California Lemon Law Aided By Car Buyer’s Bill Of Rights Includes Cooling Off Period For Used Car Bu

California’s lemon law, one of the first in the nation, has now been reinforced by the addition of the Car Buyer’s Bill of Rights. Now, those who buy used cars will be protected against buying used lemon cars.
California was the first state in the country to have passed an auto lemon law in 1982. It has helped many consumers pitted against defective automobiles. If it is not for this lemon law the unfortunate consumer would have had to endure the pain silently. Though the California lemon law is a pioneering legislation and is one of the most powerful and consumer-friendly laws in the country it had had a catch – it did not protect the consumers of used lemon cars. Those who purchased used cars in California were expected to be on their own even if the car had hidden defects and the seller knowingly hid the lethal facts about the car. The consumer of the used lemon car was totally put in dark.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in late July signed the Car Buyer’s Bill of Rights into law.
This turn of events has changed the face of the ways used cars are being sold in California:

Buyers will now have the option of returning a used vehicle to the point of purchase after a two day trial period
Buyers get an opportunity to find any defects or problems with the vehicle that were either unknown or undisclosed

The law originally allowed a buyer to return a car after two days with no charge and no penalty. This, the dealers argued, would tantamount to their borrowing a car for two days for free for a weekend trip, in which case the consumer is saving on a rental car.
In an attempt to further restrict consumers from simply borrowing the car for two days the legislature added in the new law the following rules:

Buyers will pay a fee in order to enable the return privilege
This fee may not exceed $250
Dealers have the permission to charge a restocking fee for any returned vehicle in addition to the upfront fee
A fee is capped at a maximum of $500
This law applies to all used cars of under $40,000, including certified used cars
The vehicle be driven no more than 250 miles during the cooling off period

This legislature added in the new law:

Allows buyers the opportunity to save money
Offers more transparency in the process of selling used cars
Encourages sellers to be more honest about any problems in the vehicles
Reveals defect if the consumer has the right to find it and return it two days later
Protects consumers against the buyer’s remorse if they had bought the vehicle with the undisclosed defects
Protects consumers against fraud
Protects dealers against abuse of their used cars by free loaders Its time similar laws passed in other states too.

GM Sued Under Lemon Law

While Toyota is definitely taking the brunt of recalls lately, other vehicle manufacturers have troubles of their own: GM is currently being sued over a 2009 Chevrolet. The owner of the Chevrolet claims he experienced repeated problems that caused him to fear for his safety.

This is not the first time GM has been sued for safety issues – in 2009 a wrongful death suit was filed against them for defective seat belts. 2009 also saw a recall of almost 1.5 million mid- and full-size Buick, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile and Pontiac vehicles because of an engine oil leak problem that could pose a fire risk.

This kind of defect in a vehicle is precisely what the lemon law is about. It protects consumers from the harm or loss caused by purchasing a defective vehicle. Who has what rights and what duties in lemon law matters? It seems clear. The consumer has the duty to present the vehicle to the manufacturer or its representative, the dealership, in order that they are able to diagnose the defect and repair it. Along with the duty, the consumer has a right to expect the dealership to repair the vehicle honestly and expeditiously.

What are the rights of the manufacturer? Simply put, they have the right to expect that the consumer will present their defective vehicle at an authorized dealer for repair in a timely manner, and that the consumer properly maintain the vehicle. The manufacturer should have no other expectation. They should not expect a consumer to perfectly describe the defect they are experiencing or any other limiting requirement.

Of the thousands of lemon law clients we have spoken with, it is extremely rare that a manufacturer makes a legitimate offer to buy back or replace a defective vehicle. In each of these cases no hint of awareness of their affirmative duty was present.

Not all manufacturers or dealerships are the same. Some, certainly not enough, really do have the consumers best interests at heart.

If however you find yourself with a defective vehicle and a manufacturer who is not ready to step up and replace or refund as they should, find yourself an experienced lemon law attorney. Do your homework. Look at their record. See what others who have used their services have to say.

