Lemon Laws In New York

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According to https://lawyers-usa.org/ Lemon law protects consumers by allowing them to receive financial compensation for buying cars with known problems and for using cars that perform less than 'as advertised' on the day they purchase them. In layman's terms, a lemon is a car that proves to be useless in the short run due to some kind of defect or trouble. The lemon law in New York is enforced by the State Attorney General.

New York Lemon laws apply to cars that are subject to manufacturers express warranty at the time of sale and were purchased, rented, or transferred in New York State within the vehicle's original limited warranty period and were used, rented, or owned in New York City for the six months prior to the purchase. The qualified buyer can demand a refund of the money paid to the manufacturer. Under the lemon law in New York, such refund must be made in the form of cash, down payment, or installment. The laws in this regard are very strict and a trial must be conducted within a reasonable period of time.

Under the federal lemon laws in New York, a consumer is entitled to a refund or replacement motor vehicle if the vehicle fails to prove that it is free of defects that could cause damage or which do not let the consumer use it profitably. It is also important to note that under the new York lemon laws, any pre-existing warranties must be honored by the new owner. The owner may call the company that sold the car or the dealer from where the car was purchased to void the warranty. This is referred to as dealer arbitration. The law makes it clear that in the case of a consumer's written agreement for a specific warranty period, that period itself becomes 'obligatory' and the car owner has no rights to cancel the contract without a valid reason.

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