A surprising number of consumers don’t realize that New York has a robust lemon law for used cars. Indeed, if you find you’ve purchased a defective car, you may be eligible to receive a full refund of the purchase price. In large part, this is because New York lemon laws include a car warranty law, sometimes referred to the “lemon law warranty.” Here’s the lowdown on NY lemon laws as they apply to the used car warranty.
The used car warranty outlines that the dealer or his agent will repair any covered problem within the warranty period, and that he won’t charge you for it. The length of the warranty period varies according to the number of miles on the odometer at the time you buy or lease the vehicle. So, if the odometer has a reading of 18,001 to 36,000 miles, the warranty is in effect for 90 days or 4,000 miles. If the odometer has a reading of 36,001 to 79,999, the warranty is in effect for 60 days or 3,000 miles. If the odometer has a reading of 80,000 to 100,000 miles, the warranty is in effect for 30 days or 1,000 miles.
When it comes to the length of the warranty, it’s important to note that the law states that the warranty is extended by one day for every day your car is in the shop for repair. So, for example, if your car is unavailable for three days because it’s being repaired, your 90-day warranty extends to 93 days.
Buying a used car means that you’ll get a warranty, but in some cases the dealer can limit what’s covered. The car warranty law associated with NY lemon laws says that certain parts must be included. So, for example, the engine, transmission, drive axle, brakes, and steering are included, as well as the radiator, alternator, generator, starter, and the ignition system. Other items, such as the battery, are not included.
When it comes to limiting warranty coverage, NY lemon laws say that the dealer can exclude coverage for a variety of reasons. For example, the warranty won’t apply if you don’t perform routine maintenance on the vehicle. That’s why it’s important to not only get the work done, but to also keep thorough records documenting when the work was done and who performed the work. In addition, problems that result from getting in a wreck, theft, or even getting caught in a snowstorm aren’t covered. Neither are things like tune-ups and oil changes.
To determine whether or not your vehicle is covered under warranty law, and whether or not you have a lemon, it’s important to seek professional lemon law advice. The attorneys at LemonJustice.com are standing by to help you navigate the waters of auto defects, and to hold a dealer’s feet to the fire if he sold you a used car lemon.