New York Lemon Laws

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What Laws Govern the Sale of Used Cars in New York?

New York State has what are known as lemon laws. These laws are designed to protect consumers from buying cars that are “lemons,” cars that are broken or don’t work. Under lemon laws, a consumer who has purchased a broken or malfunctioning car is protected. Dealers have to provide customers with written warranties, and they also have to fix any defects in parts that are guaranteed by the warranty without charging any additional fees.

The Lemon Law also protects the consumer with a refund regulation: if the dealer is unable to fix the car, the dealer must fully refund the buyer. This law in intended to protect buyers from scams.

Which Cars are Covered by New York’s Lemon Law?

There are some specific conditions that must be present for a car to covered by the Lemon Law. The car had to have been purchased in New York for at least $1,500. It had to have been driven less than 100,000 miles when the car was purchased. It had to have been purchased for personal use rather than commercial use, and it had to have been bought from a New York dealer.

What is the Standard Warranty Length in New York State?

If the car has been driven between 18,001 and 36,000 miles, the warranty lasts for the earlier of 90 days of 4,000 miles. If the car has been driven 36,001 to 79,999 miles, the warranty lasts 60 days or 3,000 miles, whichever comes first. If the car has been driven 80,000 to 100,000 miles, the warranty lasts 30 days or 1,000 miles, whichever comes first.

What are Warranty Requirements?

In New York, auto dealers must provide warranties in writing to protect certain parts. The engine is covered by the warranty, as is the transmission. The parts of the engine that are covered include flywheel, lubricated parts, cylinder head, engine block, fuel pump, water pump, manifold, and rotary engine housings. The torque converter, internal parts and transmission case are covered by the warranty as well.

Other parts of the car that are covered by New York laws are the drive axle, brakes, steering components, ignition system, starter, generator, alternator and radiator. The battery is not covered by the warranty.

Do I Need a Lawyer?

If you purchase a car in New York State and it later malfunctioned, you may be eligible for a refund under the Lemon Law if the above conditions were not met. The dealer may also be liable. A consumer protection lawyer can help you figure out your options and make the best case to help you get your money back.

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Last Modified: 09-09-2016 01:14 PM PDT

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