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Q: Can I file a consumer complaint if a brand new car had problems

I purchased a new 2021 Jetta in April 2021. In September 2022 during regular oil change the dealer told me the rear brakes were down to a 1 which was really odd for a brand new car with less than 15000 miles.

They also said VW won't cover the repairs since it was just outside the... View More

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Jul 13, 2023

Go the the Maryland MVA website and look up dealership complaints. They have an entire complaint process for consumers who have issues with dealerships. In addition, some counties, such as Montgomery County, have rather robust consumer affairs offices that deal with car dealership and repair... View More

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Q: Is it illegal for a private party to lie and sell a car that the air bags are not in the car when he said they are?
Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on May 25, 2023

You could sue for fraud if he told you that there were airbags in the car and there were not.

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Q: Can I return a car that has a dent and sideswipe with rust on the side of it but I did not notice when I bought it
Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Dec 3, 2021

Review your sales contract. It will determine whether you can return the car and any warranties that apply. Most used cars have at least a 30 day warranty if purchased from a dealership. Contact them immediately and insist that they fix the damage. Most used car sales contracts state that the... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law, Land Use & Zoning and Lemon Law for Maryland on
Q: "The law does not stand anywhere." Is this a fact of legal theory, or just something with which to hit me on the head

Your statement: The Law does not stand anywhere. Et tu quo que.

Your view of the Law depends upon where you stand; and where you stand depends upon the Laws view of you.

Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg
answered on Jun 19, 2021

The law’s view of condo governance is that the condo documents control, except where they don’t. There is no statute on BBQ on the balcony unless it violates fire code, but the condo association MIGHT be able to regulate it… if they did it correctly… which they often don’t.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Products Liability and Lemon Law for Maryland on
Q: You I bought a car a month ago. I went to a dealership. Since buying the car it has broke down on me 3 times,

I’ve had multiple issues, major issues. The car was as is but i did purchase a warranty. The dealership refuses to even talk to me. I asked for a CARFAX report and he says he gave me one but he didn’t. He refuses to give me one, i ended up buying one. What legal rights do i have?

Michael Wilson McGraw
Michael Wilson McGraw
answered on Apr 22, 2021

You should seek counsel familiar with Maryland’s Lemon Law. It is tricky but I have found that once counsel gets involved, the buyer gets a response. Again there are certain procedural and timing requirements that competent counsel can assist you with.

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Q: Am i responsible for anything if i sell a car AS-IS to a private party?

I sold a car that had a rebuilt title in AS-IS condition. I did not know much about the car other than it ran good. The buyer after purchasing took the car to get inspected and found out it has frame damage and won't pass MD state inspection. They want a refund now.

Am i obligated to... View More

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Sep 7, 2016

If you were able to have it pass state inspection, and if you told him that it had been rebuilt, then you should be in the clear.

However a court may not have much sympathy for you if you didn't tell him about all the damage.

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Q: Do I have any rights when it comes to a used car I purchased that turned out to be a lemon?

I purchase a used vehicle from koons 8 months ago. I recently experienced an issue with oil consumption cause by an issue with the engine. I recently ran a carfax on the vehicle which koons failed to give me, and discovered the previous owner had numerous issues including the problem I am currently... View More

Paula J. Mcgill
Paula J. Mcgill
answered on Jul 14, 2016

You didn't state the year or mileage on the car.

You should read the Maryland Attorney General website to see if your car comes within the lemon law protection. You can cut an paste the link below.

Next, if your car does not...
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