State Lemon Laws

New York Lemon Law Advice


New York's lemon laws are somewhat limited. The number of repair attempts required for a car to qualify as a lemon is high, which is bad for the consumer, but the warranty period is slightly longer than average. Unfortunately, the definition of what vehicles are covered is narrow.

New York Lemon Law Rating: 2 (somewhat negative - moderately disfavors the consumer)

Vehicles Covered:

  • Passenger vehicles legally registered in New York
  • Excludes motorcycles, ATVs, and motor homes

What constitutes a "lemon":

  • Serious defect* if notice if given to the manufacturer via certified mail within 20 days of receipt OR
  • Four attempts to repair the vehicle OR
  • 30 calendar days out of service
Valid for:
  • The first of the 2 years or 18,000 miles
What to do if you suspect you have a lemon in New York:
  • Immediately draft a letter to the manufacturer of your automobile informing them of the defects you are experiencing. It is a good idea to send this letter via certified mail.
  • Ensure that you save ALL documentation related to your automobile repairs

*Life-threatening or serious defects that can qualify your car as a lemon include loss of steering, sudden stalling, loss of braking, and other extremely serious flaws.

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