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SUVs, Trucks, and Business Vehicles – Lemon Law in NY

New York has one of the most comprehensive Lemon Laws in the country, but business vehicles are not covered. Under New York Lemon Law, SUVs and light duty trucks are covered.

SUVs and trucks covered by New York’s new car Lemon Law must meet four conditions:

  • The vehicle was covered by the manufacturer’s warranty at the time of original delivery; and
  • The vehicle was purchased, leased, or transferred within 18,000 miles or two years from the date of original delivery, whichever comes first; and
  • The vehicle was purchased, leased, or transferred in New York State or is presently registered in New York State; and
  • The vehicle is primarily for personal use (more than 50% of the time).

 In order to be considered a “lemon,” the vehicle must meet the following requirements: 

  • Does not conform to the manufacturer’s express warranty
  • Has substantial defects affecting the use, safety or value of the vehicle
  • Has manufacturer’s defects that occurred during the first two years from the original owner’s delivery date or the first 18,000 miles on the odometer (whichever period ends first)
  • Has been taken in four times for the same problem or if it has been out of service for 30 days due to repairs for one or more problems
  • Cannot have problems associated with any modifications that you made

You are still entitled to relief under NY Lemon Law if a defect was successfully repaired on or after the fifth repair attempt, or after the vehicle was out of service for 30 days.

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