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3 Answers | Asked in Lemon Law for California on
Q: i purchased a 2017 chevy cruze from a dealer ship called Family auto sales, it keeps on heating up.

I took the car to the dealership three time already, twice they have said that they don't find anything wrong with it. the third time they just said it was not their problem anymore since the car was already financed and it belonged to the finance company. I took it to a third party repair... Read more »

James R. Dickinson
James R. Dickinson
answered on Sep 22, 2022

More information is needed regarding, among other things, what promises or warranties, if any, may have been made as part of the sale. Speak with a local attorney. [I litigate cases. Anything posted here must not be construed as legal advice, nor as grounds for forming an attorney-client... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Lemon Law for California on
Q: i purchased a 2017 chevy cruze from a dealer ship called Family auto sales, it keeps on heating up.

I took the car to the dealership three time already, twice they have said that they don't find anything wrong with it. the third time they just said it was not their problem anymore since the car was already financed and it belonged to the finance company. I took it to a third party repair... Read more »

Yelena Gurevich
Yelena Gurevich
answered on Sep 22, 2022

you should gather all your paperwork (from purchasing the documents, to warranties, to report reports, etc) and consult with an auto fraud/ dealership fraud attorney. during the consultation and after full review of your documents, the attorney should be able to inform you of your legal options in... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Lemon Law for Colorado on
Q: I am an international student and bought an used car in Jan 8 convinced by the fact that the Carfax was clean.

But very soon it presented overheating problems. On Jan 17, 9 days after the purchase, I took it for an oil exchange at Grease Monkeys, where they made the following comments on the invoice:

- COOLANT SYSTEM LEAK

- ENGINE OIL LEAK

- HEAD GASKET LEAKING

Which... Read more »

Michael Joseph Larranaga
Michael Joseph Larranaga
answered on Sep 19, 2022

While this is not my area of expertise, I would check into the state's lemon laws. If you purchased the vehicle from a dealer you might be able to return it or have them fix some of the issues. I recommend checking the colorado bar's website under the licensed lawyer tool to look for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Lemon Law for North Carolina on
Q: Does the Lemon law protect used vehicles purchased under Warranty?

7/15/ 21Purchased 2018 Yukon denali XL from a GM dealership for $67,573 & 34,921 miles

6/08 Vehicle started shaking while idle. I received a low oil alert on my phone. Checked oil & it was 75% full.

6/13 Took vehicle to mechanic to have the idle issue looked into. While... Read more »

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Aug 23, 2022

The Lemon Law only applies to new vehicles. However, you may have claims against the dealer or manufacturer because of the warranty issues. The Magnuson-Moss Act may apply. If you also purchased a service contract, additional claims may apply. You need to take all of the purchase and warranty... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Lemon Law for California on
Q: I purchased a used vehicle from a dealership in CA. 04/21/2022. it has been 107 days and dealer has failed to transfer

I called DMV and was told the dealership failed to transfer tittle. DMV also informed me that the dealership in fact had possession of the new registration "tags" at the time of purchase. However, i did not recieve those stickers. Registration expired in March 2022. Purchased vehicle... Read more »

Scott Richard Kaufman
Scott Richard Kaufman
answered on Aug 6, 2022

Anything else you should know? The law is rarely black and white and even when it is, some lawyer or some judge figures out a way to add a new shade of grey. We have an adversarial system of justice and that keeps both sides employed. Both sides argue and then typically, if they cannot settle... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Lemon Law and Small Claims for South Carolina on
Q: I was sold a car that had a 125-point inspection, took it to a mechanic and there were issues that should've been found

The car dealership advertises that they do a 125-point inspection and the issues that were found total up to almost $2,000. I researched what type of issues are looked at with this type of inspection, and with the information that I found there is no way that an inspection was done. Is this false... Read more »

David Andrew Maxfield
David Andrew Maxfield
answered on Aug 1, 2022

Potentially; SC has a Motor Vehicle Dealer's Act, which prohibits deception in advertising or in statements made to you about the condition of the car. So, if Dealer said it had done an inspection (in advertising or elsewhere) but did not really do one, Dealer could be sued under the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Lemon Law for New Jersey on
Q: I recently financed a ‘13 Dodge Avenger from a used car dealership. It failed 2 emissions inspections.

