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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

How Do I Know if I'm Driving a Lemon?

Car dealers are good at deceiving innocent buyers into purchasing vehicles that are not worth the money they pay for them. The lemon law was put into effect many years ago to help protect consumers against ill moral and illegal practices. You may have protection under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act (Federal Lemon Law) which protects all consumer products with warranties. Consumers do have re-courses that are available to them.

You may not know instantly if the vehicle you are driving is a lemon or not. Nevertheless, there are definitely sure tell signs that will let you know when something is wrong. For instance, if your car will not pick up speed even though your foot is hard on the pedal you may have a transmission problem. The transmission is what controls the shifting gears in your vehicle. It also help determines the speed of your vehicle. Each state varies on its definition of, lemon law. In some state lemon laws concerning a vehicle can be summarized in short and concise facts.

If your brakes wont stop your car, you have repaired your transmission numerous of times for the same problem, your car doors opens all by themselves while you are driving, and your vehicle won't go into reverse, then yes, you may indeed be driving a lemon. Sometimes car dealerships will opt to fix the defect at no charge to the consumer. Many times the manufacturers warranty may cover such defects if the car is still under warranty.

You can consult with a lemon law attorney in your state to see what your rights are under the law. Many people feel that they have no recourse when it comes to lemon laws. This may be due to limited warranties, or buy as is signs that many car dealerships place on their vehicles. This should in no way deter you from seeking the assistance of a qualified lemon law attorney if you believe you are the victim of such a matter. Unless, you take the first step in protecting your rights and your investments no one else will. You can find the listing of a consumer or lemon law attorney in your area, by consulting the yellow pages.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Dealing With A Vehicle Recall

Nearly every new automobile today has a recall for some reason. Dealing with a vehicle recall can be very stressful. If you do not have a second vehicle, it's hard to give up your vehicle for the recall. It can be pretty irritating as well to have to deal with the recall, but in some cases it is necessary to handle it as quickly as possible. Sometimes the recall fix is something very simple that can wait until it is convenient for you, but not always.

In the United States, the Lemon Law protects buyers from severely defective vehicles, both new and used. The Lemon Law protects consumers from vehicles that repeatedly fail to meet the expected standards of quality and performance. The federal law, known as the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, actually covers all products with warranties.

A vehicle recall is normally communicated by the manufacturer to the consumer via US Mail. The consumer who's name appears on the registration of the vehicle receives a notice in the mail stating the recall, the reason for the recall, and instructing the consumer to take the vehicle to a licensed dealer for repairs. Many recalls happen due to repeated issues with an item and repeated complaints from consumers. The manufacturers then have the vehicles returned for replacement of the part that appears defective.

Taking your vehicle to a licensed dealer will ensure your warranty remains in effect. If you attempt the repair yourself, you may void your warranty, regardless of what the repair may be. In recent years, vehicle recalls have escalated. Many are serious safety issues that require immediate attention. It is best to take your vehicle to a mechanic that has many years of experience in repairing this type of problem or is well schooled in the type of vehicle you own.

If your vehicle comes under recall, immediately contact your local dealership to obtain information about the recall. They will help you decide when you should do the repair and inform you of the problems expected from the defect. Many dealerships will offer either a shuttle service to get you where you need to be while your vehicle is being repaired or will offer a loaner car at little or no cost to you.

There are also websites where you can enter your vehicle's VIN to find out if there are any recalls on your particular vehicle that require attention on your part.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Top 10 selling cars in the US

If it is time to purchase a new car, why not purchase one of the top ten selling cars in the US? They range from the Ford F-series to the Nissan Altima.

Listed are the top 10 selling cars from the month of July, 2010 with a brief explanation of each vehicle.

Ford F-series
The Ford F-series is the number one seller for the month of July. There were over 50,000 sold. The F-Series is a series of full-sized pick-up trucks. They can either be sold as a single cab or a quad cab. It has been the best selling truck for 34 years and the best selling vehicle in the US for 24 years.

