New York Lemon Law

When you buy a car, SUV, motorcycle, truck or some other type of vehicle, you expect it to be on the road, and not stuck in a repair shop over and over again because of the same or similar problem or defect. Unfortunately, thousands of New Yorkers every year find out that the new or used sets of wheels they bought aren’t what they were promised and don’t conform to their vehicle’s warranties. If you are the owner of one of these “lemons,” you probably feel upset about being inconvenienced or ripped off. The good news is that New York lemon law provides you with a mechanism that can get your money back, replace your vehicle, or get your cash compensation so you can get rid of the lemon and be back on the road.

What Is a “Lemon” in New York?

New York has lemon laws that apply to both new and used vehicles. A car, motorhome, SUV, truck, or motorcycle is considered a “lemon” if it does not comply with the terms of its written warranty and the vehicle’s manufacturer or authorized agent has been unable to fix the vehicle after a reasonable number of tries.

A new vehicle will be covered under New York’s lemon law if:

  • A warranty covered it at original delivery; AND
  • It was purchased, leased or transferred within 18,000 miles or two years from the date of initial delivery, whichever comes first; AND
  • It was purchased, leased or transferred in New York State, or is currently registered in New York; AND
  • It is used primarily for personal reasons;
  • The manufacturer or authorized repair shop has made four or more unsuccessful attempts to repair the problem; OR
  • The car is out of service because of repair of one or more problems for a cumulative total of 30 or more days.

A used car is covered under the state’s lemon law if:

  • It was purchased, leased or transferred after 18,000 miles or two years from original delivery, whichever comes first; AND
  • It was purchased or leased from a New York dealer; AND
  • It had a purchase price or lease value of at least $1,500; AND
  • It has been driven less than 100,000 miles at the time it was purchased or leased; AND
  • It is used primarily for personal reasons;
  • The dealer has made three or more unsuccessful attempts to fix the problem; OR
  • The car is out of service because of repairs for a cumulative total of 15 days or more.

Available Remedies Under New York Lemon Laws

As long as you notify the manufacturer or its authorized dealer of your vehicle’s defect within its first 18,000 miles, or two years from its original delivery date, whichever comes first, New York law requires the manufacturer to repair –free of charge and without a deductible– any defect or problem covered under the vehicle’s warranty.

If the manufacturer does not or cannot fix the problem after a reasonable number of attempts, or the manufacturer or the dealer refuses to start repairs, and if the problem substantially impairs the value of your vehicle, the manufacturer may be required to refund the full purchase or lease price to you or offer you a comparable replacement vehicle.

Speak With a New York Lemon Law Attorney to Enforce Your Rights

You may find that a dealer or manufacturer refuses to meet their obligations despite the New York lemon law. They may claim that the defect is minor and therefore is not covered under the law, or assert that the problem was your fault because of the way you drove or treated the vehicle.

An experienced New York lemon law attorney can make sure that you don’t get stuck in neutral after you’ve bought a defective vehicle. You have rights, and auto dealers and manufacturers have duties that they should not be able to avoid if they’ve sold you a lemon. If you believe that you bought a lemon, you should consult with an experienced New York lemon law attorney who can help protect and enforce your rights and get y