The car has been at the mechanic longer than I have been able to use it and I’m making payments on it for 2 months now without being able to use the vehicle. The dealership refuses to void the contract and insists of wasting more time trying to fix it or selling me a different car with a higher... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer
answered on Jul 31, 2022

This question was previously asked and answered. Good luck.

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Small Claims and Lemon Law for Michigan on
Q: Can I sue Ford in small claims court for faulty engine.

My Ford escape with EcoBoost engine blew up. This is a common problem there are class action lawsuits. Can I sue Ford in small claims court and would it be worth it.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jul 26, 2022

Can you? Yes. Should you? No. You need to understand that major corporations like Ford have entire departments full of attorneys working for them, any of whom would have a field day with a pro se litigant. The first thing they will do is remove the case to the general civil docket because 1)... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Lemon Law for Tennessee on
Q: Can we make a dealer repair or replace a bad 5th wheel camper (used)?

Purchased a used 5th wheel camper from a dealer. Got it home and slide-out malfunctioned. Went out crooked, woud not go back in straight. Paid someone to come get it in straight. He found a bent slide rail and gears with evidence of previous damage.

Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills
answered on Jul 13, 2022

Depends on whether you purchased "as is" or with or without a warranty. And maybe whether they knew about the problem and intentionally covered it up.

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Lemon Law and Small Claims for California on
Q: Can I have dealership remove paint protection and gps theft protection add on?

Dealership added warranty, paint protection, and gps tracker on the contract. The contract was already signed, we were able to have the warranty removed, but not the paint protection and gps theft protection as they said they are required when buying new vehicles from their dealership. Is this true... Read more »

Leon Bayer
Leon Bayer
answered on Jun 9, 2022

You have asked a good question which should serve as a warning to all consumers: Read the contract before you sign it.

I think I can guarantee that if you had complained before you signed, those add-ons would have been removed. The dealer's explanation is simply bs to lull people into...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Lemon Law for Michigan on
Q: Is it the manufacturers fault or the dealerships fault? Also should I hire and attorney and if so which type?

A recall (ECU software update) that came with an emissions warranty came out in 2019. I tried to have the recall done in 2019, dealership said they couldn't do it due to modifications made to the vehicle. In 2021 I went back to have the recall completed with same "modifications"... Read more »

Adam Alexander
Adam Alexander
answered on May 27, 2022

I suggest you hire a lawyer to address this matter. At the very least you should have an attorney send a demand letter to both the manufacturer and dealer.

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law and Lemon Law for California on
Q: What can I do about mechanical issues and damage on the brand new RV purchased from a dealership?

I just purchased a brand new 2022 RV from a dealership. We purchased it about 2 hours away from our home. When we got it home that same day of purchase, the slide out was malfunctioning. After getting a mobile repairman out for inspection he found that the wiring was faulty and slide out damaged.... Read more »

Daniel Timothy LeBel
Daniel Timothy LeBel
answered on Apr 6, 2022

The buyer has the option to demand repair or replacement for violations of California's Song Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, the "lemon law." It is a violation, subject to limitations, for a warranteed product to be out of service for 30 days or more. You should contact an experienced... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Lemon Law and Consumer Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Can I sue a well reputable bmw dealership for selling me a car for lemon law back around 2018?

I purchased pre-certified 2015 bmw 535xi when it has 55k miles on it and now the car only has 62k miles on it in 2022. it broke down on me yesterday. It's barely driven for all these years and it breaks down (possibly the drivetrain).

Christopher Tolley
Christopher Tolley
answered on Apr 4, 2022

I think you may be out of luck. From the Massachusetts Lemon Law website:

Your Vehicle's Term of Protection

Your used vehicle has a set time frame during which it is eligible for repairs!

