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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Russian Citizens Claim $2M Fraud by New Jersey Dealership


Q: What action can I take against a dealer who takes my money but fails to deliver the vehicle?

Although exile to Siberia is not an option, a consumer fraud attorney can help people defrauded by unscrupulous auto dealerships.

Recently, a Pennsylvania man operating a dealership in New Jersey was accused of scamming a slew of Russian citizens in a $2 million fraud case.

Reportedly, the dealer, Global Auto Group, in Elizabeth New Jersey, allegedly advertised autos online below market value and then failed to deliver them to Russian consumers who had wired the purchase price payment for the vehicles.


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Monday, January 16, 2017

Help! My Car is Possessed!


Q: Can I get a full refund of the price of my new car if it has multiple problems?

Are self-driving cars something exciting out of a science fiction movie-- like the flux capacitor-fitted DeLorean® in Back to the Future®? Or, are they something scary out of a horror movie like Stephen King’s Christine®? The answer may depend on whether you get a “lemon” or not.

Having a car with a mind of its own is not for everyone. While many people love the new, high-tech “auto pilot” feature of self-driving cars such as those by the industry’s pioneering manufacturer, Tesla®, others report being unnerved at the thought of their cars behaving erratically as the newer technology is developing and being tweaked.

Take the case of one of Tesla®’s “biggest fans”—a California man who owns a Roadster and Model S but who also reportedly got one of the early Model X’s-- “back when the falcon door still had serious concerns".


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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Cleaning Haus in the New Jersey Car Sales Market


Q: What if an auto dealer fails to install a feature I paid for?

Dirty allegations of consumer fraud against automotive dealer Luxury Haus, Inc. have resulted in a settlement.

According to the New Jersey Attorney General’s office, Luxury Haus, Inc. was accused by the New Jersey Department of Consumer Affairs of multiple violations of the following rules and regulations:

  • New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act
  • Motor Vehicle Advertising Regulations
  • Automotive Sales Practices Regulations
  • Used Car Lemon Law
  • Used Car Lemon Law Regulations

Collectively, the above rules are designed to protect consumers of both new and used motor vehicles from fraud in the automotive marketplace as well as to ensure motor vehicle safety. Because there are often stiff penalties assessed to those found in violation, it’s important to seek counsel from a


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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Fatal Tesla Autopilot Accident Raises Safety Concerns


Is more regulation needed over autonomous driving features?

On May 7, a Tesla Model S operating in its beta autopilot mode crashed into an 18 wheeler turning left in front of it in Williston, Florida.  The car skidded under the truck, ripping its roof off, then plowed through two fences before crashing into a utility pole.  Tragically, the 40-year-old driver from Ohio died in the accident.  While the accident is under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), many are questioning the safety of autonomous driving features.

Tesla’s Autopilot Feature

Several of Tesla’s vehicles now come equipped with an autopilot option.


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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Recalled Jeep Cherokee Crushes Star Trek Actor


Are multiple, non-intuitive electronic vehicle control systems dangerous?

He was among the crew that could “boldly go where no one had gone before”. Anton Yelchin, the actor who played Chekov in the recent Star Trek Beyond movie series, battled scores of alien enemies on the big screen. However, he was powerless against his 2015 Jeep Cherokee on his own driveway.

The 27 year-old was tragically killed when his Jeep rolled down the driveway, pinning him between it and a brick mailbox. Preliminary reports do not expect foul play.


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Sunday, July 3, 2016

New Rental Car Safety Law Takes Effect


Is my rental car safe?

Whether for business or pleasure, renting a car is like a box of chocolates—you never know what you’re going to get. Stand-up comics and personal experience tell us not to expect that the make and model we reserved in advance will be available when we reach the rental counter. While frustrating, most of us accept a substitute vehicle and drive off without further thought.

Renting an SUV for a family vacation or a sleek convertible for a business trip? Do you ever wonder if the SUV’s brakes or fuel tank was safe? Do you question whether the roll bar system or airbags would work if you rolled the convertible? Probably not.

While not receiving the model you reserved is expected, the expectation that a rental car will be free from known and dangerous safety defects is a given.


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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Did You Get Scammed by a Used Car Salesman?


There is a reason why “used car salesmen” frequently tops the list of most hated professions. Although there are some honest dealers out there, many used car salespeople offer deals that turn out to be no good. For example, a dealer up in Lodi, NJ was recently busted a dealer for selling cars with rolled back odometers and undisclosed accidents. That same dealer was also hiding the details of their financing and fees in fine print that was nearly impossible to read, or not disclosing this information at all! Unfortunately, these illegal sales gimmicks are all too common.

Misrepresentations

Did you buy a used car the dealer assured you was in great shape only to discover it needs major repairs? Did the check engine light turn on the minute you pulled out of the dealer’s lot? If the car you bought is not in as good of shape as the seller promised, you may be able to return it or get the seller to pay for necessary repairs.


