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The Law - Used Car Lemon Law

Lemon Laws provides consumer protection for used cars. In most states, a used car is considered a "lemon" when it proves to be faulty and unsafe. Used cars are also protected under Lemon Laws if they are not maintained in an acceptable condition and if the buyer does not have the right price for the vehicle. As with any law, there are exceptions to the rules. The laws regarding lemon laws vary from state to state. Find out about the lemon laws NJ now.

Statutory Warranty Duration: There are seven different statutory warranty periods in New York. These periods start with the" manufacturer's warranty period" which covers new cars; continue through the" consumer warranty period" which covers new and used vehicles; and include "remanufactured" vehicles. Most states recognize a limited warranty period for new cars and extended warranties for used vehicles. Some states allow manufacturers to waive or limit the number of repair shops from which a vehicle can be taken under warranty. Visit: for more info about this law.

Written Warranty: A written warranty is required in New York. However, many states do not require manufacturers to provide a warranty on used cars. States that do require manufacturers to provide a written warranty on used cars include: Illinois, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, and Washington. Not every state allows consumers to have a written warranty on used cars. Some states may recognize a limited warranty period on certain models or provide consumers with alternative options such as "new or used."

Original Delivery: A used car must be delivered to the consumer within the period that the manufacturer outlined during the warranty period. In New York, a dealer may deliver a vehicle to a consumer within the same period if the dealer has fulfilled the requirements of the lemon law and all requirements of the "written warranty." A dealer that allows consumers to purchase a vehicle with an "As-Is" purchase or an "as-performed" warranty is subject to the provisions of the lemon law. The "written warranty" term is defined as a contract between a manufacturer and a dealer that states that the vehicle must be repaired or replaced under specific conditions and that damages for those repairs will be covered by the manufacturer.

Lease Options: Used cars that are financed through a dealership in New York are not subject to the provisions of the lemon law when purchasing from a private party. A leased vehicle does not have to be sold or traded in if it is purchased from a New York dealership. A lease option contract that is executed on a leased vehicle is considered a "lemon" under the Lemon Law if the vehicle is financed through the dealership. A leased vehicle is a motor vehicle that is owned by a lessee and is financed through the dealer's finance department. A leased car can be financed through a home equity loan, personal credit loan, a revolving credit account or a department store credit card. If a new vehicle is financed through a dealership, the finance charges and the trade-in value of the vehicle are limited to what can be determined by the dealer and what can be determined by the Lease Options Agreement.

Leasing: If a vehicle is financed through a New York leased dealer, then the vehicle will not be covered by the lemon law. This is true even if the dealer will finance the full retail price of the leased vehicle. This means that even though the leased vehicle might be substantially cheaper than the "locked-in" price at the end of the lease period, it cannot be considered a lemon. This provision of the lemon law allows new cars and used cars to be traded-in by their leasing agents, who are only required to provide a receipt. This provision of the lemon law also applies to cars that are returned by their leased auto dealer because of a mechanical defect. Click on this related article if you want to get more enlightened on this topic:

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