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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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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 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 »

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Products Liability and Lemon Law for California on
Q: I bought a new ford Mustang Machi full electric car, the sticker said in a fullcharge 211 i am getting 145 . brand new

iwent back to the dealer after 1 week it was 179 miles full charge and they told me because its new it should catch up and then went back the week after and it was 170 miles full charge and the car had 400 miles at the time, they said you have to drive at least 1200 miles for the car to adjust, i... Read more »

Scott Richard Kaufman
Scott Richard Kaufman
answered on Dec 17, 2021

I think a lot of lemon law attorneys would consider taking this case.

To me, your life is much simpler if you SELL the vehicle now, since it is likely worth

as much or more than what you paid for it and then just buy a different one.

Either way, I hope it works out for you.

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Lemon Law and Small Claims for California on
Q: Does a 30 day used car warranty resume or reset after it has been in repair within that time?

I bought a used truck from a used car dealership that offered a 30 day warranty. After 6 days I sent it back to the dealership to get the sunroof fixed. It wouldn't open. The car is now approaching the 30 day warranty mark while in the dealers possession. Since I've only had possession of... Read more »

Scott Richard Kaufman
Scott Richard Kaufman
answered on Dec 15, 2021

There is a provision in the CA lemon law that provides that the number of days the vehicle is in the shop extends the warranty by that number of days. AND if the issue is not fixed, the warranty remains in place on that issue until it is.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Products Liability and Lemon Law for California on
Q: Have been looking for a new 2021 Mazda Miata certain color certain make and there seems to be only this one that is avai

Have been looking for a new 2021 Mazda Miata certain color certain make and there seems to be only this one that is available at a Mazda certified dealership and the person that takes pictures of the car disclosed the information that this car had been in an accident and that it did not need to be... Read more »

Leon Bayer
Leon Bayer
answered on Oct 22, 2021

It should be traceable IF anybody filed a DMV SR-1 report. Otherwise, I doubt there is any way to know.

I suggest you ask the dealer to provide you with a copy of the collision damage repair statement. The car was probably sent out to an independent shop. Most dealers do not do their own...
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1 Answer | Asked in Lemon Law for California on
Q: I’m reaching out to you guys trying to seek advice For buying a faulty car from a private party

For buying a faulty car from a private partyHe advertised it as it had no problems never told me that he had a problem he actually told me that it was a really good working car and he had no issues with it I drove off and the check engine light came on and it’s an expensive fix

Scott Richard Kaufman
Scott Richard Kaufman
answered on Sep 4, 2021

Sorry for your issues.

Lemon law is warranty law.

This seller likely did not give you a warranty, so, no lemon law claim. Sounds like you were lied to and you think you can prove this. That would be fraud. For a fraud claim, your reliance on his lies must be...
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1 Answer | Asked in Lemon Law for California on
Q: I have a paid off ATV vehicle I sent it to a shop to get cosmetic upgrades. While at the shop it got flipped.

My off road vehicle was allegedly used off the business property to get pictures taken. The vehicle was taken out of the property without permission and an employee of the business rolled it and flipped it. The vehicle was initially taken with no prior damages.

Scott Richard Kaufman
Scott Richard Kaufman
answered on Aug 5, 2021

Sounds like you have a question. I'll guess it is, what can you do here?

You can make a demand of the dealer to put you back where you would

have been had this not happened. Dealer will likely reject. You will then

likely have to sue dealer in small claims court. Good luck with it!

1 Answer | Asked in Lemon Law for California on
Q: I filed lemon law in Calif. Lemon Law Group Partners and received a message from Chrysler agreeing to buy the vehicl

back. I have not heard from them about the buy back but they want file suit for Chrysler contacting me in violation of cease and desist order and told me not to respond to Chrysler. Are they dragging it out to bill more fees and should go ahead and contact Chrysler myself?

Scott Richard Kaufman
Scott Richard Kaufman
answered on Jul 30, 2021

So, who knows what they are thinking other than them?

It is not clear to me that THEY contact FCA for you or if you

contacted FCA on your own first and then FCA is responding

to your contact or to their's? That could make a difference.

As a lemon law attorney...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Lemon Law and Small Claims for California on
Q: Is there anything I can do about a car I purchased st a used dealership. It broke down 2 days after axle broke then brak

The car broke down a total of 4 times within 30 days I’ve had to come up with over 3000 the car was purchased cash this last time it was in the shop for something to do w transmission Nd it’s still not running right 6170 cash price no financing

Yelena Gurevich
Yelena Gurevich
answered on Apr 26, 2021

if you purchased the vehicle with a warranty the dealership should be given the opportunity to fix the issues. If you purchased it as is but it was sold with issues that needed to be disclosed, you can sue them in small claims. Small claims is appropriate for anything under $10,000. Lawyers are... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Products Liability and Lemon Law for California on
Q: January 31st 2021 and two days later it brokedown blown head gasket

January 31st 2021 and two days later it broke down I had to get it towed at my expence and have coils replaced the dealership that I purchased it from. When i picked my car up the mechanic told me that they just replac

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
answered on Mar 19, 2021

Consult with a local Lemon Law attorney.

