Safety Should Be An Important Factor In Any Vehicle Research

September 17, 2012 by  
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Potential car buyers should know that safety should be one of their top priorities while looking into purchasing the perfect vehicle.

According to the news, safety advocates usually encourage consumers to research vehicles by also checking their safety ratings and taking into consideration the safety history of certain brands before deciding on one model. Many experts analyze trends related to safety reports and consumer vehicle complaints to achieve a reliable listing of vehicles that are safer and ultimately, more valuable than others due to their overall safety score.

To help consumers to make a well-informed decision, the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has implemented an Office of Defects Investigation to look into possible issues associated with certain automakers.

This subgroup, according to the news,  accepts consumer complaints with the help of an online form. The complaints are then reviewed by a highly skilled staff to determine if an investigation is required. While the federal agency reviews this data, other expert websites also review the submitted data to make a more comprehensive analysis.

According to the news, certain complaints are processed with indifference because of an inconsistency related to the manner in which consumers complain about their vehicles. To prevent issues with certain vehicles in the future and maintain high standards in motor vehicle safety, some other agencies decided to use this data and gather information on certain vehicles that could pose serious threats to consumers and that are not being recalled or questioned because the complaints are not being carefully reviewed.

One of the news organizations looking into this issue has organized the complaints in unique categories, which will help investigators to look into the diverse issues associated with the different models of vehicles being reviewed. Hopefully, this will also help consumers to learn more about the models they are interested in purchasing by being aware of the complaints gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and reported by consumers.

Experts say that the best way to learn more about a vehicle is from listening to those who own the cars they are looking into purchasing.

According to the reports issued during the month of August, consumers have reported more complaints associated to General Motors vehicles than any other automaker.

For more on the complaints report from the month of August, read the full article below and learn more about the new vehicles available.
Edmunds.com NHTSA Complaints Activity Report

 

Beware Of Internet Car-Sale Scams

September 12, 2012 by  
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The dangers of being scammed by a ‘curbstoner’, a person who sells several cars regularly with no license or place of business, have increased with on-line car sales and is the subject of a case study released by stopcurbsstoning.com.

According to the study, these scam salesmen prefer to concentrate on the low end of the used-car market. Another scam that has been raising eyebrows across the country involves e-mail scams that will contain the story of someone who just needs to sell their car at a low overall price including shipping and handling cost.

When buying a car online consumers are urged to keep in mind that if the deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

For more details, read the full article here:
The Debt-Free Car Project Chapter 3: Curbstoners and Internet Scams

Beware Of Your Rights As A Consumer

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Car buyers have rights. Most of these rights are coded into our laws, while others fall under the heading of customer service.

According to the news, being treated well by car dealers while purchasing a vehicle includes a lack of experiencing any type of gamesmanship and trickery. If you don’t feel that that’s the case, you can change which sales person and even dealership you’re using.

Experts encourage car buyers to keep in mind that the buyer shouldn’t put up or go along with any type of excessive or hidden fees.

Learn your rights as a car buyer by reading the full article here:
The Car Buyer’s Bill of Rights

Road Motors Reaches Settlement With San Diego Lemon Law Attorney

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SAN DIEGO LEMON LAW LAWYER’S LAWSUIT AGAINST ROAD MOTORS CONCLUDES WITH SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT

The San Diego lemon law lawyer who publishes this blog is pleased to announce that the parties to the lawsuit Wiltse v. Road Motors (San Diego County Superior Court Case No. 37-2010-00072138) have reached a settlement. The San Diego County Superior Court’s decision to reconsider its April 15, 2011 arbitration ruling (which required the parties to argue their claims in arbitration, rather than in court) sparked the settlement. Once the reconsideration motion was scheduled, the defendants Road Motors and Credit Acceptance Corporation agreed to a settle with the Plaintiff and his San Diego, CA lemon law lawyer.

Located in Spring Valley, California, Road Motors is a San Diego County used car dealership. Road Motors’s co-defendant, Credit Acceptance Corporation, lends and finances loans for vehicle purchases. Road Motors assigned Plaintiff Daniel Wiltse’s vehicle purchase contract to Credit Acceptance Corporation.

