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New Jersey Boat Repair Rules

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NEW JERSEY BOAT REPAIR REGULATIONS, ALSO CALLED THE NEW JERSEY WATERCRAFT REGULATIONS

SUBCHAPTER 23. DECEPTIVE PRACTICES CONCERNING WATERCRAFT REPAIR
13:45A-23.1 Definitions
“Customer” means the owner, or any family member, employee or any other person whose use of the watercraft is authorized by the owner.
“Director” means the Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs.
“Repair of watercraft” means all maintenance and repair to such watercraft, its engine or motor, but excluding lubrication,
oil changes, installing light bulbs, and other such minor accessories and services. No service or accessory to be installed
shall be excluded for purpose of this rule if the Director determines that the performance of the service or the installation of an accessory requires mechanical expertise has given rise to a high incidence of fraud or deceptive practices or involves a part of such watercraft essential to its safe operation.
“Watercraft” includes but is not limited to any craft, boat or vessel, powerboat, sailboat, motor sailer, mono hull, catamaran
or trimaran, documented or registered (if required) in the State of New Jersey or by any other agency having authority to
document or register watercraft.
“Watercraft repair dealer” means any person who, for compensation, engages in the business of performing or employing
persons who perform maintenance, diagnosis or repair services on any watercraft, its propulsion system (internal combustion
or electrical, inboard or outboard) or the replacement of parts including, but not limited to, hull planking, fiberglass
sections and standing rigging, and shall include, but not be limited to, boat dealers, repair shops (fixed, mobile or marina) and
marinas where such maintenance, diagnosis or repair services are available. Excluded are those persons who engage in the
business of repairing watercraft of commercial or industrial establishments or government agencies, under contract or otherwise,
but only with respect to such accounts.
13:45A-23.2 Deceptive practices: watercraft repairs
(a) Without limiting the prosecution of any other practices which may be unlawful under the Consumer Fraud Act,
N.J.S.A. 56:8-1 et seq., and to afford customers of watercraft repair dealers similar rights and protections afforded to
customers of automotive repair dealers, N.J.A.C. 13:45A-7.1 et seq., the following acts or omissions shall be deceptive
practices in the conduct of the business of a watercraft repair dealer, whether such act or omission is done by the
watercraft repair dealer, its employees, agents, partners, officers, or members, or by any third party who performs
such service at the request of the watercraft repair dealer.
1. Making or authorizing in any manner or by any means whatever any statement, written or oral, which is untrue
or misleading, and which is known or, which by the exercise of reasonable care should be known to be untrue
or misleading.
2. Commencing work for compensation without securing one of the following:
i. Specific written authorization from the customer which states the nature of the repair requested or problem
presented; or
ii. If the customer’s watercraft or any part thereof as defined in N.J.A.C. 13:45A-22.1 is presented to the
watercraft repair dealer during other than normal working hours or by one other than the customer, or in
other than distress circumstances, oral authorization from the customer to proceed with the requested repair
or problem presented, evidenced by a notation on the repair order and/or invoice of the repair requested or
problem presented, date, time, name of person granting such authorization and the telephone number if any,
at which said person was contacted.
3. Commencing work for compensation without either:
i. One of the following:
(1) Providing the customer with a written estimated price to complete the repair quoted in terms of a
not-to-exceed figure; or
(2) Providing the customer with a written estimated price quoted as a detailed breakdown of parts and labor
necessary to complete the repair. If the dealer makes a diagnostic examination, the dealer has a right to
furnish such estimate in a reasonable period of time thereafter, and to charge the customer for the cost of
diagnosis. Such diagnosis charge must be agreed to in advance by the customer. No cost of diagnosis
which would have been incurred in accomplishing the repair shall be billed twice if the customer elects
to have the dealer make the repair. Should it be necessary to haul the watercraft and or transport it to the
repair facility where the maintenance, diagnosis or estimate is to be made (in all but distress circumstances),
charges for such hauling and/or transportation shall be disclosed in advance and itemized
separately on the estimate or invoice; or
(3) Providing the customer with a written estimated price to complete a specific repair, for example “repack
stuffing box”; or
(4) Obtaining from the customer a written authorization to proceed with repairs not in excess of a specific
dollar amount. For the purpose of this subchapter, said dollar amount shall be deemed the estimated
price of repairs; or
(5) If the customer waives his right to a written estimate in a written statement, signed by the customer
obtaining from the customer oral approval of an estimated price of repairs evidenced by a notation on
the repair or invoice of the estimated price of repairs, date, time, name of person approving such estimate,
and the telephone number if any, at which such person was contacted; or
ii. If the customer’s watercraft or any part thereof as defined in N.J.A.C. 13:45A-22.1 is presented to the repair
dealer during other than normal working hours or by one other than the customer, obtaining from the customer
either:
(1) A written authorization to proceed with repairs not in excess of a specific dollar amount. For the purpose
of this subchapter, said dollar amount shall be deemed the estimated price of repairs; or