You vehicle is eligible for mandatory repairs if the defects occur during your...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Lemon Law and Contracts for Kentucky on
Q: Mr. Denison I haven't been able to get ahold of the owner of the car lot that committed ky consumer protection act

To discuss anything about the truck either he's not there or he doesn't return calls found out today that he has done went and put my vehicle up for sale again without giving me order for repossession or anything I know I need to hire a lawyer that would take it on a contingency plan can... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Mar 23, 2022

Where are you located?

1 Answer | Asked in Lemon Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: Does a used car from 2007 with 150000 miles have a guarantee from a used car dealer?

I drove the car for 38 miles and started to have transmission problems. The dealer said that I don't have a guarantee or a refund due to the car having more than a 100,000 miles.

Rafael  Pagan-Colon
Rafael Pagan-Colon
answered on Mar 9, 2022

For the sake of discussion, I'm assuming that the vehicle was purchased and is in use in Puerto Rico. Regulation 7159 of the Puerto Rico Consumer Affairs Department (DACO) states the following warranties are in effect, based upon the mileage of the car:

* Up to 36,000 miles, 4 months...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Lemon Law for Kentucky on
Q: What is the best course of action to take with the car lot that committed fraud under the KY consumer protection act

Haven't spoken to car lot since picking vehicle up in Jan. after finding out it has a rebuilt title & 3 recalls that don't know if have been serviced & told DMV that I paid 4,000 instead 1,500 down & 375 mth on balance of 7,000 & got behind due to health issues & got... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Feb 24, 2022

Hire a lawyer and sue them is your best course of action.

1 Answer | Asked in Products Liability and Lemon Law for California on
Q: 2011 Hyundai Sonata engine blew with only 72,000 miles from Carvana.

I'm asking this on behalf of my younger cousin. She baught a 2011 Hyundai Sonata with only 72,000 miles from Carvana in May of 2021. Last week the engine blew out. Got it back from the mechanic yesterday and it will be $7000 to fix. The car was sold to her for $10,000 but she ended up with a... Read more »

Yelena Gurevich
Yelena Gurevich
answered on Feb 17, 2022

you cousin needs to call and consult with an attorney than handles dealership fraud cases. these cases are very fact and document specific and until an attorney does a full review, it will be very difficult to give your cousin any legal advice.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Business Law and Lemon Law for California on
Q: Does my family member have a case for innocent, or even negligent misrepresentation?

A family member of mine recently purchased a used car in California, opting to enter into an “as is” contact because the car dealer showed them paperwork certifying the condition of the car (checked/signed off on by a mechanic of his choice), as well as a clean accident report. Due in large... Read more »

Yelena Gurevich
Yelena Gurevich
answered on Jan 31, 2022

Like most attorney responses...it depends. The fact pattern suggests your friend had the vehicle inspected by "mechanic of his choice." This implies that your friend's mechanic inspected the vehicle and found no issues. Or it could imply that your friend did not have the vehicle... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Lemon Law for Kentucky on
Q: Just found out that the buy here pay here car lot that I'm buying my vehicle from has withheld information to me and ha

Lied to the DMVs office. My truck broke down upon doing a Vin check to find out what model it is to know which part it takes found out that it has a salvage title and three recalls on it. Which the car lot never said anything to me about the title or the recalls we had a verbal agreement on the... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jan 30, 2022

Hire an attorney and file suit against the seller for fraud under the Ky Consumer Fraud Protection Act. You may be able to rescind the contract snd recover your attorney fees.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Collections and Lemon Law for Massachusetts on
Q: If I have a duplicate title to my vehicle and the spot for lien holder is empty could there still be a lien on my car?

The rmv website says no lien holder and on my title it only says my name and information nothing about a lien holder could there still be a lien holder on my vehicle?

Christopher Tolley
Christopher Tolley
answered on Jan 28, 2022

If this is a passenger vehicle, according to Massachusetts law, if there is no lienholder on the title, the secured party's interest, if any , has not been properly perfected and there is no lien on the vehicle.

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