Toyota Camry
The Toyota Camry is the second most popular seller. With over 35,000 sold in the month of July, buyers are not letting the recent Toyota recalls scare them away. The Camry has been the best selling car in the last decade. With Toyota cars reliability factor, used Camrys are very much worth the money.

Chevy Silverado
The Silverado is the second best selling truck next to the Ford F-Series. It is the 3rd most popular vehicle sold in July. There were over 34,000 sold. They come in light duty and heavy duty. They also can be purchased as either a single cab or quad cab.

Toyota Corolla/Matrix, Honda Civic and Honda Accord
Toyota Corolla/Matrix, Honda Civic and Honda Accord are the 4th, 5th and 6th most popular vehicles sold in July. The Corolla and Civic are economy class cars. They are both reliable and have known to still be seen on the road after 300,000 miles on the odometer. The Accord is in the same class as the Camry as a mid-sized car. The Corolla and Matrix come in as a tie with over 27,000 vehicles sold. The Civic and Camry are close in numbers sold with over 23,000.

Chevy Malibu
The Malibu is another mid-sized car. With over 20,000 sold, it is the 7th most popular vehicle. The Malibu has been manufactured since 1964.

The last three most popular vehicles sold in July were the Dodge Ram, the Honda CR-V, and the Nissan Altima. The Dodge Ram and the Honda CR-V sold over 20,000, while the Nissan Altima sold over 18.000. The Dodge Ram is a full-size pick-up truck. It can be purchased with either a gas engine or diesel engine. It can also be purchased as either a standard transmission or manual transmission. The Honda CR-V is a small Sport Utility Vehicle. It is an All Wheel Drive vehicle and is great for driving in all road conditions. The Nissan Atlima is another mid-sized vehicle and is known for its reliability.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Most Fuel Efficient Cars and SUVs of 2010

With fuel prices expected to increase, many people are considering investing in a fuel-efficient vehicle. Fuel-efficient vehicles can save money over time and help improve the environment. Take a look at the most fuel-efficient cars and SUVs of 2010.

1) 2010 Toyota Prius
An extremely popular brand of hybrid vehicles that has become the focal point of the fuel-efficiency car movement. The Toyota Prius touts a 51 mpg combined fuel economy and was rated as one of the greenest cars of the by Kelly Blue Book. It only costs $1.34 to drive 25 miles and typically costs $801 to fuel for an entire year. Emitting 3.7 tons of C02 annually makes this is a very green-friendly automobile.

2) 2010 Honda Civic Hybrid
Another vehicle which has gained a large following this year is the 2010 Honda Civic Hybrid. This car is small and has an ergonomic design. The 2010 Honda Civic Hybrid travels at 45 mpg and costs $953 to fuel annually. Greenopia ranked it as one of the Greenest Cars of 2010.

3)2010 Honda Insight
The 2010 Honda Insight is much cheaper than the previously mentioned vehicles. It costs $19,800 and costs $1.63 to drive 25 miles. The 2010 Honda Insight runs at 41 mpg and costs $977 to run annually. It is affordable and offers many of the same features of the leaders in its category.

4) 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid
Named the North American Car of the Year at the Detroit Auto Show and ranked as one of the Kelly' Blue Books' Greenest Cars of 2010, the Ford Fusion Hybrid stands out as a uniquely fuel-efficient car made entirely in America. The stylish family sedan sports 41 mpg and costs $1,025 to fuel annually.

5) 2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid
The Mercury Milan costs $6,300 more than the non-hybrid Milan, but costs nearly 600$ less to fuel annually. The Mercury Milan has a sleek and luxurious appearance which makes it a good choice for people who want to look stylish, while being environmentally conscious. The Milan runs at 39 mpg and costs $1.71 to fuel for a 25 mile trip.

6) 2010 Smart ForTwo
The 2010 Smart ForTwo is the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid car on the market. This small car comes in classic coupe or convertible. The 2010 Smart ForTwo drives at 41 mpg and was rated as one of Greenopia's Greenest Cars of 2010. The Smart ForTwo is priced at $11,990 which makes it the most affordable fuel-efficient car.
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