(2) Oral approval of an estimated price of repairs evidenced by a notation on the repair order or invoice of
the estimated price of repairs, date, time, name of person approving such estimate and the telephone
number, if any, at which such person was contacted.
4. Failure to provide a customer with a copy of any receipt or document signed by him, when he signs it.
5. Making false promises of a character likely to influence, persuade or induce a customer to authorize the repair,
diagnosis, service or maintenance of any craft or its propulsion system.
6. Charging the customer for work done or parts supplied in excess of any estimated price given, without the oral
or written consent of the customer, which shall be obtained after it is determined that the estimated price is
insufficient and before the work not estimated is done or the parts not estimated are supplied. If such consent
is oral, the watercraft repair dealer shall make a notation on the repair order and the invoice of the date, time,
name of person authorizing the additional repairs and the telephone number called, if any, together with a
specification of the additional parts and labor and total additional cost. The watercraft repair dealer shall obtain
the consent of any customer before any additional work not estimated is done or parts not estimated are supplied.
7. Failure to return replaced parts to the customer at the time of completion of work, provided that the customer,
before work is commenced, requests such return, and provided that the parts, by virtue of their size, weight or
other similar factors, are not impractical to return. Those parts and components, that are replaced and that are
sold on an exchange basis and those parts that are required to be returned by the watercraft repair dealer to the
manufacturer or distributor, are exempt from the provisions of this section.
8. Failure to record on an invoice all repair work performed by a watercraft repair dealer or for a customer,
itemizing separately the charges for parts and labor, and clearly stating whether any new, rebuilt, reconditioned
or used parts have been supplied. A legible copy shall be given to the customer.
9. The failure to deliver to the customer, with the invoice, a legible written copy of all guaranties, itemizing the
parts, components and labor represented to be covered by such guaranty or in the alternative, delivery to the
customer of a guaranty covering all parts, components and labor supplied pursuant to a particular repair order.
A guaranty shall be deemed false and misleading unless it conspicuously and clearly discloses in writing the
following:
i. The nature and extent of the guaranty including a description of all parts, characteristics or properties covered
by or excluded from the guaranty, the duration of the guaranty and what must be done by a claimant
before the guarantor will fulfill his obligation (such as returning the product and paying service or labor
charges); and
ii. The manner in which the guarantor will perform. The guarantor shall state all conditions and limitations and
exactly what the guarantor will do under the guaranty, such as repair, replacement or refund. If the guarantor
or recipient has an option as to what may satisfy the guaranty, this must be clearly stated; and
iii. The guarantor’s identity and address shall be clearly revealed in any documents evidencing the guaranty.
10. Failure to clearly and conspicuously disclose the fact that a guaranty provides for adjustment on a pro rata
basis, and the basis upon which the guaranty will be pro-rated; that is, the time, the part, component or item
repaired has been used and in what manner the guarantor will perform. If adjustments are based on the price
other than that paid by the customer, clear disclosure must be made of the amount. However, a fictitious price
must not be used even where the sum is adequately disclosed.
11. Failure to post in a conspicuous place a sign informing the customer that the watercraft repair dealer is obligated
to provide a written estimate when the customer physically presents such watercraft to the dealer during
normal working hours and, in any event, before work is commenced except in distress circumstances. In
addition, copies of any receipts or document signed by the customer, a detailed invoice, a written copy of any
guaranty and the return of any replaced parts that have been requested must be provided. The sign is to read as
follows:
“A CUSTOMER OF THIS ESTABLISHMENT IS ENTITLED TO:
1. When a watercraft, its propulsion system (internal combustion, electrical, inboard or outboard) or any part
thereof is presented during normal working hours, and in any event before work begins, a written estimate
price stated either:
(A) PRICE NOT TO EXCEED $and given without charge; or
(B) As an exact figure broken down as to hauling, transporting, parts and labor. This establishment has the
right to charge you for this diagnostic service, although, if you then have the repair done here you will
not be charged twice for any part of such charge necessary to make the repair.
(C) As an exact figure to complete a specific repair.
2. For your protection, you may waive your right to an estimate only by signing a written waiver.
3. Require that this establishment not start work on your watercraft, its propulsion system (internal combustion,
electrical, inboard or outboard) or any part thereof until you sign an authorization stating the nature of
the repair or problem if you physically present the watercraft here during normal working hours.
4. A detailed invoice stating charges for parts and labor separately and whether any new, rebuilt, reconditioned
or used parts have been supplied.
5. The replaced parts, if requested before work is commenced, unless their size, weight or similar factors make
return of the parts impractical.
6. A written copy of any guaranty.”
12. Nothing in this section shall be construed as requiring a watercraft repair dealer to provide a written estimate if
the dealer does not agree to do the repair.
13. Any other unconscionable commercial practice prohibited pursuant to N.J.S.A. 56:8-1 et seq.

