Lemon Law

Lemon Laws provide consumers with a powerful and effective way to get rid of their defective vehicle or receive a cash settlement. In addition to getting rid of the lemon, they can also get their loan paid off and even get their money back. They may also be entitled to additional out of pocket costs you have incurred, such as towing, rental cars and more!

The New York Lemon Law covers drivers whose vehicles suffer a nonconformity; a defect or condition, which substantially impairs the use, value or safety within the first 24 months or 18,000 miles, whichever comes first, that can’t be repaired after repeated attempts (normally 3-4) by the manufacturer’s authorized dealership. These cars can be purchased, leased, registered or transferred to New York.

It’s important to note that even if your car falls outside of the limitations established by the NY Lemon Law, there are still Federal breach of warranty laws which apply. If your car has an original or extended manufacturer’s warranty and has a problem that can’t be fixed after three repair attempts, chances are Jacoby & Jacoby can help you.

If you are driving a defective vehicle and you want to find out if it is considered a lemon, take the quiz on the right side of this page.

QUIZ: Are you driving a lemon?

To determine if you have a case, answer yes or no to the following five questions:

  1. Has your vehicle been in the shop three (3) or more times for the same issue? YES / NO
  2. Has your vehicle been in the shop from fifteen (15) to thirty (30) calendar days or more for repairs? YES / NO
  3. Has there been six (6) or more repair attempts made to various problems, (even if more than one repair was made to more than one defect on one particular visit to the shop)? YES / NO
  4. Has your vehicle been in the shop for a problem that was never fixed properly under warranty and it continues to exist now that the warranty has ended? YES / NO
  5. Has the dealer and/or manufacturer refused to repair or charged you for a repair to a particular problem that should be covered under warranty? YES / NO

If you answered yes to even ONE of the above five questions, and your car was purchased during the manufacturer’s warranty and/or the manufacturer’s extended warranty, you should contact us immediately. You are driving a defective vehicle, and you may be entitled to cost-free legal assistance.

The Motorized Wheelchair Lemon Law provides a legal remedy for consumers who are buyers or lessees of new motorized wheelchairs that turn out to be lemons. If the wheelchair does not conform to the terms of the written warranty and the manufacturer or its authorized dealer is unable to repair the wheelchair after a reasonable number of attempts during the first year, the consumer can choose a full refund or a comparable new replacement wheelchair.

There’s been quite a buzz lately about a possible consumer electronics lemon law, which would include goods like televisions, MP3 players, and stereo systems. While New York State currently does not have an electronics lemon law in place, there are other avenues consumers can take to recover their money if they do end up with a defective electronic. Contact us today to discuss your options.

The New York Lemon Law can be confusing and is open up to numerous interpretations if you don’t understand how it works. Contact a Long Island lemon law attorney at Jacoby & Jacoby today. For a free consultation, call any one of our office locations directly or contact us online today.

Medford, NY: 631-289-4600
Miller Place, NY: 631-289-4600
Nassau County, NY: 888-452-2629
Riverhead, NY: 631-289-4600
Shirley, NY: 631-281-2234
Queens, NY: 888-452-2629