What Vehicles Are Covered Under The New Car Lemon Law?

The law covers both new and used cars, including demos, which satisfy the following four conditions:
  1. The car was covered by the manufacturer`s new car warranty at the time of original delivery; and
  2. The car was purchased, leased or transferred within the earlier of the first 18,000 miles or two years from the date of original delivery; and
  3. The car either: (a) was purchased, leased or transferred in New York, or (b) is presently registered in New York; and
  4. The car is primarily used for personal purposes. Some examples of cars that are covered by the new car lemon law are:
    • a new car purchased or leased from a New Jersey dealer and registered in New York;
    • a year­old, demonstrator car with less than 18,000 miles purchased from a New York dealer and registered in New Jersey;
    • a used car with less than 18,000 miles and less than 2­years old, purchased from a Connecticut dealer and registered in New York;
    • a used car with less than 18,000 miles and less than 2­years old, received as a gift from a friend and registered in New York.

The following table summarizes what is covered, how many times the vehicle has to be repaired for the same defect and the warranty period.

Vehicles CoveredRepair Interval and Coverage Period
Any non­commercial motor vehicle purchased or leased, except for motorcycles, certain motor homes, and off­road vehicles.4 repair attempts or 30 calendar days out of service.
2 years or 18,000 miles.
Note:Generally, the term Repair Attempts, as it relates to Lemon Law, refers to one or more attempts to fix the same defect although some states consider a vehicle to be a lemon if it required the specified number of repairs within the coverage period.

A car is out of service while being repaired or waiting for parts.

Warranty Period refers to the Manufacturer`s Express Warranty. Where the Coverage Period lists more than 1 option, the period applies to that option which occurs first.

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The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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