Mississippi Lemon Law
Mississippi State Statutes
Title 63, Chapter 17, Sections 151 - 165
Motor Vehicle Warranty Enforcement Act
63-17-151 Short title.
Sections 63-17-151 et seq. shall be known and may be cited as the "Motor Vehicle
Warranty Enforcement Act".
63-17-153 Legislative findings and declaration of purpose.
The Legislature recognizes that a motor vehicle is a major consumer purchase and that a
defective motor vehicle creates a hardship for the consumer. The Legislature further
recognizes that a duly franchised motor vehicle dealer is an agent of the manufacturer. It
is the intent of the Legislature that a good faith motor vehicle warranty complaint by a
consumer should be resolved by the manufacturer, or its agent, within a specified period
of time. It is further the intent of the Legislature to provide the statutory procedures
whereby a consumer may receive a replacement motor vehicle, or a full refund, for a motor
vehicle which cannot be brought into conformity with the express warranty issued by the
manufacturer. However, nothing in Sections 63-17-153 et seq. shall in any way limit the
rights or remedies which are otherwise available to a consumer under any other law.
As used in Sections 63-17-151 et seq. the following terms shall have the following
(a) "Collateral charges" means those additional charges to a
consumer which are not directly attributable to the manufacturer's suggested retail
price label for the motor vehicle. For the purposes of Sections 63-17-151 et seq.
collateral charges shall include, but not be limited to, dealer preparation charges,
undercoating charges, transportation charges, towing charges, replacement car rental
costs and title charges.
(b) "Comparable motor vehicle" means an identical or reasonably
equivalent motor vehicle.
(c) "Consumer" means the purchaser, other than for purposes of
resale, of a motor vehicle, primarily used for personal, family, or household purposes,
and any person to whom such motor vehicle is transferred for the same purposes during
the duration of an express warranty applicable to such motor vehicle, and any other
person entitled by the terms of such warranty to enforce the obligations of the
(d) "Express warranty" means any written affirmation of fact or
promise made in connection with the sale of a motor vehicle by a supplier to a consumer
which relates to the nature of the material or workmanship and affirms or promises that
such material or workmanship is defect-free or will meet a specified level of
performance over a specified period of time. For the purposes of Sections 63-17-151 et
seq. express warranties do not include implied warranties.
(e) "Manufacturer" means a manufacturer or distributor as defined in
(f) "Motor vehicle" means a vehicle propelled by power other than
muscular power which is sold in this state, is operated over the public streets and
highways of this state and is used as a means of transporting persons or property, but
shall not include vehicles run only upon tracks, off-road vehicles, motorcycles, mopeds,
or parts and components of a motor home which were added on and/or assembled by the
manufacturer of the motor home. "Motor vehicle" shall include demonstrators or
lease-purchase vehicles as long as a manufacturer's warranty was issued as a condition
(g) "Purchase price" means the price which the consumer paid to the
manufacturer to purchase the motor vehicle in a cash sale or, if the motor vehicle is
purchased in a retail installment transaction, the cash sale price as defined in Section
63-17-157 Repair of nonconforming vehicle.
For the purposes of Sections 63-17-151 et seq., if a new motor vehicle does not conform
to all applicable express warranties, and the consumer reports the nonconformity to the
manufacturer or its agent during the term of such express warranties or during the period
of one (1) year following the date of original delivery of the motor vehicle to the
consumer, whichever period expires earlier, the manufacturer or its agent shall make such
repairs as are necessary to conform the vehicle to such express warranties,
notwithstanding the fact that such repairs are made after the expiration of such term or
such one-year period.
63-17-159. Replacement of vehicle or refund of purchase price.
Where nonconformity cannot be corrected; affirmative defenses; presumption of
reasonable attempts to conform vehicle to warranties; extension of warranties; notice
requirements relating to repair of nonconformity; civil actions.
(1) If the manufacturer or its agent cannot conform the motor vehicle to any
applicable express warranty by repairing or correcting any default or condition which
impairs the use, market value, or safety of the motor vehicle to the consumer after a
reasonable number of attempts, the manufacturer shall give the consumer the option of
having the manufacturer either replace the motor vehicle with a comparable motor vehicle
acceptable to the consumer, or take title of the vehicle from the consumer and refund to
the consumer the full purchase price, including all reasonably incurred collateral
charges, less a reasonable allowance for the consumer's use of the vehicle. The
subtraction of a reasonable allowance for use shall apply when either a replacement or
refund of the motor vehicle occurs. A reasonable allowance for use shall be that sum of
money arrived at by multiplying the number of miles the motor vehicle has been driven by
the consumer by Twenty Cents (20 per mile. Refunds shall be made to the consumer and
lien holder of record, if any, as their interests may appear.