Complaint in Road Motors Lawsuit Contained Allegations of Fraud & Violation of the California Lemon Law

Plaintiff Daniel Wiltse, a car buyer from San Diego, CA, alleged that Road Motors sold him a used Mercedes-Benz, and that Road Motors falsified the down payment amounts in his automobile purchase contract. Mr. Wiltse’s San Diego lemon law attorney alleged in the complaint that falsifying purchase contract amounts is a violation of California’s consumer protection statutes, including the Automobile Sales Finance Act. Mr. Wiltse’s attorney further alleged that the Mercedes-Benz turned out to be unsafe and inoperable, and that this amounted to a breach of the implied warranty of merchantability under the lemon law in California. Lastly, the complaint alleged that Road Motors, by not disclosing that the Mercedes-Benz had been in a previous accident, violated the Consumers Legal Remedies Act and committed common law fraud. Cases involving previously wrecked vehicles are a common type of auto fraud prosecuted by Mr. Wiltse’s lemon law lawyer in San Diego County. Selling previously wrecked vehicles without disclosing known accident damage is not expressly prohibited by the lemon law in California; however, it may still violate California’s other consumer protection laws.

Please note: Road Motors and Credit Acceptance Corporation denied all liability during the lawsuit, and claimed that no wrongdoing was committed. Further, the settlement agreement included no admissions of liability or wrongful conduct.

Road Motors Required to Take Back Mercedes-Benz Per Terms of the Settlement

All of the parties to the Road Motors settlement agreed that the settlement’s financial terms would be private and kept confidential. However, the settlement (as negotiated by Mr. Wiltse’s San Diego lemon law attorney) required that Road Motors take back the allegedly defective Mercedes-Benz.

Other Road Motors Customers Qualify for Free Consultation with San Diego Lemon Law Attorney

San Diego, California lemon law attorney Michael R. Vachon, Esq. offers advice to Road Motors customers regarding the California lemon law’s rules. We are experts in litigating California lemon law and auto fraud lawsuits, and consultations for Road Motors customers are always FREE!! Contact the Law Office of Michael R. Vachon, Esq. at (858) 674-4100 for your free CA lemon law consultation with an expert San Diego lemon law attorney.


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Bunnin Buick Agrees to Settlement With San Diego Lemon Law Lawyer

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San Diego lemon law lawyer Michael R. Vachon, Esq. is proud to announce the successful settlement of a non-lemon law lawsuit against the Ventura County, California car dealership Bunnin Buick Pontiac GMC. San Diego lemon law attorney Michael R. Vachon, Esq. filed the complaint in Adame v. Bunnin Buick GMC, Inc. (Ventura County Superior Court Case No. 56-2012-00410807) on January 12, 2012 on behalf of Plaintiff Michelle Adame, a Ventura, California consumer. San Diego lemon law lawyer Michael R. Vachon, Esq. accepts California lemon law and car dealer fraud cases in Ventura County, and all throughout California.

In the Adame v. Bunnin Buick GMC, Inc. lawsuit, the complaint filed by San Diego lemon lawyer Michael R. Vachon, Esq. alleged that Bunnin Buick falsified the down payment amounts in Ms. Adame’s vehicle purchase contract in order to get her financed for a vehicle loan for which she otherwise would not have qualified. The complaint further alleged that this conduct violated California’s Automobile Sales Finance Act, the Consumers Legal Remedies Act, and California’s Unfair Competition law statute. Ms. Adame’s San Diego lemon law attorney also alleged that she was not the only victim of Bunnin Buick’s illegal conduct; rather, the complaint alleged that Bunnin Buick had an illegal business practice of falsifying down payment amounts in automobile purchase contracts.

San Diego lemon law attorney Michael R. Vachon, Esq. states that the falsification of down payment amounts is becoming one of the most common forms of car dealer fraud lawsuits. It has become the most common non-California lemon law litigation handled by the Law Office of Michael R. Vachon, Esq.

Please note: like most civil lawsuits, Bunnin Buick and the Plaintiff settled this case pursuant to an agreement under which Bunnin Buick did not admit any liability or wrongdoing.

To read more about lawsuits filed against Bunnin Buick Pontiac GMC click here.

Consumers With Complaints About Bunnin Buick Can Call San Diego Lemon Law Attorney Michael R. Vachon, Esq.

