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New Federal Law for Used Cars

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has laws regarding the sale of used cars.  Most people are familiar with these laws, but don’t realize they are federal regulations.  The FTC provides federal regulations for a dealership’s ability to sell a vehicle “As-Is.”  If you have seen the “As-Is” sign on the window of a used car,…

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Damage to Vehicle by a Repair Shop

Generally speaking, we handle used car cases when an individual buys a used car only to find out after the sale that the car is suffering from a serious defect.  However, there are more potential causes of action that can arise from used cars than those that arise at the time of sale.  For example,…

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Bad Language in Car Contracts

Sadly, we lost a case the other week in Fayette County, Pennsylvania.  Here are the basic facts:  Our client purchased a used car from a local dealership that is known to sell questionable vehicles.  The next day, the car started exhibiting engine issues.  The dealership attempted a repair.  However, when she got the car back,…

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Getting a Refund from a Car Dealership

We receive calls almost daily from individuals who bought used cars that turned out to be crap.  Usually, the potential clients tell us one of two scenarios:  1.  He/she attempted to get a refund, but the dealership said, “No.”  2.  He/she attempted to get a refund, and the dealership is trying to work with them,…

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Beating an Arbitration Clause

Along with lemon law cases and suing car dealerships for bad used cars, we represent clients who have lost their cars to repossession when they failed to pay their financing contracts. Pennsylvania law provides specific guidelines that banks have to follow when repossessing vehicles.  Sometimes, we are able to sue the bank for an improper…

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Keeping Records of Car Damage

Did you recently buy a new or used car and now you are experiencing problems?  Maybe your transmission is slipping, the car is making a weird noise, or a mechanic found frame damage?  These are all potentially legal issues and you may have a case against the dealership who sold you the car.  However, going…

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What’s Wrong with My Car?

Lots of used cars have problems.  The older they get, the more problems they have.  Most of the time, for those who have been driving for a long time, narrowing down the issue or defect isn’t that hard.  Professional mechanics can often times just hear the defect and point straight to the cause.  However, occasionally,…

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2 Ways to Know If Your Car Is A Lemon

Did you recently buy a new or used car that has problems?  Have you contacted the dealership and been told there is nothing they can do?  Have you taken your car into the shop a bunch of times and you are still having problems?  These are common scenarios we hear all the time from people…

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Fraud in Certified Preowned Cars

Almost all major vehicle manufactures have a Certified Preowned Program.  Generally, speaking, this is a manufacturers way of raising the price on late model vehicles.  It usually means the vehicle is no more than 3-4 years old and the purpose of the certified preowned program is to sell you a car that has been run…

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Common Problems with Used Cars

With the weather warming up, more people are getting outside, more people are shopping, more people are buying cars, and that means our phones are ringing more with used car problems.  This time of year always causes us to start wondering, “Is there a used car without any problems?”  The short answer is probably not….

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Repossession Letters

Most people who buy a new or used car have to finance the vehicle through a bank.  In other words, they take a loan to buy the car and then pay the loan back over a set number of years.  Some people fall on hard times and can’t afford to make the monthly payment.  If…

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Hidden Price Hikes on Car Purchases

Not much surprises us anymore when it comes to things car dealerships will do to defraud consumers out of money.  We have been doing this for too long.  However, it has been surprising lately to see that dealerships are starting to charge more for a used car during the sales process than they are advertising…

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#1 Item to Determine a Valid Repossession

As part of our Auto Fraud cases, people contact our office all the time about defective cars they purchased.  We also receive phone calls about vehicles being repossessed.  The car owner fell on hard times and stopped paying their car loan.  As such, the bank sent a repossession company to take back the financed vehicle….

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Never Purchase Gap Insurance

A few weeks ago, we explained the purpose of Gap Insurance and a possible bad faith legal claim you might have against the Gap Insurance company if it refuses to pay on your claim.  See that post HERE. If you happen to find this post before you bought the Gap Insurance, then here is why…

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Online Car Buying

With the ever growing online retail market, it is no surprise that car buying is moving online as well.  There are a ton of companies online running virtual auto dealerships.  Some of them are simply listing sites.  That means a local dealership will pay an online company to list its inventory.  You go on these…

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Recently Won Case Against a Dealership

A couple of months ago we received a call from a young woman in West Virginia.  She traveled to Uniontown, PA to purchase a used vehicle from used car dealership.  She purchased a used mini van and drove it home.  At the time of sale, the vehicle did not have a valid State inspection.  However,…

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Gap Insurance Isn’t Paying

One thing you can be sure of, if there is a way for a car dealership to make more money from its customers, it will figure out how to do it.  Gap Insurance is a good example.  Gap insurance is an insurance policy to protect you against “gaps” in your payments toward your financing.  Here…

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Commercial vs. Residential Vehicles

Pennsylvania’s Lemon Law only applies to residential (household) vehicles.  It almost seems unfair, but vehicles used for commercial purposes are not covered.  That means a small business owner, say a contractor, could buy a big Ford pickup truck to use as his personal vehicle and for work and it would not be covered by the…