Pennsylvania Enacts Legislation Requiring Disclosure of Pre-Sale Damage

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January 1, 2004

Pennsylvania's New Motor Vehicle Damage Disclosure Act (73 P. S. § 1970.1 et seq.) became effective June 28, 2000. The purpose of the Act is to assure that purchasers of new vehicles are made aware of any repairs made to their vehicle before they take title to it. Unlike many of Pennsylvania's laws relating to "motor vehicles," including the Lemon Law, this Act specifically includes motor homes within its scope. The Act requires a dealer to disclose damage or other repairs for which the repair cost exceeds $500.00 or 3% of the manufacturer's suggested retail price, whichever is greater. However, with respect to motor homes, the Act provides the value of the living quarters portion of the vehicle is not to be included in the calculation process. Interestingly, the Act does not specify whether repairs to the living quarters portion of the vehicle are exempt from the disclosure requirement, leaving this open to question.

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