Friday, February 17, 2017
Q: How does the law protect car buyers and what can buyers do to protect themselves from dealer fraud?
There's a reason used car salesman have historically had a less than favorable reputation. It's called dealer fraud.
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Sunday, February 12, 2017
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.Read more . . .
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.
Monday, January 16, 2017
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".Read more . . .
Monday, December 26, 2016
Q: How do I know if my used car has been recalled or is safe to drive? Where can I find an Auto Recall attorney?
If you are lucky enough to buy or lease a new car, you can expect to receive written notice in the event the make and model you are driving is subject to a recall. But used car owners may not receive such notices.
An auto recall happens either voluntarily by the manufacturer or upon the direction of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) when a defective and/or dangerous condition is discovered affecting a particular part or system in the one or more vehicle models.
Popular categories for vehicle recalls include mechanical, electrical, and software systems, with mechanical recalls comprising 83% of all recalls in 2015.
The number one recall in automotive history is the Takata® airbag recall.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Q: If I get an auto recall notice, do I have to act on it?
Recent advances in automotive technology have brought us self-driving, back-up cameras, and airbag systems. But what if these systems are defective and recalled?
As if an accident is not frightening enough, imagine if—instead of being saved by your airbag—it exploded on impact, sending metal shrapnel shooting throughout the car’s cabin, injuring or killing the occupants. Unfortunately, in the case of some Takata® airbags, this nightmare scenario has reportedly happened multiple times.
Reportedly, the Japanese company, Takata®, used ammonium nitrate to cause what is supposed to be a small, contained explosion that initiates the rapid inflation of its airbags upon impact. Unfortunately, the metal container that houses this reaction can and does explode.Read more . . .
Monday, November 14, 2016
Q: What happens if I buy a car in the US and it’s a lemon once I take it overseas?
A military couple from Georgia learned the hard way that the Toyota Rav4 they thought was a peach when they bought it was actually a lemon once they got it to Germany. But that was just the beginning of their lemon law troubles.
Lemon Law claims result when a consumer purchases or leases a new car and the vehicle subsequently requires unreasonably frequent repairs or service for the same defective warranty part or system such that the problem impacts the safety, use, or value of the vehicle.
Each state differs in the amount of time during which the problems must occur to constitute a lemon law claim, with Read more . . .
Monday, October 31, 2016
Q: Should the Lemon Law be updated to keep pace with rapidly advancing and changing automotive technology?
Self-driving (autonomous) cars with winged doors are no longer just futuristic notions of movie-makers. They are here now—just without the flux capacitor and time travel feature.
Advances in automotive technology in recent years have revolutionized the car industry in many positive ways. The move away from gas and toward electric cars has been good for the environment. Back-up cameras and sensors that can alert and even override a driver to avoid an accident bring us the safety of a second set of eyes.Read more . . .
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Have you spent time, energy, and expense in fixing a fairly new vehicle? Is the car manufacturer ignoring your requests for repair or has the company failed to rectify these problems? You should seek the advice of an experienced lemon law attorney
to determine whether you are eligible to collect compensation in Pennsylvania.
Depending on the severity of the vehicle’s defect, you may be entitled to a complete replacement of your vehicle or other damages from the manufacturer as reimbursement for your expenditures. However, there are certain restrictions that come into play when contemplating the initiation of a lemon law action. For example, you might not be able to sue if you have owned the vehicle for one year or if the vehicle has been driven for twelve thousand miles.Read more . . .
Saturday, June 25, 2016
If you own or lease a brand new vehicle, yet, continue to invest time and energy in repairing defects, you may be entitled to a refund, replacement, or settlement award. Pursuant to New Jersey Lemon law, a persistent and substantial flaw that requires multiple attempts at maintenance may demonstrate that you have a lemon.
Beware—you may not qualify for any legal recourse if you allow a party, other than an authorized dealer, the manufacturer, or an agent of the manufacturer, to make or attempt to rectify the problem. Likewise, there is also a limited term of protection.Read more . . .
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Is recalling an auto enough to avoid being sued?
Lemon Laws were established to protect car owners, and in some states car leasers, from getting stuck with -- or worse, injured or killed by -- their recently acquired vehicle. Though unfortunately Lemon Laws cannot always prevent accidents caused by mechanical failure, they can always assist customers in obtaining fair and just compensation. With strong, Read more . . .
Sunday, May 8, 2016
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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