Massachusetts Lemon Law Explained

September 25, 2009
By: Robert Silverman

We continue  with our “Get To Know Your Lemon Law” series, moving on to Massachusetts.  The Massachusetts Lemon Law covers vehicles that are purchased or leased in the Commonwealth from any new car dealer.  These include cars, trucks and motorcycles. In order to file a claim under the MA Lemon Law, you must have a defect that affects the use, value or safety which occurs in the first year or 15,000 miles, whichever comes first.  This defect must occur two additional times under the original manufacturers warranty as well. 

Massachusetts consumers are also protected if their car is in the shop for 15 business days within the first 1 year/15,000 miles period.  These days do not have to be consecutive, nor all to address the same problem.

The only exceptions here are off-road vehicles, those used primarily for commercial or business purposes, and auto-homes (ie RVs). 

Like always, even if you fall outside of the parameters of the Massachusetts Lemon Law, those with continued repairs under their original or extended manufacturers warranty would be entitled to monetary compensation, plus continued ownership of their vehicle, under Federal Warranty Laws.  Also, for those with used cars, there is statute 93a–the Massachusetts Used Car Lemon Law, which could come into play.

If you feel you have a potential claim in Massachusetts under State or Federal Law, feel free to contact us and we will be glad to review your situation and determine if and how we can help.  As always, the service is 100% cost-free.

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One Response to “Massachusetts Lemon Law Explained”

  1. #1 Bonnie Haskell says:

    I naught a used 200 Nissan maxima in September I paid 2500 for it first it was the brakes they did fix those free if charge a week ago I paid 300.00 to have the radiator replaced and now there’s a transmission problem also an exhaust problem was just wondering if under the lemon law if I could get another car from them one that actually runs halfway descent I don’t expect it to run like New but I would think that it wouldn’t be falling apart after 5 months I can’t afford to buy another car I had to take a loan from my 401k plan to buy this one please let me know if there’s anything that I can do about this problem thank you. BONNIE HASKELLm

    • State: Mass

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