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WHY SHOULD NEW JERSEY PRO SE PLAINTIFFS AND NEW JERSEY PRO SE DEFENDANTS SEEK HELP FROM A NEW JERSEY LAWYER?
Handling your New Jersey case wrong from the beginning may only cost you more money and time in the end!! Do it right the first time by seeking legal advice from a competent New Jersey lawyer!
Many New Jersey pro se plaintiffs and New Jersey pro se defendants make the mistake of not consulting a New Jersey lawyer before filing New Jersey Court papers only to later learn that the New Jersey pro se plaintiffs and New Jersey pro se defendants made serious mistakes that could cause them to lose their New Jersey case. Let the Law Office of Paul DePetris help you with your New Jersey case.

CAN I RELY ON NEW JERSEY COURT PERSONNEL FOR LEGAL ADVICE?
New Jersey Court employees cannot give you “free” legal advice and a New Jersey Court judge may refuse to let you claim that you were right in taking an action (or in deciding not to take action) because you relied on advice from such employees. Most New Jersey Court employees are not trained New Jersey attorneys and therefore, they may not know what advice to give you. Working at the New Jersey Court as a non-judge is not the same as practicing law.

CAN I RELY ON NEW JERSEY COURT FORMS PROVIDED BY THE NEW JERSEY COURT?
The New Jersey Court usually provides certain types of New Jersey Court legal forms to the public and those forms are often very helpful. However, beware relying on New Jersey Court forms provided by the New Jersey Court – the New Jersey Court forms are often deceptively simple, while New Jersey cases often are much more complex than they first appear to be. There is simply no substitute for a competent New Jersey attorney licensed to practice law in New Jersey who has experience handling New Jersey cases. New Jersey Court forms don’t talk and New Jersey Court forms and their directions rarely, if ever, cover every possible situation, set of facts or legal issue that may arise in a New Jersey case. Each New Jersey case has its own particular legal issues and therefore, its own challenges. If you can afford a competent New Jersey attorney, it is best to have the New Jersey attorney prepare your New Jersey Court paperwork for you.

CAN I HANDLE A NEW JERSEY CASE MYSELF?
Many New Jersey pro se plaintiffs and New Jersey pro se defendants can and do successfully handle New Jersey cases, from filing the first paperwork to the collection of a New Jersey Court judgment. However, many other New Jersey pro se plaintiffs and New Jersey pro se defendants also make mistakes that lead to the dismissal of their New Jersey cases or that result in the entry of a New Jersey Court money judgment against them. The greater the money at stake, the greater the reason to consider using the services of a competent attorney licensed to practice law in New Jersey to handle part or all of the New Jersey case. The following are reasons to use an attorney to handle part or all of your New Jersey case:
• New Jersey Court fees often change
• New Jersey Court rules often change
• New Jersey Court employees cannot give you “free” legal advice and a New Jersey Court judge may refuse to let you claim that you were right in taking an action (or in deciding not to take action) because you relied on advice from such employees
• New Jersey Court forms available on websites may not cover every situation you may face in Court
• each New Jersey case has its own particular legal issues and therefore, its own challenges
• it is very common for New Jersey pro se plaintiffs and New Jersey pro se defendants to file inadequate or incorrect New Jersey Court complaints that result in the New Jersey Court complaints or answers to New Jersey Court complaints being rejected by the New Jersey Court or being dismissed by the New Jersey Court after filing and before or after trial because of procedural deficiencies.
• it is not uncommon for judges to get very frustrated by an unrepresented party’s lack of preparation or ignorance of the facts or law of the New Jersey case.
• a Court has the power to punish unprepared New Jersey plaintiffs and New Jersey defendants, such as by throwing their New Jersey case out of Court or limiting what they can present at the New Jersey Court trial.
• New Jersey has many published cases, laws, regulations, Court rules and rules of evidence that can be very tricky to understand and that can be used to prevent you from doing much of what you want to do at the New Jersey Court trial.
• it is very common for Courts to refuse to allow a party to use or refer to documents or items at the New Jersey Court trial that the person themselves never prepared. Often New Jersey plaintiffs and New Jersey defendants stumble into New Jersey Court with a video, photograph, bill or affidavit or other form of written statement, thinking they are going to use it as proof that they lost money or that they are not responsible for someone else’s damages, only to have a New Jersey Court judge tell the New Jersey plaintiffs and New Jersey defendants that it is not going to even consider such items or documents.
• without the proper preparation, items and documents may never be considered by the New Jersey Court. Also, if there are any legal issues to be dealt with at the New Jersey Court trial, you must be prepared to argue them, which may require you to refer to Court rules, evidence rules, laws, regulations or published cases.
• you cannot show up at the New Jersey Court expecting the judge hearing your New Jersey case to explain Court rules, evidence rules, Court procedure or the details of the law that applies to your New Jersey case. The judge hearing your New Jersey case is not permitted to give you legal advice.

