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Auto Dealer Curbstoning

Looking for advice on how to stay in compliance with MA curbstoning laws while selling used cars online.
While I am in MA, I am licensed elsewhere. I have my own wholesale license in WA and I am also an Authorized Representative for a licensed FL retail dealership who authorize me to buy and sell on their behalf.
While I am building up my wholesale business I am planning to retail select cars online. I will be selling them as the FL retail dealer. I expect most retail buyers will be in MA since that's where my inventory is located.
I need to understand the "dos" and "don'ts" of transactions and marketing to make sure I don't break MA laws.
For example: Can I allow a MA customer to personally inspect the car? Can I conduct a transaction in person or does it all have to be online and by mail? Anything else I need to do or not do to avoid being considered retailing in MA?

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Submitted Mon, 02/08/2016 - 13:55

I am not sure what you mean by "curbstoning" laws. Massachusetts has both a robust long-arm statute and consumer protection laws. If you advertise to or sell to Massachusetts residents then you will be considered as doing business in Massachusetts. If you have a LLC or other similar company, you will have to register it with the MA secretary of State. Before you start selling vehicles in MA you should make yourself aware of both the used vehicle warranty laws and Ch. 93A consumer protection. More info here:

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