Massachusetts Lemon Laws
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A "lemon" is a new car that has a recurring problem or defect that the dealer is unable to correct after multiple repair attempts. State “lemon laws” offer protection for consumers who may otherwise be stuck with an inoperable or problematic vehicle. Massachusetts lemon laws are very similar to lemon laws in other states in that the dealer must replace a car or refund a consumer if it’s unable to remedy a major problem with an automobile within one year.
Learn more about Massachusetts lemon laws in the following table. You can also check out FindLaw's Lemon Law section and the below links for additional articles and resources.
|Massachusetts’ lemon laws are governed by Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 90, section 7N.|
|What is a “Lemon?”||A new or leased car with a defect that “substantially impairs the use, market value, or safety of the vehicle, and which has not bee repaired after a reasonable number of attempts.”|
|What is the Definition of “Defects”||Nonconformity with applicable express warranties or implied warranties. The defects must be serious.|
|Vehicles Covered by the Lemon Law||Cars, motorcycles, vans, or trucks purchased in Massachusetts from a new-car dealer are covered by the lemon law. The vehicle must be used for personal or family purposes. There are a number vehicles excluded from the lemon laws, including motorhomes, off-road vehicles, and business cars. Massachusetts lemon law also has a specific sections relating to used cars and “Lemon Aid.”|
Time Limit for Manufacturer Repair
The term of protection is one year or 15,000 miles of use from date of original delivery. If a car is resold during that time, it is still covered for the duration of the term of protection. That means, all defects and attempted repairs must occur within that time frame (with the exception of the manufacturer’s final repair attempt).
Manufacturer's may replace the defective car with vehicle acceptable to consumer or accept return and refund full for the contract price, including all credits and allowances for any trade-in vehicle (less a reasonable allowance for use).
Research the Law:
- Official State Codes - Links to the official online statutes (laws) in all 50 states and DC.
Related Resources for Lemon Laws:
- Lemon Laws and Car Buyer Protections
- Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation
- Massachusetts Department of Motor Vehicles
If you believe you have purchased a lemon and want to know more about your legal rights or how to proceed with opening a case, you may consider speaking with an experienced Massachusetts lemon law attorney.
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