Life in Buffalo

Driving in New York State:  Buying a Car


Winter Driving

Buying a Car

Where can I get information about buying a car?

Are there any tips regarding buying a used car?

  • Get information about the market value of a used car at or
  • Take the car for a test drive
  • Have the car inspected by a reliable mechanic or AAA-approved repair shop before agreeing to buy it
  • Be sure to get a receipt
  • Get the “title” for the vehicle
  • Be aware of New York State 's “Lemon Laws”:
    NYS' new and used car lemon laws provide legal solutions for consumers who buy or lease cars. If a car does not live up to the written warranty and cannot be repaired--or if it has not been repaired correctly after a reasonable number of attempts--the consumer could receive a refund or replacement car.
    For information and assistance concerning New York 's Lemon Laws, visit or

More Important Information

  • Driving while intoxicated (“DWI”) is a very serious crime in New York State.
  • NYS law requires a “hands-free device” to use your cell phone in the car.
  • Texting while driving is against the law!
  • You must always wear your seat belt — it's the Law!
  • Know what to do if you get pulled over by the police. For more information, visit or pick up the brochure "What To Do When Stopped By the Police" in ISSS, Talbert Hall 210.