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The Motorcycle Lemon Law

How Do the Lemon Laws Protect My Motorcycle?

When you buy a motorcycle, you expect that the bike is going to work properly. If it doesn't, the motorcycle lemon law protects you. The law works in a very simple fashion...

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If the bike you purchased doesn't live up to the standards that the seller claimed it would, or to normal operating standards, you as the buyer are eligible for compensation for that motorcyle.

Motorcycle Lemon Law—Am I Covered?

In the past, it was much too easy for sellers to be untruthful about the motorcycles they were selling. Before lemon laws, there was no protection in place. However, it's now easier to make sure that you are compensated if you are sold a lemon motorcycle.

In the case of bikes, a lemon can mean many different things. It can be a motorcycle that has a manufacturing problem. It can be a used bike that was in a wreck, and was sold as if it had never been in a wreck.

A lemon can also be a motorcycle that was stolen and then sold for profit. (Because the seller doesn't know the condition of the bike, not telling you what you may be getting.)

Basically, like other things, a lemon motorcycle is one that is not what you thought you were buying in the first place.

What Should I Do About My Lemon Motorcycle?

Each state has its own lemon laws concerning motorcycles, and in most of them, all two-wheeled (and three-wheeled) motorized vehicles, like motor scooters and used motorcycles, can be considered lemons if they aren't as they should be.

Therefore, if you think that the motorcycle you bought was a lemon, there are some things that you need to do to make sure that you get your due compensation.

First, be aware that most states have timelines for filing a complaint about a lemon motorcycle. Therefore, as soon as you notice that there's something wrong with your bike, get it into a repair shop that will tell you exactly what is wrong, and whether it came to you that way.

Then, check your sales documents to be sure that those problems were not already declared. If there is something wrong with your bike and the seller didn't declare it, chances are that you are dealing with a lemon.

The second thing that you need to do is talk to a lemon law attorney (one who specializes in the lemon law) about the best way to file a complaint. This will help you get it done right within the required time frame.

You can avoid the need for the motorcycle lemon law by selecting your next motorcycle very carefully. For more information on motorcycle buying tips, click here.

And if you need motorcycle insurance, here are some tips on getting cheap motorcycle insurance.

NOTE:The information here is not legal advice and is only presented to you so you can know your options if you purchased a lemon. As with any legal issue, you should seek the advice of a qualified attorney.


 

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