Representing the Rights of Motorcycle Owners and Lessees Throughout California
California is a great place to own a motorcycle. If you live in the southern part of the state, you can ride year-round, and thousands of motorcyclists enjoy traveling along our miles of coastline each year. In addition, because California law does not prohibit lane-splitting, motorcycles often get through our famously congested traffic faster than passenger vehicles. Finally, motorcycles are significantly more fuel-efficient than cars, making them cost-effective options for many commuters.
With all of these benefits, a significant number of Californians purchase motorcycles to get from one place to another. Unfortunately, a significant number of Californians end up purchasing motorcycles that can only be described as lemons.
If you purchased a new or used motorcycle that came with the manufacturer’s warranty and have experienced significant problems with it, California’s lemon law, also known as the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, may entitle you to compensation. Discuss your options with an experienced attorney.
If you have a valid claim, you may get a new bike or a refund. To schedule a free consultation with an experienced California motorcycle lemon law attorney, call California Lemon Law Attorney – the Law Offices of Sotera L. Anderson today at 1-855-96-LEMON. If you prefer to contact her online, please fill out and submit her online contact form.
California Lemon Law for Motorcycles
In California, the lemon law applies not only to motor vehicles, but also to motorcycles (which the law refers to as “consumer goods”), though there are a few differences. Under the law that applies to motorcycles, manufacturers are allowed a reasonable number of attempts to repair a defect. If they are not able to repair it in a reasonable number of attempts, the consumer who purchased or leased the motorcycle may be entitled to relief, which may include a refund or replacement bike.
Signs That Your Motorcycle May Be a Lemon
Numerous defects could indicate your bike is a lemon. Of course, whether you are entitled to relief under the lemon law depends on whether the bike is under warranty, whether the manufacturer has attempted to fix the issue or issues, and whether those attempts succeeded. Defects that may indicate that your motorcycle is a lemon include:
- Stalling / cutting out
- No start / no crank conditions
- Oil leaks or sprays
- Lack of power
- Electrical system malfunctions
Document these issues and make note of any repair attempts that occur. Keep receipts and any other documentation you receive from the dealer—and do not expect them to keep those records for you. Finally, do not hesitate to talk to a lawyer about your situation. California’s consumer-friendly laws make it possible to consult with and retain a lemon lawyer at no cost to you.
Motorcycle Defects Can Be Serious
Motorcyclists are the most vulnerable motorists on the road. When motorcycle accidents occur, riders can sustain injuries that can damage them for the rest of their lives. Defects that a motorist could safely ignore for a time in a passenger vehicle like a car or truck present motorcyclists with extreme danger. Address any issues with your bike as soon as you realize they exist.
Contact Us to Schedule a Free Consultation With a California Lemon Law Lawyer
If you purchased a motorcycle with a manufacturer’s warranty and experienced significant problems with it, speak to an attorney as soon as possible. California lemon law attorney Sotera L. Anderson understands the frustrations you can encounter when a motorcycle you have purchased with your hard-earned money has presented you with consistent problems that the manufacturer or dealer cannot resolve. After all, when you buy a consumer product under warranty, you are buying it with the understanding that the manufacturer will fix certain issues at no cost to you—not that the purchase will require you to spend hours upon hours taking your bike to the shop for repairs that never seem to resolve the problems you experience.
Sotera L. Anderson practices exclusively in the area of lemon law and is dedicated to helping consumers protect their legal rights. As a former attorney for vehicle and motorcycle manufacturers and dealers, Sotera understands the methods by which these parties attempt to avoid liability and knows how to speak their language, maximizing your chances of obtaining a favorable resolution. To schedule a free consultation with Ms. Anderson, call her office today at 1-855-96-LEMON or contact us online.