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"As is" does not justify dealer fraud

Purchasing a used vehicle is always a risk, especially when the dealer offers no warranty. Even a vehicle that looks clean and sound and operates well on a test drive may have hidden defects that do not show up until after the California consumer has driven it for a while. One woman in another state fell victim to dealer fraud after purchasing a truck "as is." Without a warranty, she had no option but to take her complaint to civil court.

More manufacturers facing class actions for airbag defects

Airbags have long been a staple of safety in automobiles, allowing drivers and passengers to avoid impact with hard surfaces of the vehicle in the event of a collision. Airbags are installed in many places within a car, most prominently in the steering mechanism and dash boards. Recently, many California car owners have watched with concern as auto manufacturers across the world scramble to remedy the dangerous situation created by defects in airbags.

California consumer scores major legal victory over CarMax

When buying a used car from a dealership, it makes sense that a consumer would assume they’re purchasing a safe vehicle. After all, many used auto retailers boast of employing thorough safety inspections on their inventory, ensuring that the car leaving their lot isn’t a “lemon.” Unfortunately, however, not all dealers are honest, and that can mean potentially dangerous problems for car shoppers.

Do dealer fraud protections apply to private car sales?

Shopping for a used car can be challenging, especially for someone who knows little about the workings of a car's major systems. Many in California rely on the advice and promises of used car dealers or the labels that assure a vehicle is certified. However, what guarantees does a consumer have when purchasing a car from a private seller? Do the protections against dealer fraud apply in those situations?

Lemon law invoked for water in cab of pickup

The purchase of a new vehicle can be an exciting event, especially if a consumer has made satisfying purchases from the same auto manufacturer in the past. Trading in an older, faithful vehicle for an upgraded model is often a leap of faith, but many California vehicle owners do so to avoid the cost and bother of repairs that often begin to arise as cars or trucks age. One man in another state made such a trade and regretted his decision within 10 days of his purchase. Subsequently, he had to invoke his state's lemon law.

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