Lemon Law / Massachusetts Lemon Law
The MA Lemon Law applies to any new car, truck, or motorcycle purchased or leased for personal or family purposes from a new-car dealer in Massachusetts. The law protects consumers whose vehicles suffer a significant defect in the first 15,000 miles or 1 year, whichever comes first, and cannot be fixed despite three or more repair attempts.
The Lemon Law in MA also protects consumers whose vehicles are in the shop 15 or more business days (Monday-Friday) within the first year. These days do not have to be consecutive.
The maximum remedy under the Lemon Law in Massachusetts is a repurchase of the vehicle, including taxes, tags, and finance charges, minus a small mileage offset. Other remedies include partial refunds and continued ownership of the vehicle and/or extended manufacturer warranty protection. The remedy is based upon the severity of the situation.
Read the Massachusetts Lemon Law Statute.
Best of all, there are state and federal statutes which provide a fee-shifting provision. This means that, if the consumer prevails, the non-complying manufacturer will be responsible for all attorneys fees and legal costs on top of what the consumer receives.
Kimmel & Silverman provides 100% cost-free legal representation. Win or lose, our clients never pay a penny out of their pocket. Our firm has provided cost-free legal help to more than 100,000 consumers, recovering millions of dollars for our clients since 1991.
It's important to note that, even if your car falls outside of the limitations established by the Lemon Law in Massachusetts, there are still Federal Breach of Warranty Laws which may apply to your situation. If your car has an original or extended manufacturer's warranty and has a problem that can't be fixed after three repair attempts, chances are we can help you.
The Lemon Law and Federal Warranty Laws can be confusing and are open to numerous interpretations if you don't understand how it works. If you are driving a defective vehicle and you want to find out if you are entitled to cost-free legal help, feel free to submit a question online, or fill out our Get Rid Of Your Lemon worksheet for a free case evaluation. You can also call our toll-free hotline, 1-800-LEMON-LAW (1-800-536-6652).
The overwhelming majority of New England claims resolve through our pre-litigation program without any cost or fee to clients. Cases that do not resolve at that stage are fully investigated, vehicles inspected and then go forward by conventional means to be filed in Court, all without fees charged to the client.
In some cases, however, the client may qualify for an expedited program with a speedier resolution to the claim, but one that may carry certain costs and attorney fees. Before choosing an expedited program, check with our lawyers to see if your vehicle qualifies and/or whether it is something you should consider. Some people prefer one over the other.