MAINE Lemon Law:
Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 10, §§ 1161 to 1169
Vehicles covered: Vehicles sold or leased in-state to convey passengers
or property; excludes vehicles over 8500 lbs. gross vehicle
weight used primarily for commercial purposes (§ 1161(3)).
Persons covered: Purchasers or lessees, transferees during express
warranty period, or any person entitled to enforce the warranty.
Excludes government, business or commercial enterprises with
three or more vehicles (§ 1161(1)).
Period covered: Whichever comes first: expiry of term of express
warranty, three years from date of delivery, or 18,000 miles
Disclosure requirements: Manufacturer must disclose in the warranty
or owner’s manual that written notification of a nonconformity
is required; include name and address (§ 1163(6)).
Required consumer notice: Written notification to the manufacturer,
its agent, or authorized dealer, if the manufacturer complied
with disclosure requirement (§ 1163(1), (3-A), (6-A)).
Repair requirements: It is presumed that a reasonable number of
attempts have been made if the same nonconformity is subjected to
three or more repairs, or if the vehicle is out of service for a
cumulative total of fifteen or more business days (§ 1163(3)). If the
nonconformity has resulted in a serious failure of the braking or
steering system, the presumption applies if the vehicle has been
subject to one or more repair attempts (§ 1163(A-2)). Final opportunity
to cure within seven days of receipt of required notice from
consumer (§ 1163(3-A)).
Affırmative defenses: Lack of impairment—the nonconformity
does not substantially impair the use, safety or value of the vehicle
(§ 1164(1)); abuse—the nonconformity is the result of the consumer’s
abuse, neglect, or unauthorized modifications or alterations
Replace/refund: At the consumer’s option, the manufacturer shall
replace with a new, comparable vehicle, or refund the full purchase
price less a reasonable use allowance (defined) (§ 1163(2)).
Other reimbursement: Refund of the purchase price, or if a lease,
payments made to date, collateral charges (defined), and costs
(§ 1163(2)). Attorney fees and costs (§ 1167).
Other remedies: There is no limit on other consumer remedies
(§ 1162(1)). Violation considered unfair and deceptive trade practice
Informal dispute resolution: For remedies under this section a
consumer must first use an informal dispute settlement procedure
established by the manufacturer, provided the procedure complies
with 16 C.F.R. pt. 703, or state-certified arbitration (defined in
§ 1169) (§ 1165).
Resale of lemon: Full disclosure required (§ 1163(7), (8)).