New Car Buying Advice from Consumer Reports

The Loan - Set up your loan in advance If you’re borrowing about $25,000 for a new car, a difference of only two percentage points in the interest rate can add up to more than $1,000 over the lifetime of the loan. And that can easily happen if you’re not paying attention to the financing terms. Even before you know which vehicle you’re going to buy, you can get a jump on the … [Read more...]

In California, a New Lemon Law to Protect Used-Car Shoppers

Governor Jerry Brown signed a new California Lemon Law, which is the first of its kind in the nation, requiring new and used car dealers to check their used vehicles against a federal government database and mark them with a red warning sticker if they find a serious problem. In an interview with Christopher Jensen, at The New York Times, Rosemary Shahan, the president of … [Read more...]

If You Think Your Car Is a Lemon, What Should You Do?

If you think that your vehicle may be a lemon, it is best to call a lemon law attorney right away. You can call the 800 number in your owner’s manual to ask the manufacturer for help, but chances are the manufacturer will not assist you. In my experience, clients of mine that have called the manufacturer directly are often told that they do not have a lemon law case but they are … [Read more...]

Has Your Vehicle Spent More than 30 Days in the Shop for 1 Warranty Repair?

The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act (the "Lemon Law"), California Civil Code Section §1793.2(d)(2) states that: "If the manufacturer or its representative in this state is unable to service or repair a new motor vehicle . . . to conform to the applicable express warranties after a reasonable number of attempts, the manufacturer shall either promptly replace the new motor … [Read more...]

Small Claims Court Not For Lemon Law

Heather Peters sued Honda in Small Claims Court in Los Angeles earlier this year for allegedly false claims regarding the fuel mileage on the 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid model. In her suit, Peters claimed that advertisements stated the 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid could achieve up to 50 miles per gallon and her reliance upon these claims made her purchase the vehicle. However, she was only … [Read more...]

This Week in Automobile Recalls

2012 Ford Focus Recalled The 2012 Ford Focus has been recalled due to faulty windshield wiper motor wiring, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). More than 140,000 Focus sedans are missing seals in the windshield wiper motor wiring and this can result in passenger side wiper motor failures. The reduced visibility can increase the risk of a … [Read more...]

What Vehicles Does the California Lemon Law Cover?

The California Lemon Law, or the Song Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, applies to three types of vehicles: 1.) The law applies to new vehicles that are still covered by their original factory warranty, including the bumper to bumper warranty and the powertrain warranty. 2.) The law also applies to certified pre-owned vehicles that are either still covered by their original … [Read more...]