Massachusetts Lemon Law
When you drive your new car off the lot, you have the right to expect that it will run like a charm. For many people, however, the new car dream turns into a nightmare when defects start popping up. The good news is that Massachusetts lemon law protects consumers against car defects, and gives people a way to ensure that the manufacturer stands by its vehicle.
Massachusetts lemon law rules clearly define a lemon as a new vehicle with a defect that “substantially impairs the use, market value, or safety of the vehicle.” What does this mean? Essentially, it means that the problem has to be more serious than a paint chip or more annoying than a car alarm that goes off unexpectedly. To meet the “market value” criteria, for example, you have to prove that the problem makes the vehicle worth ten percent less than it would otherwise be worth.
The law isn’t clear on what constitutes substantial impairment of the use or safety of a vehicle. Clearly, problems like bad brakes or steering would meet the criteria, as would the sticky accelerators that have been the subject of so much news coverage recently.
Generally speaking, though, if the problem keeps you from driving the car, you may have a lemon and be eligible for a lemon buyback. MA car warranty law only kicks in, though, if the dealer can’t or won’t fix the problem. In other words, if you have a car defect that’s fixed once you take your vehicle in for repair, you don’t have a lemon. On the other hand, if you take your car in for repair time and time again, and the problem still doesn’t go away, you have grounds for a solid case against the manufacturer.
It’s difficult to know for certain whether or not you’re protected under Massachusetts lemon law. That’s why it’s important to consult with an attorney who specializes in lemon law. Lemon law lawyers are familiar with the nuances of MA lemon law, and can guide you every step of the way toward establishing that your vehicle is a lemon and getting the lemon buy back you deserve.
Best of all, engaging the services of a lemon law attorney should be free. This is because the law says that the automaker is responsible for paying your attorney fees should you prevail in a lawsuit. Most of the time, though, it doesn’t come to that. Usually, a good lemon law attorney will be able to negotiate a settlement on your behalf that will get rid of your lemon and compensate you for the hassles you’ve faced.