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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Volkswagen Hit With Yet Another Recall


What are your rights if your vehicle is recalled?

If you recently purchased a Volkswagen, what you were really drawn to besides style and capability was the vehicle’s safety record.  Volkswagen has been a favorite among American consumers for many years, and has been rated as top safety picks many times.  Unfortunately, the brand many of us know and love has been struggling lately after a string of problems has led to massive recalls.

In the past year, the German automaker was discovered to have participated in an emissions cheating scandal.  Basically, the cars were programmed to know when they were undergoing emissions and at that point would produce a low amount of emissions.
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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Texas Jury Awards over $124 Million for Serious Audi Defect


What is the hidden safety defect endangering our children?

For many years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has advised the public to keep children in the back seat of the car to protect them in the event of an accident. Tragically, for the family of Jesse Rivera, Jr. of Texas, following this advice resulted in severe injuries that changed the course of his life. When his family's Audi sedan was rear-ended, Jesse was sitting in the back seat, behind his father. Upon impact, the driver's seat broke, launching Jesse, Sr.
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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Carfax Claims 1 in 5 Vehicles are Under an Open Safety Recall

The year 2015 was a historic one in terms of the number of automobiles recalled both domestically and worldwide. From General Motors to Ford to Volkswagen, automakers across the globe issued consistent recalls of vehicles for matters ranging from simple mechanical glitches to defective airbags and ignition systems. Nonetheless, thousands of drivers experienced serious accidents and injuries – and some fatalities – due to the unsafe manufacturing and/or design of their vehicles, resulting in thousands of personal injury, product liability and wrongful death lawsuits.

Despite the widespread dissemination of warnings, along with constant media attention over the matters, many believe that a high number of drivers are either unaware of the safety recalls, or have chosen to ignore the notifications from the dealership offering free repairs for the issues.

According to a recent report conducted by Carfax, as many as one out of every five vehicles in America is under an active safety recall – a number as high as 47 million total vehicles. The number of active recalled vehicles has risen 27 percent over the past year, and the “family-oriented minivan” is the biggest culprit with one out of every 4.6 under a recall notice.

Aside from the minivan, SUV’s rank second in the number of active automobiles under recall, followed closely by pick-up trucks. As well, Carfax compiled a list of states with the highest number of unfixed vehicles, which are (in order):

  • Texas
  • Mississippi
  • Alaska
  • Utah
  • West Virginia

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates a whopping 51 million vehicles were recalled due to safety concerns in the past year. In order to encourage drivers to seek free repairs to their vehicles, it has launched the “Safe Cars Save Lives” campaign, which includes a website service wherein drivers can check their vehicle’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to determine if an active safety recall is in place.

If you are having a difficult time with your new vehicle and would like to discuss your options under Pennsylvania or New Jersey lemon laws, contact a lemon law attorney.


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Customers and Dealers Respond to Volkswagen Scandal

What are the reactions of Volkswagen owners and dealers to being deceived by a company they believed in?

Customers who have bought Volkswagens for the first time recently, and, even more, customers who have been loyal to the company for years, are expressing disappointment and outrage over the recent scandal in which Volkswagen has admitted to rigging its diesel engines to "fool" U.S. emissions tests.

One California owner, Bob Rand, purchased his Volkswagen Passat last year not only for its high gas mileage, but for its clean emissions. He feels totally duped by the auto company he had so much faith in, and is now trying desperately to unload his fully-loaded vehicle for $10,000 under what he paid for it. Even at such an exceptionally deflated price, he has been unable to sell it.

Rand, who plans to join a class-action lawsuit again Volkswagen, is appalled to find that a firm he had respected and recommended to others was "not above lying just flat out." According to him, "That’s probably about as bad a thing as a company can do is lie to your face when you’re buying a $35,000 car.” Rand is not alone in his anger. Customers all around the country are up in arms about the situation, experiencing financial loss and humiliation when their intention to purchase a car that was both efficient and good for the environment backfired.

Tension among private dealers, wholesalers and car owners across the country is rising quickly. Especially troubling is the fact that the Volkwagen defect was intentionally engineered, premeditated to trick consumers and dealers alike. Mike Jackson, CEO of AutoNation, the leader of the largest auto retailer chain in the U.S., takes the position that many people had to have been involved in this dangerous trickery. "It's not a rogue employee," he states, "It's a systemic failure [that] took a lot of meetings...a lot of engineers ...a lot of software programmers...and went on for multiple years."

Meanwhile, dealers, as well as car owners, are deeply concerned. Although not all Volkswagens are affected with the emissions control problem, private dealers are worried not only about how to deal with a crowd of dissatisfied customers, but how to cope with the portion of their inventory that has become unsalable.

Cars that are defective at purchase have always been a costly and emotionally draining problem. If you are undergoing the stress of having purchased a lemon, please get in touch with a Lemon Law attorney as soon as possible. 


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