You waited a long time to get that gorgeous boat so you could spend afternoons on the lake and Saturdays boating in the Pacific Ocean. But then you realize something’s wrong with the engine and you’re spending more time in dry dock for repairs than you are on the water. What a disappointment! If this has happened to you, contact a boat lemon law lawyer at Neale & Fhima. There may be a legal remedy.
Many people don’t know this, but California’s Lemon Law, officially known as the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, applies to boats as well as your driving vehicles. This act was passed by the California General Assembly to protect unsuspecting consumers who buy defective boats and vehicles in good faith and don’t find out about the defects until after they sign the sales contract. The boat lemon law in California is consumer-friendly, and it was established to give boat buyers legal recourse if they’ve been stuck with a lemon. This means you don’t have to put up with a defective watercraft.
California has one of the most extensive boat lemon laws in the nation to ensure consumer protection. If it turns out that your watercraft is a lemon, your options are 1) to have the manufacturer repurchase or replace your boat or 2) negotiate a cash settlement with the boat manufacturer. Find out more in: What to Do if You Have a Lemon.
If you’ve recently purchased a vessel that turns out to be defective or has chronic mechanical problems, contact a boat lemon law attorney at Neale & Fhima. We offer a free initial consultation, so call us today at (888) 407-2955.
The Boat Lemon Law Claims Process
The California Lemon Law for Boats helps consumers who purchase watercraft with a defect, or series of defects, that compromise the safety, usefulness or resale value of the boat. Consumers can obtain relief by requiring boat manufacturers (such as Stingray, Jeanneau, Maritimo, Custom-Craft and many others) to replace or reimburse them for the vessel, including purchase price and cost of repairs. Your vessel may qualify under the law if boat dealers or authorized repair facilities could not adequately correct the defect after repeated attempts. The boat lemon law covers large and small vessels – from jet skis to yachts and everything in between. The process starts by sending a demand letter to your watercraft’s manufacturer. One of our boat lemon law attorneys at Neale & Fhima can do this on your behalf. At Neale & Fhima, we pride ourselves on creating legal strategies that win. We have achieved a 99% success rate on behalf of our clients. Find out more in: The Lemon Law Claims Process.
Our boat lemon law attorneys work on contingency, our fees are paid by the manufacturer as part of a settlement agreement or jury award. If for some reason your claim is not successful, then you owe us nothing.
When a Boat Is a Lemon
A “lemon” boat or watercraft is one that has constant issues needing repair or diminishes the value of your vessel. Whether it has leaks, faulty navigation, poor floatation or a motor that only starts once in a while, these boats suffer from chronic flaws no matter how many times you take them in for repairs. To qualify under the boat lemon law, you must have a warranty on your vessel. Find out more in: Do You Have a Lemon?
To prevail in a California Lemon Law claim, you will have to show that you made “reasonable attempts” to have your watercraft repaired by boat dealerships or certified boat repair facilities, so you will want to keep all receipts, work orders and used parts from every repair appointment. California law does not define “reasonable attempts” with precision, but there are guidelines that a boat lemon law attorney can explain in greater detail.
The statute of limitations under California’s Lemon Law for Boats is four years, but don’t wait that long. If you have purchased a lemon vessel, start collecting copies of your repair bills and call Neale & Fhima today at (888) 407-2955.
California’s Lemon Law Applies to Boats
Generally, any vessel sold with a valid warranty qualifies under California’s boat lemon law. This includes boats that do not have motors. Some types of vessels include:
- Jet skis
- Speed boats
- Sail boats
- Fishing boats
- Motor boats
- Pontoon boats
- Pleasure craft.
The Lemon Law in California stipulates that eligible vessels must have “nonconformities,” which are defined as any defect or malfunction that is covered by the boat manufacturer’s original warranty. Nonconformities compromise the use, value or safety of the watercraft. A skilled and experienced boat lemon law attorney can explain nonconformities in greater detail and help you decide whether or not you have a legal claim.
Call Our Attorneys Today
Our lemon law attorneys at Neale & Fhima are highly skilled and experienced. We’ve helped many boat owners by taking these cases to court and winning. There are a lot of attorneys out there, but here are a few of the reasons you should choose us:
- Experience. Our attorneys have more than 40 years of combined experience representing clients.
- Results. We have achieved a 99 percent success rate on behalf of our clients.
- Free Consultations. We will always discuss your watercraft situation with you in a free initial consultation before you make any decisions about a claim.
- Remote Availability. We settle most Lemon Law cases without our clients’ ever having to step into our office. If you live near one of our offices in Dana Point, San Diego, or Los Angeles, we welcome you to come meet with us in person. If you live somewhere else within the state, we’ll be happy to discuss over the phone.
If you have been stuck with a defective yacht, jet ski, pontoon, sailboat or other watercraft, you should talk to one of our boat lemon law attorneys. You don’t have to put up with repeated and unsuccessful trips to the boat repair shop. Call Neale & Fhima today at (888) 407-2955.