It is important to remember that even if you have an attorney, you could lose your New Jersey case. Hiring an attorney to handle part or all of your New Jersey case does not guarantee your success. However, it may provide what is needed to win your New Jersey case or to avoid certain mistakes.

DOES THE LAW OFFICE OF PAUL DEPETRIS HAVE EXPERIENCE HANDLING NEW JERSEY CASES?
Yes. Paul DePetris has performed the following tasks:
• handled New Jersey cases for plaintiffs and defendants across New Jersey, from Bergen County New Jersey to Cumberland County New Jersey, including representations of individuals, small businesses and large corporations.
• settled New Jersey cases for plaintiffs and defendants across New Jersey.
• reviewed many New Jersey Court settlement agreements.
• enforced many New Jersey Court settlement agreements.
• provided New Jersey pro se plaintiffs and New Jersey pro se defendants with New Jersey Court legal advice and prepared New Jersey Court legal forms
• prepared and filed many New Jersey Court complaints
• tried New Jersey Court jury trials
• mediated many New Jersey cases
• argued New Jersey Court motions
• handled New Jersey Court proof hearings
• handled New Jersey Court post judgment collection proceedings

Mr. DePetris has appeared before the Superior Court of New Jersey in the following counties:
• Atlantic County New Jersey Court
• Bergen County New Jersey Court
• Burlington County New Jersey Court
• Camden County New Jersey Court
• Cape May County New Jersey Court
• Cumberland County New Jersey Court
• Essex County New Jersey Court
• Gloucester County New Jersey Court
• Hudson County New Jersey Court
• Mercer County New Jersey Court
• Middlesex County New Jersey Court
• Monmouth County New Jersey Court
• Morris County New Jersey Court
• Ocean County New Jersey Court
• Passaic County New Jersey Court
• Salem County New Jersey Court
• Somerset County New Jersey Court
• Sussex County New Jersey Court
• Union County New Jersey Court
• Warren County New Jersey Court

IN WHAT NEW JERSEY COUNTIES WILL THE LAW OFFICE OF PAUL DEPETRIS HANDLE NEW JERSEY CASES?
The Law Office of Paul DePetris offers to handle and help individuals and businesses with New Jersey Court Claims cases in North, Central and Southern New Jersey, including cases in the following New Jersey counties:
• Atlantic County New Jersey Court
• Bergen County New Jersey Court
• Burlington County New Jersey Court
• Camden County New Jersey Court
• Cape May County New Jersey Court
• Cumberland County New Jersey Court
• Essex County New Jersey Court
• Gloucester County New Jersey Court
• Hudson County New Jersey Court
• Mercer County New Jersey Court
• Middlesex County New Jersey Court
• Monmouth County New Jersey Court
• Morris County New Jersey Court
• Ocean County New Jersey Court
• Passaic County New Jersey Court
• Salem County New Jersey Court
• Somerset County New Jersey Court
• Sussex County New Jersey Court
• Union County New Jersey Court
• Warren County New Jersey Court

WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO HIRE AN ATTORNEY TO HANDLE MY NEW JERSEY CASE FROM BEGINNING TO END?
In many situations, the Law Office of Paul DePetris offers alternatives to handling New Jersey cases for an hourly fee, such as by offering to handle your New Jersey case up to trial for a fixed fee or to help you handle your New Jersey case by yourself. Such flexible methods may allow you to keep the amount legal fees you spend on your New Jersey case to a fixed sum, while providing you the help you need to handle your New Jersey case. For a no obligation phone consultation about what the Firm might be able to do for you, call Mr. DePetris at 609-714-2020 or send an email to Mr. DePetris.
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