Lemon Law: Your Car Might Be Covered

August 28, 2017 – The Massachusetts Lemon Law protects consumers from serious defects in their new vehicle. The law defines a lemon as “a new or leased motor vehicle that has a defect which substantially impairs the use, market value, or safety of the vehicle and which has not been repaired after a reasonable number of attempts.”  Here are some facts you should know about this consumer protection law:

  • You must be able to demonstrate specifically how the vehicle is substantially impaired by the defect.
  • Vehicles that are covered by the lemon law are any new car, motorcycle, van or truck bought in Massachusetts from a new-car dealer for personal purposes.
  • These vehicles are covered by the law for one year after its purchase or when the car reaches 15,000 miles, whichever comes first. The law also covers vehicles that were resold during the one-year period or 15,000 miles term-of protection. It also covers new vehicles leased after July 1, 1997.
  • The Lemon Law also gives manufacturers a chance to repair the vehicle up to 3 separate times.

It is very important to receive repair reports after each repair just in case legal action needs to be taken. This will establish a record of the manufacturer trying to fix the vehicle.

More information about the Lemon Law can be found at http://www.mass.gov/ocabr/consumer-rights-and-resources/autos/lemon-laws/new-leased-lemon-law.html.  If you would like to speak with a lawyer, please contact the Boston Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service at 617-742-0625 or submit an online request form here today!