The purchase of a new watercraft, such as a pontoon boat, motorboat, sail boat, or jet ski can provide an exciting recreational experience, but these vessels involve a significant investment. Consumers who spend thousands or tens of thousands of dollars on a watercraft find it frustrating to continually take the boat back to the dealer because of persistent mechanical or safety issues and defects. Our boat lemon law attorneys represent consumers stuck with lemon vessels. Depending on your circumstances and state, you might be entitled to a replacement boat, refund of what you have paid, or settlement for a partial refund.
Don't Navigate Your Situation Alone
The purchase of a new water vessel, such as a boat, pontoon, sailboat, or jet ski is as exciting as it sounds but it can be a big financial undertaking if your reading this, you probably already know that. If you are a consumer who has spent thousands on the purchase of a new water vessel and is continually taking it back to the dealership because of persisting defects, safety issues or mechanical problems, you are not alone. In Illinois, like many states, the Illinois Lemon Law Statute, is only limited to cars, trucks, and SUVs, but there are other legal options for consumers with an apparent lemon of a boat. At the Law Office of Douglas R. Johnson, we have effectively and successfully represented boat owners of new boats that are defective and utilized other laws available to consumers who have purchased a boat and other large consumer products which are not automobiles. In many respects, the Magnuson-Moss Act is very similar to the Lemon Law Act in Illinois and requires a manufacturer to repair a defective product under warranty and if they are unable or unwilling to do so, the manufacturer will be liable for damages and can be ordered by a court to buy back the product or replace it.
Are Boats Covered under State Lemon Laws?
You want to go sailing, take your friends and family out in a motorboat, or go fishing. What legal recourse do you have against a company that refuses to honor its warranty and replace or refund your boat? The issue seems to be even worse with products like boats. There could be multiple warranties for the same boat, depending on what company manufactured different parts of it. The engine could be warrantied separately from the rest of the boat. There are also different types of warranty.
And a grave reminder that spending money on leisure can cause the stressful opposite. Sellers who want to pull a fast one will advocate for an out-of-water test. However, any used boat that still has years left of fishing, water sports and recreation should be able to perform in its environment. Another question that should always be asked is to see the service record. Problematic trends and lack of services appear in paperwork so that you can tell if a boat was looked after or left to rot. Lucky for potential boat buyers, there are significant ways to tell if a used boat will sink your wallet before making the big purchase. The gel coat is the history book of the boat. Look out for cuts in the fiberglass beyond a few inches deep. These could show structural damage below the surface.