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Author Topic:   chassis builder liability????
JDF Motorsports
Dirt Freak

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posted January 08, 2005 09:35 PM  
This winter I am building a few chassis. My question is if I sell one, what kind of liability risks am I putting myself in. I do not claim in any way to be a professional engineer or welder in anyway, however they are comming out quite nice and now I have a few people interested in them. I have seen some written disclaimers that some companys use, but I would think that would only go so far.
How do other chassis builders go about this?
I'm not trying to make a living here, I just really enjoy building cars for a hobby.

Dirt Freak

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posted January 08, 2005 09:50 PM  
If you make a product, they will sell you product libility insurance for good reason.

Dirt Maniac

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posted January 08, 2005 09:52 PM  
I build hobby stocks and have for several years and have a friend who is a lawyer he told me to use a disclaimer and have them sign it . He said that it would not keep me from being sued but at least he would have something to carry into court if we ever had to.In short you will still have to pay a lawyer to defend yourself if some one sues you. So make sure its worth it to build cars for other people.

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posted January 09, 2005 07:37 AM           send a private message to juni   Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/QuoteBBBBBB
A friend who was sued by his best friends wife after he died in a race car told me that.

He was sued for assembling the latemodel, and lost and paid over 100,000.

Afco was sued for the cell that ruptured and fuel that burned.

The track was sued because the safety crew was too slow to the scene and putting out the fire.

All lost and all paid a lot of money to lawyers and for settlement. He told me this because like yourself Ive been asked to build a car or two.

He said a disclaimer is a must, and that the car builder now has a disclaimer plate welded on their chassis.

this was a full blown late model chassis from a big name like grt I dont remember which for sure.

redneck racing
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posted January 09, 2005 10:22 AM  
Racing is a dangerous sport that has no guarantees to it I myself do everything i can to better my chances encase the big one happens, I personally dont care if my car is the fastest or the best looking or what not SAFETY is the top priority to me. If your not taking the precautions for your safety why even do it. I also build mmy own cars. Eddie

Dirt Maniac

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posted January 09, 2005 11:56 AM  
If you are not trying to start a business take payment for the cars in CASH.

JDF Motorsports
Dirt Freak

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posted January 09, 2005 06:23 PM  
Originally posted by ruggs66:
If you are not trying to start a business take payment for the cars in CASH.

Yeah, I'll probably just build for myself and close friends, cash and without bill of sale.

Dirt Freak

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posted January 12, 2005 10:51 PM  
my wife is a lawyer and for me it is common sence to C.Y.A (COVER YOUR ASSETS)
it only takes once and your hobby can ruin your life follow the advise from the others and have them sign something disclaiming liability as racing is a dangerous sport and a grieving family won't stop to think about not sueing a friend think about all of the large companies that have stupid disclaimers (Mc Donalds - hot coffee)veery large settlement LOL
Drive Hard or Drive Home

Dirt Freak

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posted January 16, 2005 07:55 PM  
Heres something sad to think about. Any time you see a warning on a product, it usually means some moron tried to sue the comapany. If you look on the back of those sunshades that some people put in their windshields in the summer, it says remove before driving. DUH!!


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