If you think that you have a legal claim against Bunnin Buick, and you want to talk to a California lemon law attorney who has experience litigating against Bunnin Buick, then call San Diego lemon law lawyer Michael R. Vachon, Esq. The Law Office of Michael R. Vachon, Esq. offers FREE consultations for California lemon law and car dealer fraud cases. So if you want to speak to an attorney with success in filing lawsuits against Bunnin Buick, then call San Diego lemon law attorney Michael R. Vachon, Esq. at (858) 674-4100.

West Covina Toyota Sued by San Diego Lemon Law Attorney

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San Diego lemon law attorney Michael R. Vachon, Esq. announces the filing of a lawsuit in the Los Angeles County Superior Court against the car dealership “West Covina Toyota” (Los Angeles County Superior Court Case No. KC063172). The lawsuit alleges that the Defendant, West Covina Toyota (which operates the popular new and used car dealership by the same name in West Covina, California) illegally backdated the vehicle purchase contract of the Plaintiff, Mr. Enrique Cervantes. The Plaintiff is a San Bernardino, California vehicle owner who is being represented in this lawsuit by the San Diego lemon law attorney who publishes this blog.

Non-California Lemon Law Causes of Action Alleged Against West Covina Toyota

The Plaintiff’s San Diego lemon law lawyer has alleged in the complaint that Mr. Cervantes purchased a 2011 Toyota Tacoma from West Covina Toyota on September 4, 2010, and that the West Covina, California car dealership subsequently delivered a notice to Mr. Cervantes stating that West Covina Toyota was canceling and rescinding the Toyota Tacoma’s purchase due to the fact that West Covina Toyota was unable to assign the contract to lender who would finance the deal. The Complaint further alleges that Mr. Cervantes subsequently went back to West Covina Toyota, and while there executed another purchase contract (with an increased rate of interest) for the purchase of the same vehicle. Finally, Mr. Cervantes’s Complaint alleges that West Covina Toyota backdated this second purchase contract to September 4, 2010, instead of dating on the day it was actually signed.

While backdating vehicle purchase contracts does not technically violate the California lemon law (which typically involves allegations that a manufacturer was unable to repair a vehicle), backdating violates California’s Automobile Sales Finance Act (as well as other California consumer protection statutes) because it tricks car buyers into being charged for paying for undisclosed pre-consummation interest. Mr. Cervantes’s San Diego, California lemon law attorney alleges that as a result of West Covina Toyota’s backdating of the Toyota Tacoma’s contract the contract is unenforceable and Mr. Cervantes is entitled to rescind the contract and get a full refund.

Backdating of vehicle purchase contracts is actually one of the more common forms of auto fraud that San Diego lemon law lawyer Michael R. Vachon, Esq. frequently prosecutes.

San Diego Lemon Lawyer’s Complaint Alleges West Covina Toyota Engaged in Illegal Business Practice

The Complaint in the Cervantes v. West Covina Toyota lawsuit asserts that Mr. Cervantes was not the only victim of the West Covina Toyota’s backdating. Specifically, the Complaint alleges that West Covina Toyota is engaged in an illegal practice of backdating vehicle contracts, and that Mr. Cervantes was one of many backdating victims. Accordingly, the Complaint seeks an injunction against West Covina Toyota, which would be ordered by the Los Angeles County Superior Court, and which would prohibit West Covina Toyota from backdating future vehicle purchase contracts.

Court Has NOT Yet Determined the Merits of San Diego Lemon Lawyer’s Allegations

The Court in the Cervantes v. West Covina Toyota lawsuit has not yet determined if West Covina Toyota is liable for any wrongdoing or whether the dealership committed any illegal conduct whatsoever. The Defendants is expected to deny all wrongdoing when it answers.

San Diego Lemon Law Lawyer Wants to Contact Other West Covina Toyota Customers

San Diego lemon law lawyer Michael R. Vachon, Esq. is currently attempting to locate and communicate with other West Covina Toyota customers. The lemon law attorney wants to gather information and evidence supporting the allegations in this lawsuit claiming that West Covina Toyota has a business practice of backdating vehicle purchase contracts.

If you bought a vehicle from West Covina Toyota at any time since February 17, 2008, then please call San Diego lemon law lawyer Michael R. Vachon, Esq. at within (858) 674-4100.

You will be helping the Court get to the truth in the Cervantes v. West Covina Toyota lawsuit, and you can also find out whether West Covina Toyota backdated your purchase contract, violated the California lemon law, or committed any other type of auto fraud or wrongdoing.