New York Lemon Laws

The Lemon Laws for the State of New York

You just bought a new car, and you're looking forward to enjoying it for years to come. However, this good feeling only lasts a couple of weeks until realize that there is a weird noise coming from the engine (you think) that wasn't there before.

You take it to the dealer, but they can't seem to figure out what the problem is and you don't want to drive it in case you cause further damage.

So what do you do?

Do you just drive it at your own risk? No! Fortunately for you, the law is on your side, as there are New York lemon laws that protect you against a dealer that sells you a lemon.

New York New Car Lemon Law

The New York new car lemon law forces the manufacturer of a car like yours to do the repairs, normally through the dealer that sold you the car in the first place. If the dealer can't fix it, then they must replace the car or refund your money.

The New York lemon law is limited to cars that are used for personal use, and it does not cover RVs, motorcycles, or ATVs.

Your car will be covered by the New York vehicle lemon law under these circumstances:

  • It is a registered New York vehicle.

  • It was transferred, leased or bought within New York.

  • It was delivered to the first buyer in New York.

  • The vehicle is within its first 18,000 miles.

  • It is within two years from its original delivery date.

This is not the only law for cars in NY, as New York also offers a used car lemon law for vehicles that are older or have more miles on them.

New York Used Car Lemon Law

If you buy your used car from a dealer, under the New York used vehicle lemon law, if it has more than 18,000 miles (and fewer than 100,000) on the odometer or is older than two years, and it's worth more than $1500, it must come with a warranty.

This law offers you, the consumer, the right to get the repairs for free if the problem is covered by the warranty, and if you report the problem before the car hits its two year mark or before it passes 1100,000 miles on the odometer.

If the car dealer is not able to get the car working properly after at least four repair attempts, or if you were unable to drive the car for a month or more due to the same issue, you will then be entitled to a refund of the same amount that you bought the car for, or a replacement vehicle. And that is your decision to make, not the dealers.

If you are still not able to sort this out, you will want to hire a New York lemon law attorney to take legal action.

Click here to learn more about the legal processes for reclaiming what you are owed.

NOTE:The information here is not legal advice and is only presented to you so you can know your options if you purchased a lemon. As with any legal issue, you should seek the advice of a qualified attorney.


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