MGL c.90 Motor vehicles
- § 7N Lemon aid law (voiding sales contracts)
- § 7N 1/4 Used car lemon law
- § 7N 1/2 New car lemon law
- § 8 Work and family mobility act
Starting July 1, 2023, eligible residents in Massachusetts can obtain a Standard (Class D or M) driver's license, regardless of immigration status.
MGL c.90B, § 26 Minimum age is 14 to ride an ATV
MGL c.90D Certificate of title
MGL c.93K Right to repair law
MGL c.111, § 142M Motor vehicle emissions inspection and repair
MGL c.266, § 120D Removal of motor vehicles from private ways or property; penalties; liability for removal and storage charges; release of vehicle
MGL c.266, § 148 Sale of vehicle catalytic converters
St.2022, c.179, § 46 Bans the sale of new gas-powered vehicles (effective January 1, 2035)
Massachusetts executive orders
Executive Order 572: To promote the testing and deployment of highly automated driving technologies, October 2016.
Establishes a Special Working Group on Autonomous Vehicles to study and make recommendations for regulation of self-driving vehicles
Public Law 117 - 58 - Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
Includes a section titled “Advanced Impaired Driving Technology,” which directs the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to initiate the rulemaking process for setting a new automobile safety standard. This standard mandates that all new cars be equipped with "advanced drunk and impaired driving prevention technology" within three years of the issuance of the regulations.
- Auto resources, Mass. Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation.
Includes Lemon Laws, Buying and Selling, Auto Repair, Auto Insurance, and more.
- Auto warranties & service contracts, Federal Trade Commission.
"Can a dealer refuse to honor the warranty that came with your new car if someone else does the routine maintenance or repairs?" The FTC says no.
- Citizen's guide to the removal of motor vehicles from private property, Nantucket Police Department.
Explains the process for private citizens to follow in removing vehicles from their property.
- Learn about automated driving systems in Massachusetts, Mass. Dept. of Transportation.
Includes information self-driving vehicles, the Executive order, Testing and Safety.
- Massachusetts consumer guide: Mechanics of auto repair, Mass. Division of Standards.
Buying, selling, leasing, and donating
- Bill of sale This is a sample bill of sale from a private webpage. The Massachusetts RMV does not have an official form.
- Buying a used car, Mass. Legal Help.
Provides a detailed description of the steps involved in buying a used car: what to look for, how to negotiate, elements of a contract, and more.
- Donating a car to charity, Mass. Attorney General.
Provides "tips to consider when deciding whether to donate your car to charity."
- Should you buy or lease your car?, Mass. Legal Help.
Helpful information on deciding if a purchase or lease is best for you.
- What to know about buying or leasing a car, Mass. Attorney General.
Learn your rights and review important tips and advice such as : You do not have a 3-day right to cancel your purchase of a new or used vehicle.
Equipment and modifications
- The guide to legal car modifications in Massachusetts, Your Mechanic, 2016.
"From sounds to classic cars, the following information will make sure you know what to expect from the Massachusetts car modification laws."
- Massachusetts lift laws and vehicle equipment laws, Lift laws.com.
Includes information on lifts, tires, and other vehicle modifications.
- Massachusetts Vehicle Check, RMV and DEP.
What vehicles need to be inspected.
- A dealer’s guide to the Massachusetts used vehicle warranty law, Mass. Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation.
Extensive (over 50 page) guide to "ensure that new dealers coming into the marketplace are aware of their obligations under the law." Information is helpful to consumers as well.
- Gliottone v. Ford Motor Company, 95 Mass. App. Ct. 704 (2019)
"Expert testimony is not always required to demonstrate that a vehicle has a nonconformity. In many circumstances ... a rational juror, without an expert, can understand the facts necessary to decide whether a plaintiff has demonstrated an actionable defect or malfunction."
- Lemon laws, Mass. Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation.
Provides basic provisions of the new, leased, used, and failed inspection lemon laws. Information about private party sales, eligibility to receive compensation and applying for arbitration as well as a sample of final opportunity to repair letter.
Limited use and low speed vehicles
- MGL, c.90, §§ 1F-1I Low speed vehicles law
Low speed vehicles, Mass. RMV.
Low speed vehicles have certain requirements and restrictions you have to be aware of in order to drive them in Massachusetts.
Mechanic's garage and stored vehicle (garageman's) liens
- MGL c.255, § 25 Garage keepers lien
- MGL c.255, § 26 Enforcement of lien
- Involuntary transfers. Registry of Motor Vehicles.
Provides more information on Mechanic’s garage and stored vehicle liens. "To transfer ownership, a copy of the court order is always required."
- Procedural forms annotated, 6th edition (Mass. Practice vol. 10C), sec.114:5. Complaint—Garage keeper's lien for storage and repairs.
- Automobile recalls, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Provides recall information, including vehicle and equipment campaigns from 1966 to present.
Automobile fraud: odometer salvage, lemon laundering fraud, title abuses and yo-yo sales, 7th ed., NCLC, 2022.
Chapter 93A rights and remedies, 5th ed., MCLE, 2022, chapter 9.
The law of chapter 93A, 2nd edition, (Mass. practice v.52), Thomson/West, 2007 with supplement, section 9.3.
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