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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Honda Recalls Over 400,000 Vehicles for Leaky Brakes

There seems to be an abundance of vehicle recalls lately in the United States. Fortunately the the “Lemon Law” requirement assists consumers with this problem. The Lemon Law is different in each state and you can easily find the one for your state online or at your local library. In most cases you will not need to refer to a Lemon Law in order to have the problem taken care of by a dealer. A notification will be mailed to you if your auto is subject to vehicle recalls.

American Honda Motor Co., Inc., has recently voluntarily recalled 471,820 model year 2005 to 2007 Acura RL and model year 2005 to early 2007 Honda Odyssey vehicles. The recall is to replace the seal on the master break cylinder. There is a slight possibility the seal could fail causing a small leak of break fluid.

The failure is only subject to the original factory installed break fluid being replaced by some after-market fluids. If the fluid is replaced and a manual break bleed is done by full and rapid pumping of the break pedal it is possible for the seal to twist causing minor leakage. If such a leak should occur the break fluid warning light would appear when fluid became low. As with any warning light, the immediate attention of the dealer is recommended. The seal will be replaced with a revised version of the original seal that will solve the problem.

These repairs will be made free of charge by any reputable Honda or Acura Dealer. To help simplify the satisfactory solution here are a few tips to help. Keep and organize all documentation regarding the purchase of your vehicle and any maintenance done. Call and make an appointment to have the repairs done and ask how long it will take. Make note of the names of persons you talked to and what was discussed. Ask if there are any additional Technical Service Bulletins (TSB's) regarding your make and model of vehicle. Be on time and be prepared to leave your vehicle for what ever period of time it takes to repair it.

If you have additional questions or would like to check for updates, for Acura vehicles on the net at www.recalls.acura.com or for Honda vehicles at www.recalls.honda.com . Acura owners can call (800) 382-2238; Honda owners can call (800) 999-1009 and select option number 4.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

What is a Lemon and How to Choose an Attorney

When you are thinking about purchasing a car you never expect to get what is referred to as a Lemon. What is a Lemon? How do you know if your car is a Lemon? Who do you contact when you get a Lemon? What is the Lemon Law?

When talking about a car, a lemon is a new car that you have the same problem with and have to get repaired over and over with no success. Every state has some type of Lemon Law, that will protect you if you keep having the same problems. Dealers are required to tell you about the lemon law in your state because it is different for every state, but once again every state has some type of lemon law. Under the lemon law in your state the dealer must make the proper repairs or refund your money in some cases to comply with the lemon law in your state.

If the necessary steps are not taken when repairing your vehicle, in some cases, it is best to contact a Lemon Law Attorney to help you with your lemon. When you start to look for a Lemon Law Attorney there are some questions that you need to ask before you proceed with the Attorney. The first question is; Do they practice Lemon Law in your state? How many years of experience do they have? What are others saying about them? In this case you may already know and have been referred by someone you know. However, that is not always the case and reading the Attorney’s testimonials’ is always a good start, followed by doing a search on the company.

When searching for the best Lemon Law Attorney it is best to do some research to find the best one for you. What is best for some is not always best with others. Then you need to find one that you feel good about representing you. A Lemon Law Attorney should be very knowledgeable and able to answer every question that you may have. They should also be very understanding and have a good track record with the courts. Keep in mind that the Lemon Law Attorney you choose is the one that should know everything current about the Lemon Laws in your state.

Monday, October 11, 2010

How to Check the History of a Used Car

When purchasing a used car it is good to check out the vehicle before purchasing it. Just because the dealer tells you a story that makes the car seem like a smart purchase doesn’t always mean that it is. Before going to the dealership, check out the reviews on it to see if there have been any complaints with the better business bureau. Any dealerships that have been reported as to violating the lemon law should not be on your list of stops for car shopping. A lot of people think that if you purchase a used car one day and it breaks down the next day that you are just stuck with the vehicle. There is a used car lemon law that requires used car dealers to make sure that their vehicles are quality. Check your state's lemon law.

After making sure the dealership is reputable then it is okay to take a trip and see the vehicle that they offer. When walking around a lot looking at a used vehicle make sure to check for physical signs of previous damage. Look at the body lines of the vehicle to make sure they are straight and make sure there are no space gaps between the hood, truck, door or fenders. See if the paint on the vehicle is one complete color or different shades of the same color. Look under the hood to make sure that all the hood bolts still hold the hood up and make sure that the door bolts keep the door open without you holding it. Signs of corrosion, mildew smell or water stained seats usually mean the car has had flood damage and is probably in violation of the used car lemon law.

If you went to a reputable dealership and found a car that you think you might purchase, the next step is checking for previous accidents. Get the VIN number off of the vehicle and look it up on the department of motor vehicles website. Put in the VIN number and the DMV will give you as much information as possible. Also there are other websites that will give you the facts on a current used vehicle. If you find that there are no negative facts on the VIN number of the car you want then the next step is to purchase the vehicle. Used vehicles are great because you can get a quality vehicle without spending new car prices. There are many ways to check vehicles so that you are not a victim of the lemon law.

Click here to see the lemon laws in your state or if you would like to talk to a lemon law attorney.

Monday, October 4, 2010

BMW Recalls and the Lemon Law

BMW based in Berlin, Germany, has issued a world wide recall on its 5-, 6- and 7- series models sold between 2002-2010 due to an issue with the braking system. Its new 2011 models are not affected though Rolls Royce models built during these years by BMW are affected by the recall. Over the years, BMW recalls have involved only a small number of its models so this is by far the largest recall ever by BMW.

The recall involves the braking system; specifically the power assist part of the braking system. Fortunately, your car will still be able to be stopped by the mechanical part of your braking system though if you have driven trucks or cars without power assisted brakes, you have an idea of the force you will need to apply to stop your car.

The power assist part of your brakes in some BMW cars has developed a small leak. At high speed stops, you will need to increase the pressure applied to stop your car. This leak will increase over time, causing you to apply increasing force.

Fortunately, BMW has decided to pay for fixing this problem on all of its cars, leaking or not, by replacing this part of the braking system through BMW recalls. You will be required to bring your car into the dealer for about four hours. This is inconvenient, but necessary for your safety.

Does this issue come under the coverage of BMW lemon law for your car? Yes it does. You will still need to meet the criteria for the BMW lemon law. In most areas this covers repairs during the first 18 months of ownership of a car. If your car spends over 30 days at the dealer or comes in for the same repair four times, you may have a car that qualifies.

If your car meets these qualifications, BMW may still refuse to replace your car. This leaves you the option of going to court and bringing suit. You can also bring suit under the car's warranty and any local consumer laws. Your case should be reviewed by an attorney. If you win your case, the choice is yours to accept either cash or a replacement car. BMW cannot force you to choose one over the other.

Use this recall to review the BMW lemon law in your area. You may be entitled to a new car or at least a refund. Don't let this opportunity pass you by. If you believe that you are driving a lemon, contact a lemon law lawyer today for a free case review!

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