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False odometer reading may signal dealer fraud

The odometer reading on a car reveals a lot to a potential buyer. Vehicles that are driven long distances over the course of their lives tend to have major issues with worn components that can lead to expensive repairs and even the replacement of vital engine parts. Some California consumers may find it difficult to obtain financing for a car that has too many miles on it. Certainly, potential customers would be less willing to pay good money if the odometer reading is high, which is why some salespeople resort to dealer fraud to move high-mileage vehicles.

GM pays millions in auto defect class action settlement

The purchase of a new car can be exciting, especially if one has settled for used cars for many years. It can be frustrating to purchase a new car only to find it has auto defects that make it undrivable or even dangerous. Recent events have left many owners of GM cars scrambling to comply with recall notices. Unfortunately, some did not receive their notices before disaster struck.

Lemon Law protects customers from irreparable defects

After making a major purchase like a new car, not many in California want to deal with the hassle of repairs. In fact, one reason why many consumers opt for new cars rather than used is because they want a reliable vehicle that will not cost them money to fix in addition to making car payments. Nevertheless, from time to time, a new car may bring frustration and inconvenience because it needs constant repairs. A vehicle like this may fall under California's Lemon Law.

Man accused of dealer fraud for selling defective used cars

When shopping for a used car, many people in California have fears and concerns. Buying a pre-owned vehicle often means taking on damage or defects with which the previous owner no longer wanted to hassle. Consumers count on the knowledge and forthrightness of a dealer to help them obtain a car they can afford that will be safe and not cost them a fortune in repairs. Unfortunately for car buyers in another state, the owner of one establishment used car dealer fraud to rip off his customers.

Tips for tracking a lemon

Vehicles are a significant part of the household budget. At the start of 2017, the average new car cost $31,400. In addition, insurance, maintenance and fuel increase the expense. Most consumers take out loans to buy cars—and they expect consistent, satisfactory results in return.

CarMax vehicles included in auto defect class actions

Consumers are beginning to see the results of a recent decision by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration allowing used car dealers to offer defective vehicles and label them as safe. CarMax, the leading used car outlet in the United States has recently taken advantage of this change in the law, and consumers relying on CarMax's reputation may be the ones to suffer. An investigation into the CarMax inventory reveals thousands of cars that were included in past auto defect class actions.

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