work.
- Implied warranty: Implied warranties are governed by state rules. They indicate that it is reasonable to presume that the product you’re purchasing will conform to the expected standards (warranty of merchantability) and that it will do what it is expected to do in the manner in which it is expected to do it (warranty of fitness for a particular purpose). In cases where the manufacturer will not honor the warranty of merchantability, we can turn to the Uniform Commercial Code to challenge the disclaimer.
What you should know about the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act
The federal government puts laws and regulations into place to protect consumers from fraud. The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act makes it easier for the general public to understand the scope of a product or service’s warranty. It also makes it easier to enforce those warranties. So while no products require a warranty, any time one is given it must comply with the Act. The rules apply to car sales as well. Under the Act, car manufacturers must abide by both implied and express warranties. In New Jersey, however, the lemon law also applies to used cars. If a dealer fails to honor the express or implied warranty, you may be able to take legal action.
Contact our NJ warranty protection law firm today
Consumers need someone to look out for them. At Tomes & Hanratty P.C., we do just that. We proudly serve clients all over New Jersey. If you believe you have been a victim of consumer fraud, contact our law office today by filling out our contact form to speak with a dedicated warranty law attorney.