NY Lemon Law Statutes

New York Lemon Law Qualifications

The New York State New Car Lemon Law provides a legal remedy for consumers who are buyers or lessees of new cars and certain "used" cars that turn out to be "lemons." If a car does not conform to the terms of its written warranty and the manufacturer or its authorized agent is unable to repair the car after a reasonable number of attempts, a consumer is entitled to a refund or replacement.

Vehicles Covered

A vehicle is covered by the New York Lemon Law if it:

  • Was covered by a warranty at original delivery; AND
  • Was purchased, leased or transferred within the earlier of 18,000 miles or two years from the date of original delivery; AND
  • Was either purchased, leased or transferred in New York State or is presently registered in the state; AND
  • Is used primarily for personal purposes.

Reasonable Number Of Repair Attempts

A reasonable chance for a manufacturer or its authorized agent to repair a problem for a new car is considered to be:

  • Four or more attempts to repair and the problem continues to exist; OR
  • The car is out of service by reason of repair of one or more problems for a cumulative total of 30 days or more.

New York Arbitration Requirements

A consumer can seek redress under the New York Program by obtaining a Request-for-Arbitration form. Complete the appropriate Lemon Law Request For Arbitration form and send it to the Attorney General's Lemon Law Unit. Before submitting this form please complete all questions as accurately as possible, especially date and mileage questions. You should provide a brief but concise statement of the problem in the space provided on the form.

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