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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Trends in Car Buying:

Getting a lemon when you purchase a car is one of the worst experiences any car lover can have. People have to be careful even when buying new vehicles. Current car buying trends include being aware of the condition of the car more than ever, and focusing on the warranty.

There is a lemon law that supposedly protects consumers when buying vehicles, but sometimes they're legally tough to enforce. There are many technicalities and small issues involved when you get a lemon. While the lemon law is a good law overall, it's been known to have loopholes and problems associated with it that are very technical in nature. Usually only lemon law attorneys can understand the legalese associated with the lemon law.

Buyers want a car that's going to be safe and reliable. They also desire a car that won't be too expensive to drive and own. They don't want to constantly be in the repair shop every month. They want the warranty to cover what it says it'll cover.

When buying a car, it's important to inspect its overall condition. Sometimes it's best to have a trained mechanic come to see the vehicle. Usually most buyers are smart enough to know what to look for. They should know to grow wary if they see any leaks underneath the vehicle, or if there are any strange noises coming out of the engine, transmission or exhaust. Foul smells are also an indication that the car might be a lemon.

A thorough mechanical review of all the operating systems should be conducted before ever buying a car. The following systems and major parts must be checked out fully: electrical system, engine, transmission, exhaust, brakes, wheels, tires, all pipes, cables and wires, spark plugs, the trunk, the interior seats and dashboard, and the windshield wipers. If the car has electric windows and door locks, they must be fully inspected to see if they work properly. The lemon law doesn't always cover every single item on a car. Neither does the warranty. So the buyer really has to beware.

Many dealers won't reveal all the problems and issues that a vehicle has. This can be especially true for used car dealers. That's why they have the bad reputation that they do overall. But if a consumer is intelligent and takes his time to check out the vehicle in its entirety, he will most likely be able to avoid a lemon. Then he can focus on the car's other features, such as its reliability, drivability, performance, comfort, and safety.

If you think you have purchased a lemon, contact a lemon law lawyer today to find out about your rights! The consultation is free!

Monday, December 13, 2010

A Surprising 1 in 3 Vehicle Recalls Are Not Done

Have you ever wondered while reading the news about vehicle recalls if all those vehicles fixes ever get done? An investigative reporter looked into the situation and found 1 out of 3 used cars sitting around on used car lots have safety issues because the car recalls were not done simply because previous owners never got the notice or it was ignored.

Automobile Protection Association

According to the APA 33% of vehicle recalls are not repaired for safety issues because the original notice to take the vehicle in for repair was never delivered to the car owner or the notice was ignored because of issues with who would fix the problem and who would pay. When that particular vehicle is traded in at the local dealer the problem doesn't end.

Used Car Dealers

When 9 used car dealers were visited in Canada by CBC and questions were asked about the car recalls not one of the 9 used car salesmen gave any information about the cars in question. CBC found that there were 1.9 million car recalls last year from companies trying to schedule a repair. If the information is correct that 1 in 3 are not repaired that would mean there were 633,333 vehicles that were on the streets or on used car lots that were not taken to repair shops for corrections with there safety issues.

No Over-site

The problem with vehicle recalls is there is no way of knowing what cars get fixed and which ones do not. There is no proper protocol to follow but ultimately the problem falls back on the manufacturer who made the vehicle in the first place. The company knows the risks to the owners, sends out the car recall notices, keeps all the records on the vehicles, and will have to respond to any and all lawsuits if something happens to passengers riding in a defective vehicle. Before you purchase a used car, make sure it is up to date on all repairs, recalls, and safety information.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Recalled Toyota's Fixed for Sudden Accelerator May Now Have Damaged Accelerator Pedals

Owners of a Toyota Camry, Camry Hybrid and the Avalon may find themselves back in the dealership for repairs again. Most people are aware of the Toyota recall a short time ago for gas pedals sticking and causing unwanted acceleration. Now, owners of these same cars that have been repaired are being asked to come back and have their gas pedals fixed again. Apparently, when the pedals were replaced, the bolts that were used were faulty. More than 500 complaints have came in stating that the pedals are moving from side to side or have too much play in them to make the owners feel safe.

If you were part of the Toyota recall you should immediately take your car to the dealership to have this issue fixed. You may also want to call a lemon law attorney. A lemon law attorney may be able to help you claim damages for your car.

When a new automobile continually breaks down and the problem cannot be fixed within reason by the car company it is considered a lemon. Under the lemon law the car buyer has many rights. Some of these rights may include a refund of your money upon surrender of the car, issuing a new car or paying damages for the inconveniences that you have suffered as a result of the car you purchased. You will have to check with a lemon law attorney to see what rights you have in your state.

This is not an official Toyota recall, though vehicle owners are encouraged to bring their cars back and have them repaired again. There have been no reported accidents or fatalities associated with this new problem. However, there is no reason to risk being the first one.

This latest Toyota recall, even though unofficial, may qualify these cars as lemons because the problem is with the same component. Cars affected by this unofficial recall are the Avalon 2005-2010, the Camry 2007-2010 and the Camry Hybrid – all makes, models and years. All of these cars were part of the last Toyota recall. Owners that received a recall notice during the prior event and had their cars fixed should return immediately to the dealership where it was repaired.
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