Wednesday

Baltimore Sun Quotes Burdge on Lemon Laws


The Baltimore Sun newspaper reporter's Dan Thanh Dang interviewed Lemon Law attorney Ron Burdge on Motorcycle Lemon Laws for a recent news article. She also blogs for the newspaper on Consumer Interests.

Focusing on a typical motorcycle buyer's defective bike, the Motorcycle Lemon Law article included a discussion of "Do's and Don'ts" to help consumers become more aware of how to handle a bad bike dispute with the manufacturer and dealer.

Speaking of common misperceptions and misunderstandings, Burdge said "Most people think they are automatically covered but the amount of lemon law coverage you have might depend on the number of wheels you have. Four wheels? You're probably covered. Three? Probably not. Two wheels, it's 50-50. A lot states don't cover motorcycles."

That's one of the problems with some state lemon laws. There's no real uniformity of vehicle coverage. Some states only cover cars and trucks. Others add light Rv's. Some cover motorcycles and a few state Lemon Laws will coverAtv's too. Some states require that you be a resident of their state in order to use their state Lemon Law, even if you bought the vehicle there. Other state Lemon Laws don't require residency. Some states require a useage deduction from your refund while others don't.

You have to be careful not just on what you buy but also where you buy it. If you live in a state whose Lemon Law doesn't cover motorcycles, then for now our advice is don't buy one there. Look around for a nearby state Lemon Law that will cover them and that also doesn't require residency in order to use their law. That way you don't waste your money.

The odds are you won't get a bad bike, but if you do, you can get terribly stuck if you don't have any Lemon Law rights.

Meanwhile, if you've got a lemon motorcycle, email or call us now. We know how to get rid of them. It's what we've been doing for 30 years.