According to a recent article in The Boston Globe, the results of a new state survey suggest that used car dealers in Massachusetts have increased their efforts in attaching lemon law notice stickers to motor vehicles for sale in showrooms.
The survey checked 217 used and new car dealerships and examined approximately 6,400 cars. Surveyors discovered that dealerships for used cars are attaching lemon law notice stickers to approximately 62 percent of the appropriate cars, which is up from 49 percent in 2009, according to a press release from the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulations. Including dealerships selling new cars, overall compliance with Massachusetts law, which mandates each car on a lot for sale include information about lemon law rights of consumers, increased from 57 percent in 2009 to 63 percent in 2010.
Across the country in California, laws are similar to those in Massachusetts. A used car dealership in California is prohibited from misrepresenting a vehicle in order to increase the chances of selling the car. The dealer must also conduct an inspection of any motor vehicle before attempting to sell it to consumers. It is also required that dealerships alert potential purchasers if a car has previously been owned by a rental car company, been salvaged, or qualifies for any other California title brand.
No matter which state you reside in, purchasing a car, especially one that is used, is an important decision that requires you to do your homework. If you suspect that a used car dealer was dishonest with you and you are experiencing expensive car troubles as a result, you may want to get in touch with a used car lemon law attorney. Howard D. Silver protects the rights of consumers who have purchased used vehicles. Call 1-(855) 341-2611 to find out more about your legal rights and how compensation can be obtained on your behalf.