California Boat & Watercraft Lemon Law Attorneys
Boats and watercraft enjoy the same protection as other consumer products under the California Lemon Law. The law applies to all forms of watercraft, not just the ones with engines. Sailboats have the same protection as jet skis and multi-million dollar yachts.
Like cars, motorcycles, and RVs, boats and watercraft sold with a manufacturer’s warranty are protected.
It goes without saying, of course, that what might be considered a minor defect in a car can be a serious, if not deadly, safety hazard on a boat. A continuing problem with a GPS in a car is an inconvenience, on a vessel it can mean you inadvertently end up in open water. Or on a shoal.
Protections are in place for boat owners. Take advantage of them– no one should have to put up with a lemon.
If you think you have a lemon – or think your boat or watercraft is headed that way – call Gayle Law Group PC - as soon as possible.
The team at Gayle Law Group PC uses its years of experience to help boat owners. We understand the intricacies of lemon law provisions. Moreover, we know what to expect when manufacturers are faced with a lemon claim.
Understand the window for bringing a boat lemon claim can close quickly.
Call the Gayle Law Group, PC as soon as possible for a Free Consultation.
A Boat a Lemon?
Simply, a boat or watercraft is a lemon if it was under the manufacturer’s warranty when you bought it; it doesn’t perform like it is supposed to; and you’ve tried several times to have it repaired and have been unsuccessful. Your boat or watercraft may be considered a lemon if:
- You own it and it is under warranty.
- The boat’s defect(s) are covered by the warranty.
- There is a ‘substantial defect’ that is a safety issue. Or the defect affects your use of the boat and/or its value.
- have brought the boat in for multiple repairs, but the problem persists.
- You haven’t done anything to cause or contribute to the problem. Modifications, an accident, or neglecting regular maintenance void the warranty.
Remedies for a Boat Lemon
California Boat Lemon Law remedies may include a repurchase or buyback of your boat or a replacement vessel.
In addition, regardless of the solution, the manufacturer is responsible for your attorney’s fees. Consumers pay nothing.
What to Do If You Think You Have a Lemon
Be safe. Stop using the boat. Don’t try to work ‘around’ the defect to stay on the water. It’s not worth the risk to you and your passengers and you may inadvertently void the warranty.
Call Gayle Law Group PC.
Then document everything.
You are the only one who can document what you are going through with your boat. Don’t expect help from the seller or manufacturer. Be proactive, always ask for receipts, copies of work orders, anything that pertains to the defect(s).
Even if they have not or cannot fix the problem ‘that day,’ ask for the invoice.
Get the name and title of everyone you’ve written or talked to and keep notes of every interaction.
Do that while the attorneys at the Gayle Law Group PC advise you on every step, walk you through the complexities of the lemon law, and deal with the manufacturer.
When a dealer, salesperson, manager, or manufacturer’s rep try to explain why your boat isn’t a lemon, pay them no mind. They’re not lawyers. They are, in fact, potential defendants in a lawsuit.
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If you think you have a lemon, or your vehicle is headed that way, call the Gayle Law Group, PC for a Free Consultation. We are experienced California Lemon Law attorneys who will help you get any compensation you may deserve. You will be treated with respect and your case will be taken seriously, no matter what the issue.