Aston Martin Lagonda and an Aston Martin dealership in Waltham are racing at each other full speed in a dispute over whether the car company - whose cheapest model goes for $122,400 - can open another dealership in Wayland.
Aston Martin of New England on Linden Street in Waltham, says the plan would cut its sales dramatically and wants $3 million in damages. The dealership is currently the only place in all of New England to buy a new Aston Martin.
The car company says the proposed dealership is just outside the eight-mile distance set in state law for spacing car dealerships (why, yes, of course, Massachusetts has a law that specifies how far apart dealerships for the same manufacturer can be) and so Aston Martin of New England can, as the British would say, stuff it.
The dealership says the new dealership would violate its franchise agreement with the car company and tried to invoke an arbitration clause in the agreement. The car company says the arbitration clause only comes into effect if it also agrees to arbitration, and it doesn't, so it filed suit against the dealership yesterday in US District Court in Boston, seeking a legal ruling that it's free to do whatever it wants outside of that eight-mile radius.
Ed. note: The company doesn't say where the new dealership would be, but it must be on the Sudbury side of Wayland, since the distance from the Waltham dealership to Wayland Center is, according to Google Maps, 7.6 miles.
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