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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

CA Proposed Bill Would Warn Potential Buyers of Vehicles Previous "Lemon" History

A proposed California bill would ensure that car buyers are warned of vehicles that were bought back under the lemon law prior to their current for sale or lease status. Dealers would be required to check the vehicle identification number of any used auto for sale through the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System and if the vehicle is found to have a branded or "lemon title" a sticker must be prominently displayed on the vehicle to advise the buyer of this status.

Though the bill is good news as it requires disclosure of lemon law information about a potentially bad vehicle to the buyer, the flip side is that the documentation fee charged by auto dealers will now go up by $25 with the consumer absorbing this increase in cost. If the bill becomes law, auto retailers will be able to increase the documentation fees charged for processing auto purchases and lease agreements to $80 from $55 for new- and used-car purchases and from $45 for car leases.

The legislation supported by consumer groups, law enforcement agencies and the California New Car Dealers Association, also states that repair shops, salvage yards, insurance companies and towing companies must report totaled vehicles to the database which is monitored by the U.S. Justice Department.

The Bill, AB 1215, legislation introduced by Bob Blumenfield (D-Woodland Hills),was passed by the state Assembly and will move to the state Senate for a vote after summer break.

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Mercuy Milan 2nd Ford Vehicle to Have Issue With Steering Wheel

The 2010 Mercury Milan has been added to the government investigation of broken wheel stud issues, joining its counterpart, the 2010 Ford Fusion sedan. The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that approximately 317,000 mid size sedans are affected including Milans and Fusions which are basically the same vehicle, marketed and sold under the Ford and Mercury trademarks.

The wheel studs are the bolts that secure the wheel to the car, in 4 specific complaints the wheel separated from the car itself, though thankfully no injuries resulted from these occurrences.

The vehicles have not been recalled as yet though the government began started receiving complaints in January of 2011.

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