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My New Boat is a Total Lemon. Can I Get My Money Back?

The Law & You
August 29, 2018

The Law and You

My New Boat is a Total Lemon. Can I Get My Money Back?

A viewer recently bought a boat. The contract said no warranties. When the viewer used the boat, it began to take on water. Can he get his money back? Attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli explain what he should do next.

Dave Kuharchik: The days of summer are slowly disappearing but we have got a boat-related question in this edition of “The Law & You.” We’re here in the virtual law center with Attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli. And you had to figure we would get the lake in here sooner or later.

Ed Ciarimboli: Oh you know it. Nobody loves the lake more than Skipper over here.

Dave: Ironically, it happens to be Harveys Lake too.

Greg Fellerman: How about that.

Dave: Let’s get to our question tonight. Jesse from Moosic says, “I bought a boat last week from a guy and the contract said no warranties. I took the boat to Harveys Lake and when I put it in, it immediately started taking on water. It’s a total lemon.” Can Jesse do anything about returning money from this apparently bad boat?

Ed: I’m going to let the captain handle this one. Captain?

Greg: I don’t think so. No warranties. I mean, does it have the magic word “as is?” I mean, you didn’t tell us in the contract but sometimes it’s buyer beware. You didn’t say if you test drove the boat if you took it out if you bought it sight unseen. I don’t know, we obviously need a little bit more facts. But in that world of used cars, there’s not a lot of warranties. Especially with a private sale. So, you’re lucky you didn’t sink the boat. I don’t think the Game Commission would like that. Sounds like you got it out ok. But probably take it to a good marine place, see if you can get it fixed.

Dave: And I’m sure if you’re on Harveys Lake and you run into trouble, Greg will show up.

Greg: Oh, we’ll help.

Ed: Greg’s the guy with the hat, he’s got the ascot on, he’s piling the boat out there.

Greg: I got my headphones on, t-shirt, jeans on.

Ed: Can’t miss him.

Dave: Right on Harveys Lake. All right, those that want to give you a call if they don’t catch you at the lake, how can they reach you?

Greg: Call us, 570-714-HURT. See us on the web, Social media, Facebook.

Ed: Snapchat, Instagram, LinkedIn.

Greg: Did you turn your Facebook back on yet?

Ed: It’s blowing up.

Dave: Greg is always on there showing off the docks, so you can check that out as well. All right, results matter. Attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimbol. Guys, we’ll see you next time.

Ed: Thanks.

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