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Business Formation, Civil Rights and Lemon Law for California on
Q: Need some legal assistance

I need some legal assistance so I purchased my car from , hired a guy to call me and trick me into taking my vehicle in for a smog check . So next I was left stranded and also did not give me or the dealer any notice of the vehicles personal belongings . Which by the way where removed by an... Read more »

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi
answered on Jan 16, 2021

You should contact your local police department (where the dealer was/is) and make a report that your car was stolen by these people. More than anything, though, you need a lawyer to help you. You can go to the Los Angeles County Bar Association's website (LACBA.com) and click on the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft, Lemon Law, Sexual Harassment and Trademark for California on
Q: Can you help me p

Someone been got into my phone

Timothy John Billick
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Timothy John Billick
answered on Oct 22, 2020

Please consult a privacy attorney to help you with this matter.

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation and Lemon Law for California on
Q: In bakersfield Ca can a car dealership sale me a car i paid cash for 7000.00 and not have it smogged within the 90 days.
Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
answered on Sep 20, 2020

I started to look up all the rules relating to dealerships selling used vehicles. After 12 pages, I stopped. The Vehicle Code, Sections 11700 - 11740 cover sales by dealers. You can look it up yourself or contact another dealer to see if they will answer your question. There is one section I... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Products Liability and Lemon Law for California on
Q: I bought a used car the guy assured me there was nothing major was wrong

he assured me Nothing major was wrong with the vehicle. I had no one to check the car out for me I'm single mother of two young children, saved up because I needed a car and 1 months later the transmission is out I believe he knew the transmission was going out and did not tell me is there... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jun 21, 2020

A California attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for three weeks. As a general matter, private sales often tend to be "as is." I'm sorry for the difficult situation the purchase has put you in, but unless the seller included some form of written warranties,... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law and Lemon Law for California on
Q: I recently posted a question on here about how my car was paid off but got repossessed. the dealership said I had a loan

well I checked all three credit reports and screen recorded my credit reports online and sent it to the dealership to prove they are at fault and no loan was even talked about. what kind of demand letter can I send? is there any lawyers who will draft and send one for u at a cost of some of the... Read more »

Scott Richard Kaufman
Scott Richard Kaufman
answered on Jun 11, 2020

Sorry for your issues. Assuming all facts you state to be correct, you can go with an Auto Fraud claim (attorney) or you can go with an Unfair Debt Collection claim (Attorney) or someone who handles both. Anyone who practices consumer law should be able to handle OR refer to the proper firm.

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Products Liability and Lemon Law for California on
Q: I bought a used car the guy assured me there was nothing major was wrong

he assured me Nothing major was wrong with the vehicle. I had no one to check the car out for me I'm single mother of two young children, saved up because I needed a car and 1 months later the transmission is out I believe he knew the transmission was going out and did not tell me is there... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
answered on Jun 9, 2020

Very sorry to hear about your situation. Buying used cars is difficult particularly if you are not mechanically inclined and cannot detect defects on your own. But lets talk about what you can do now. If you bought this from a dealer, you probably got a very limited EXPRESS warranty (meaning... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law and Lemon Law for California on
Q: Seller did not fully disclose mileage despite claiming original miles.

I recently purchased a vehicle which was listed as "125k original miles."

I found a service document listing this vehicle at 161,422 miles on 7/20/17. The VIN and license number match. However, the gauge cluster reads 125k miles. Because of the increase in miles, there is a... Read more »

Scott Richard Kaufman
Scott Richard Kaufman
answered on Jun 8, 2020

Seller has committed (LIKELY) a crime, as rolling back an odometer is a federal crime.

If for instance, the prior repair order is in seller's name, you have proof he KNEW of the rollback.

You cannot THREATEN to report the seller, you can only report him/her or not report....
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2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law and Lemon Law for California on
Q: If I purchased a vehicle and the seller lied about the mileage on the car how do I go about this process if I have proof

I have service records indicating that the mileage on the car is more than what is listed on the odometer from 3 years ago. It was listed at 161,422 from a Jiffy Lube on 7/20/17. Upon purchase, the mileage is at 125,644.

Scott Richard Kaufman
Scott Richard Kaufman
answered on Jun 6, 2020

To commit odometer fraud is a CRIMINAL offense, a Federal Crime. IF it's done by an individual AND you can prove intent, ie, they knew it, that person can be charged criminally. It would be HARD to get law enforcement generally to take it seriously though. Maybe DMV would take it seriously?... Read more »

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