A new bill was introduced yesterday to New York’s Assembly Insurance Committee that seeks to amend the state’s current insurance law to expand service contracts to include repairs of windshields to owners of leased vehicles. This, according to the bill, is to protect New York residents from paying lease-end charges for every day wear and tear, such as a chipped windshield.
The bill, NY A 8352, was sponsored by Kevin A. Cahill, the current chairman of the Standing Committee on Insurance.
“‘Service contract’ means a contract or agreement … for a specific duration to perform the repair … or indemnification for repair … due to a defect in materials or workmanship or wear and tear,” the proposed amendment reads. “… Such term shall also mean a contract or agreement made … by or for the supplier or seller of a service for repair of chips or cracks in a motor vehicle windshield, but not including services that involve the replacement of the entire windshield …”