(2) It shall be an affirmative defense to any claim under Sections 63-17-151
et seq. that:
(a) An alleged nonconformity does not impair the use, market value or safety
of the motor vehicle;
(b) A nonconformity is the result of abuse, neglect or unauthorized
modifications or alterations of a motor vehicle by a consumer;
(c) A claim by a consumer was not filed in good faith; or
(d) Any other affirmative defense allowed by law.
(3) It shall be presumed that a reasonable number of attempts have been
undertaken to conform a motor vehicle to the applicable express warranties if within the
terms, conditions or limitations of the express warranty, or during the period of one
(1) year following the date of original delivery of the motor vehicle to a consumer,
whichever expires earlier, either:
(a) Substantially the same nonconformity has been subject to repair three
(3) or more times by the manufacturer or its agent and such nonconformity continues to
(b) The vehicle is out of service by reason of repair of the nonconformity
by the manufacturer or its agent for a cumulative total of fifteen (15) or more
working days, exclusive of downtime for routine maintenance as prescribed by the
owner's manual, since the delivery of the vehicle to the consumer. The fifteen-day
period may be extended by any period of time during which repair services are not
available to the consumer because of conditions beyond the control of the manufacturer
or its agent.
(4) The terms, conditions or limitations of the express warranty, or the
period of one (1) year following the date of original delivery of the motor vehicle to a
consumer, whichever expires earlier, may be extended if the motor vehicle warranty
problem has been reported but has not been repaired by the manufacturer or its agent by
the expiration of the applicable time period.
(5) The manufacturer shall provide a list of the manufacturer's zone or
regional service office addresses in the owner's manual provided with the motor vehicle.
It shall be the responsibility of the consumer or his representative, prior to availing
himself of the provisions of this section, to give written notification to the
manufacturer of the need for the repair of the nonconformity, in order to allow the
manufacturer an opportunity to cure the alleged defect. The manufacturer shall
immediately notify the consumer of a reasonably accessible repair facility to conform
the vehicle to the express warranty. After delivery of the vehicle to the designated
repair facility by the consumer, the manufacturer shall have ten (10) working days to
conform the motor vehicle to the express warranty. Upon notification from the consumer
that the vehicle has not been conformed to the express warranty, the manufacturer shall
inform the consumer if an informal dispute settlement procedure has been established by
the manufacturer in accordance with Section 63-17-163, and provide the consumer with a
copy of the provisions of Sections 63-17-151 et seq. However, if prior notice by the
manufacturer of an informal dispute settlement procedure has been given, no further
notice is required. If the manufacturer fails to notify the consumer of the availability
of this informal dispute settlement procedure, the requirements of Section 63-17-163
shall not apply.
(6) Any action brought under Sections 63-17-151 et seq. shall be commenced
within one (1) year following expiration of the terms, conditions or limitations of the
express warranty, or within eighteen (18) months following the date of original delivery
of the motor vehicle to a consumer, whichever is earlier, or, if a consumer resorts to
an informal dispute settlement procedure as provided in Sections 63-17-151 et seq.,
within ninety (90) days following the final action of the panel.
(7) If a consumer finally prevails in any action brought under Sections
63-17-151 et seq., the court may allow him to recover as part of the judgment a sum
equal to the aggregate amount of costs and expenses, including attorney's fees based on
actual time expended, determined by the court to have been reasonably incurred by the
plaintiff for or in connection with the commencement and prosecution of such action.
63-17-161 Liability of consumer for bad faith claims.
Any claim by a consumer which is found by the court to have been filed in bad faith, or
solely for the purpose of harassment, or in complete absence of a justifiable issue of
either law or fact raised by the consumer, shall result in the consumer being liable for
all court costs incurred by the manufacturer or its agent as a direct result of the bad
63-17-163 Necessity for resort to informal dispute settlement procedure.
If a manufacturer has established an informal dispute settlement procedure which
complies in all respects with the provisions of 16 C.F.R., Part 703, the provisions of
Section 63-17-159 concerning refunds or replacements shall not apply to any consumer who
has not first resorted to such procedure.
63-17-165 Remedies for violations.
Any violation of Sections 63-17-151 et seq. shall be subject to the rights and remedies
as provided for by Chapter 24, Title 75, Mississippi Code of 1972.
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