Rules relating to defective motor vehicles are dealt with in Title 10, Chapter 203-A Section 1161 et seq. This Chapter is known and cited as the “the Maine Lemon Law.” Nonconformity to all express warranties which significantly impairs use, safety, or value of vehicle is deemed to be a defect. According to Section 1163 of Maine lemon law, the time period for manufacturer repair is the term of the express warranties, or a period of three years following the date of original delivery of the motor vehicle to a consumer or during the first 18,000 miles of operation of that motor vehicle, whichever occurs the earliest. According to Section 1163 (2), it should be the duty of the manufacturer to either replace the motor vehicle with a comparable motor vehicle or accept return of the vehicle from the consumer and make a refund to the consumer. The refund includes full purchase price (or in case of lease, payments made so far) including any paid financing charges, all collateral charges, and incidentals, less reasonable allowance for use.
10 M.R.S. § 1163
1. REPAIR OF NONCONFORMITIES. If a motor vehicle does not conform to all express warranties, the manufacturer, its agent or authorized dealer shall make those repairs necessary to conform the vehicle to the express warranties if the consumer reports the nonconformity to the manufacturer, its agent or authorized dealer during the term of the express warranties, within a period of 3 years following the date of original delivery of the motor vehicle to a consumer or during the first 18,000 miles of operation of that motor vehicle, whichever occurs earliest. This obligation exists notwithstanding the fact that the repairs are made after the expiration of the appropriate time period.
10 M.R.S. § 1163
2. FAILURE TO MAKE EFFECTIVE REPAIR. If the manufacturer or its agents or authorized dealers are unable to conform the motor vehicle to any applicable express warranty by repairing or correcting any defect or condition, or combination of defects or conditions that substantially impairs the use, safety or value of the motor vehicle after a reasonable number of attempts, the manufacturer shall either replace the motor vehicle with a comparable motor vehicle or accept return of the vehicle from the consumer and make a refund to the consumer and lienholder, if any, as their interests may appear.