Used Car Lemon Law
The Used Car Lemon Law provides a legal remedy for buyers or lessees of used
cars that turn out to be lemons. The law requires dealers to give you a written
warranty. Under this warranty, a dealer must repair, free of charge, any defects
in covered parts or, at the dealer's option, reimburse you for the reasonable
costs of such repairs. If the dealer is unable to repair the car after a
reasonable number of attempts, you are entitled to a full refund of the purchase
price. No used car covered by this law can be sold by a dealer "as is."
cars are covered by this Lemon Law
Under the law, a used car is one which satisfies all the following five
(1) It was purchased, leased or transferred after the earlier of (a) 18,000
miles of operation or (b) two years from the date of original delivery; and
(2) It was purchased or leased from a New York dealer; and
(3) It had a purchase price or lease value of at least $1,500; and
(4) It had been driven 100,000 miles or less at the time of purchase or
(5) It is primarily used for personal purposes.
Private Sales Covered?
No. If you bought your car from a private individual (rather than from a
dealer) you are not protected by the Lemon Law. You should consult a
lawyer for advice as to other possible remedies. If the purchase price was
$3,000 or less, you may wish to pursue your claim in Small Claims Court.