It's a Sour Subject - Understanding the Bay State's Various Lemon Laws

March 2, 2009


The current economy has impacted the automotive industry. It is clear from current car advertisements on the television and the newspaper that it is a buyer's market. Some advertisements even go so far to acknowledge that there is no better time to purchase a car. Even with new and used car dealers anxious to make a sale, consumers should remain cautions when negotiating the purchase of a new and used car. In most cases, a car buyer will be thrilled with their purchase and happy with the service and attention they received from the dealer during the process. However, there are occasions where car buyers find that they have purchased a car otherwise known as a "lemon."

In Massachusetts, there are three so-called "lemon laws":

  1. The New and Leased Car Lemon Law;
  2. The Used Vehicle Warranty Law; and
  3. The Lemon Aid Law

The New and Leased Car Lemon Law

The New and Leased Car Lemon Law covers new motor vehicles sold or replaced in Massachusetts after January 1, 1984 by a dealer or manufacturer, as well as new motor vehicles leased in Massachusetts after July 1, 1997. Generally, ...

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by: Kevin V. Maltby, Esq.

March 2, 2009

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