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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

What You Can Do About Auto Dealer Fraud

For many credit-impaired consumers, buying a “pre-owned” vehicle is the only viable option for filling a transportation void. Unfortunately, auto dealer fraud runs rampant. Following are a few hints to help prospective auto purchasers protect themselves.

Odometer fraud

Vehicle value is reversely proportional to prior mileage. Consequently, many unscrupulous auto dealers illegally alter odometer mileage readings. Carefully examine a car from the inside out to identify wear and tear inconsistent with its odometer reading.

Make sure that the Certificate of Title and odometer reading reflect identical mileage figures. If possible, inspect the odometer mechanism itself. To learn more about how to avoid odometer fraud, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website at http://www.nhtsa.gov/Odometer-Fraud.

Used as new

This auto fraud scam involves illegally duplicating vehicle documentation to conceal damage caused by past collisions or natural catastrophes such as floods. The National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (“NMVTIS”) is a non-profit organization that facilitates consumer education awareness about the perils of purchasing unsafe or stolen vehicles.

Yo-yo financing

After signing a sales contract for attractive financing, you drive your dream car home. Subsequently, the dealer calls to break the bad news that anticipated funding fell through. Your trade-in was surrendered to the dealer some time ago, and has since been sold.

Your "loaner" car has more mileage than when you first took possession. The prospect of being without transportation looms large. You promptly endorse revised paperwork that reflects a much higher price and rate of interest than you initially bargained for.

Don’t sign anything until you have sought and obtained legal counsel. This bait and switch tactic violates consumer protection and general contract laws. Heeding the above hints can help insure that your next purchase will be the peach of your dreams.

Auto fraud carries severe legal penalties. If you’ve been victimized, contact our firm for a free, accurate assessment of your situation.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Japan's Newest Auto Challenge: Nissan and Honda Recalls

New York - Whenever any automaker has to issue a recall notice/advisory to its customers, it generally signals a series of events which can totally occupy its production and operational staff’s energies and concentration.

However, in the case of Japanese auto giants, Nissan and Honda, not only will their higher-level managing/executive staffs be tested but their lower level managerial, general office, assembly-line and lower-level employee staffs as well. In fact, all eyes will be on these two auto makers world-wide in order to observe with what resolve they tackle this task at the most overwhelmingly stressful and debilitating of times.

The Nissan recalls and the Honda recalls by respective automakers are: recently released and popular Nissan Leafs and the veteran Honda CR-Vs. The Nissan recalls are not safety-related; however, the Honda recalls, while not being yet officially launched, will eventually entail about 149,583 CR-Vs.

According to a Business Daily press release, the Nissan recalls do concern the computer-generated software at start-up. Should the problem surface in all 8,000 U.S. made models, they will have to be reprogrammed in order to resolve the issue defect.

As far as the Honda CR-V models are concerned, CR-Vs are currently undergoing investigation by the National Highway Traffics Safety Administration, (NHTSA), due to three different reports of fires seemingly related to the master power switch systems and other components. Previously, Honda had issued recalls for 141,000 other vehicle models for years 2007-2008.

Automakers are generally very resilient as to making come backs from seemingly impossible situations. However, few automakers may have previously been confronted with the specifics which confront the Japanese nation and automakers at this time. Perhaps not since the end of WWII has there been so many unknown factors to consider from possible encroaching world-wide and future events for the Japanese auto industry.

If your Honda or Nissan is having multiple issues you could be entitled to lemon law relief, contact a lemon law lawyer for a free consultation today.

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Is Your Problem Car A "Lemon" Under Florida Lemon Law? Here's How To Tell

Most everyone has trouble with their cars at some time or another but when your defective car becomes a “lemon” then it’s time to act under the laws of the State of Florida, particularly under the Florida Lemon Law.

However, cars are not the only definable “lemons” as they can be any product such as: campers and RVs, motorbikes, PC or laptop computers, boats, clothes-washers, refrigerators, etc. which continually, consistently fail to perform to a certain quality standard.

Below are several ways to determine when a vehicle or any product becomes a “lemon” and may precipitate the need for the law and/or an experienced attorney stepping in to help protect your rights.

Qualifications For Florida Lemon Law Protection Are:

* Having a malfunctioning or defective product which has failed to be repaired after a series of successive attempts for the same determinate problem as established by the Florida Lemon Law.
* Having a defective product unusable due to repair for more than a reasonable amount of time during the stated warranty period.
* Having a product which has depreciated or lessened its marketable value due to the warrantor’s failure to properly repair the product during its warranty period.
* Failure of warrantor to honor the warranty as stated in disclosed terms.

Cheap, unprofessional advice is exactly that -- cheap. Do not allow a manufacturer, a salesperson, mechanic or dealer convince you that you have no option except to suffer loss.

If any of the above conditions apply, then it is time to enforce the Florida Lemon Law and protect your consumer rights and investment. Generally, this Florida Lemon Law process many times can best be initiated through the hands of an experienced professional such as an attorney in this field.

Our experienced, professional staff will start the legal process under the Florida Lemon Law by: evaluating if you qualify for Florida Lemon Law Protection; help you take the manufacturer to court; may facilitate a refund or replacement for the product and may even help you receive sales taxes, charges and any attorney fee monies due you under the Florida Lemon Law.

Start the process now and learn of a consumer’s rights under the Florida Lemon Law. Stop being a victim of unfair consumer practices and allow our experienced, professional staff of attorneys stand by your side to ensure your consumer rights are enforced and protected.

For a free review of your situation to see if you have a case under the Florida Lemon law, click here to contact a lemon law attorney.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Frequently Asked Questions about Lemon Law

Is your new car in the shop again? This lemon law FAQ will help you determine whether or not your vehicle may be a lemon and, if so, what you can do about it.


What is a lemon?
A “lemon” is a slang term for a car which is defective or often in need of repair. This is further defined by federal and state lemon laws but a car that continues to have problems or defects which interfere with its use, value, or safety could be considered a lemon.

What is a lemon law?
A lemon law defines whether or not a car qualifies as a lemon in a particular jurisdiction. State lemon laws are varied and may exclude some vehicles or require a certain number or repair attempts. The federal lemon law, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, applies to all states. The individual laws are too detailed to include in the lemon law fact, but can be found online, or explained by a knowledgeable attorney.

Is my car a lemon?
If your car won’t start, has brake problems, accelerates unexpectedly, won’t shift out of second gear, or the doors open by themselves, then you may have a lemon. If the problem affects the cars performance or makes it unsafe to drive, then it may be covered by the lemon law.

If the problems with your car are mostly annoyances or cosmetic issues that are not mechanical in nature or related to safety & performance, then it is probably not a lemon.

Are used or leased cars covered? What about motorcycles, RVs, or ATVs?
These all depend on the state lemon laws. Many, but not all states exclude used cars, motorcycles, and all but the chassis of RVs. Lemon laws concerning leases can be very complicated. Your best bet is to consult an attorney familiar with the lemon laws in your state.

What can I get from a lemon law case?
The best outcome is usually a “buy back” or “repurchase”, where you are given a full refund or a replacement vehicle. In many states, the manufacturer is also responsible for your attorney’s fees and court costs if you win.

Do I need a lawyer?
In some states, you may be able to file a Complaint on your own with proper documentation. In others, you will need to hire an attorney to file the claim and represent you in court.
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