Before you can go after someone for doing something wrong, such as the dealer for improperly repairing the machine, you need someone else (a Yamaha PWC expert in your case) to look at the machine and tell you what the first guy did wrong. The shop you sent it to could simply say, "We followed all standard procedures, we did not do anything wrong, and it was just the machine's time to die." You need someone else to say, 1 - the standard procedures were not followed, or 2 - the standard procedures were followed but the mechanic did something wrong and that was the DIRECT AND PROXIMATE CAUSE of the engine failure. Without such an expert opinion it will probably be hard to prove that the engine failure was the shop's fault. Feces happens.
It's like if you have the roof on your home replaced and then the next week the new roof leaks. You want to sue the roofer for doing a bad job, so you got to get another roofer to say what the first one did wrong. The expert roofer may say, "Wait a minute, there's a tree branch that has fallen and smashed a hole in your roof since last week and that's what is causing the leak, not neglect or malfeasance on the first roofer's part. A tree branch putting a hole through your roof, or a meteorite if you want to get romantic, is not the fault of the guy who put the new roof on. You gotta figure out the problem, and then have an expert tell what the other guy did wrong that caused the problem. Then you may be able to hold them liable for the repairs.
I was in your shoes in 2012, when I bought a 2001 Yamaha XLT 1200 that was guaranteed to "run perfect" but which had a burnt cylinder. I took the machine to two different repair shops. The first J&J Sales and Service in Huron OH, would not give me an opinion as to whether or not my 15 minutes of use of the machine caused the burnt cylinder. They were real sphincters who charged me $200, gave me my machine back in pieces, and did nothing to help me. Avoid J&J Sales and Service even if you are desperate.
I told J&J to KMA and went to another mechanic. MJD Motorsports in Bellvue OH. After looking at my machine's parts and pieces Mike at MJD signed a statement I prepared that said that due to the condition of the engine the cylinder was without doubt burnt when I bought it and nothing I did in 15 minutes of trying to get the PWC to run could have caused the extensive damage to the cylinder. I sued the seller in small claim court and won a judgment of $3,000. The gutless seller did not appear in small claim court, but the SOB did appear in federal bankruptcy court and named me as a dischargable creditor.
Never, never buy a used PWC without putting it in the water first and running it for over 20 min. No matter what the lyin' seller says about how good it is.
Last edited by ZARDOZ; 04-27-2017 at 01:29 PM.