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Section 63-17-103

§ 63-17-103. Restrictions on right to advertise motor vehicle as new; enforcement of restriction.

  1. Nothing in the Mississippi Motor Vehicle Commission Law shall be construed to prohibit the sale of a new motor vehicle by any person who is not required to be licensed under said law. However, only a motor vehicle dealer as defined in Section 63-17-55 shall have the right to advertise or represent, publicly or otherwise, that a motor vehicle is new in connection with its sale, exchange or other disposition. Any person who is not such a motor vehicle dealer and who advertises or represents that a motor vehicle is new in connection with its sale, exchange or other disposition shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be punished in the manner provided for by Section 63-17-105. However, nothing in this section shall apply to (a) any lease by a motor vehicle manufacturer operating a project as defined in Section 57-75-5(f)(iv)1 of three (3) or fewer motor vehicles at any one time and related vehicle maintenance, of any line of vehicle produced by the manufacturer or its subsidiaries, to any one (1) employee of the motor vehicle manufacturer on a direct basis, or any sale or other disposition of such motor vehicles by the motor vehicle manufacturer at the end of a lease through direct sales to employees of the manufacturer or through an open auction or auction limited to dealers of the manufacturer's vehicle line or its subsidiaries' vehicle lines; or (b) any sale or other disposition by such a motor vehicle manufacturer of motor vehicles for which the manufacturer obtained distinguishing number tags under Section 27-19-309(8).
  2. Any person who violates the provisions of subsection (1) of this section may be enjoined from further violations of such provisions by writ of injunction issued out of a court of equity upon a bill filed in the name of the state by the Attorney General, or any district or county attorney whose duty requires him to prosecute criminal cases on behalf of the state, in the county where such violation occurred.

SOURCES: Codes, 1942, § 8071.7-10; Laws, 1970, ch. 478, § 10; Laws, 1977, ch. 411, § 5; reenacted, 1983, ch. 344, § 27; reenacted without change, 1991, ch. 305, § 27; Laws, 2000, 3rd Ex Sess, ch. 1, § 21, eff from and after passage (approved Nov. 6, 2000.)