Be certain they offer you a free case evaluation without delay. Never be afraid to ask hard questions. Its important and it can determine the outcome of your lemon law case.

About Norman Taylor & Associates

Norman Taylor & Associates has been assisting consumers since 1987. Our goal is to provide individuals who have the misfortune of purchasing a defective vehicle or goods, and who have recourse under the Lemon Law, with the highest quality legal representation. With a twenty-three year history of successful cases, Norman Taylor & Associates has established its reputation as a firm of consumer advocates that gets the job done. We represent California residents of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

Researching Personal Injury and Family Law in St. Petersburg

If you are going through a divorce, or possibly you have had an injury lately as a result of someone else’s negligence, then you should look into personal injury and family law in St. Petersburg. Several Americans do not know a lot about the court system. They are not familiar with the overall structure of how the law works. It can actually be quite confusing at times, and this is why it is so important to do your research about personal injury and family law before you hire an attorney. There are several different things that you will want to look for before you hire a lawyer.

You will want to be sure that they have been successful in cases pertaining to personal injury and family law in St. Petersburg. Anytime that you have family involved in a law suit it can become very difficult for both sides. It is always nice to know that you have a support system behind you. One of the best supporters will be your lawyer. This means that you will want to be sure that you feel comfortable with them. You may have to go in and personally meet him or her before you can decide if you would like to work with them. This may seem tedious but it is an important step to take.

When you meet with a lawyer who specializes in personal injury and family law in St. Petersburg you will want to be sure that you make a list of questions that you would like to ask them before hand. This could include anything from how much they charge to how much experience they have in a specific area. It is important to remember that anything you spend on an attorney will certainly pay off in the end. This is why it is so important to ensure that you are getting the most experienced lawyer possible for the best price. To find an attorney that specializes in personal injury and family law it is important that you are willing to do a bit of research about him or her. You can find this information out in a variety of different ways. For example, you can look online for reviews about a certain lawyer, or you can visit their website. On the lawyer’s website it should tell you what they specialize in, and how much experience they have in the field of law.

You can also find a lawyer that has experience in personal injury and family law in St. Petersburg by talking to friends and neighbors about their experiences with various lawyers in your area. For example, if you know a friend that has been divorced then you could ask him or her which attorney they hired and their experiences with him or her. Once you find the best attorney for you, it is important that you sit down and meet with them face to face. You will want to ask them any questions that you may have about the legal system.

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Knowing the Basics of Escrow Law When Purchasing Pleasanton Real Estate

During the process of home buying, you’ll likely hear the term escrow many times. This can be a little bit confusing to many people, especially first time buyers. It’s your right, as a buyer of Pleasanton homes for sale, to understand escrow and the laws that govern it.

What is an Escrow?

An escrow is defined as anything of value to a party, such as a deed, a document, or money, held by an unbiased third party to be used or delivered to another party after fulfilling a certain event, condition, or obligation. The term is also used to refer to the transaction itself.

Escrow Law

For the protection of the parties who entrust their assets to escrow agents in Pleasanton or anywhere in California, the Escrow Law was enacted. Escrow agents, Internet escrow agents, and joint control agents are subject to its provisions.

An escrow agent is someone who is engaged in the field of receiving escrows for the purpose of delivery or deposit, while an Internet escrow agent is someone who is also engaged in this business, but does it over the Internet.

On the other hand, a joint control agent is any individual who receives money or other assets for spending or payment of the cost of services, materials, labor, fees, permits, or any other things acquired in the building of real property improvements.

Under the Escrow Law, anyone involved in the escrow or joint control business is required to be a corporation that is arranged for that function and must be licensed by the Commissioner. Also, all Internet escrow agents are subject to the licensure requirements. However, there are some individuals who are exempted from such requirements:

1. An individual who does business under any state or federal law that is related to insurance companies, savings and loan or building and loan associations, trust companies, or banks.

2. Any individual who has a license to practice law in this state and has a valid business relation with a principal in a personal property transaction or real estate; also, someone who isn’t engaged in an escrow agent’s business.

3. An individual whose main business is making searches or preparing abstracts of title used as a basis for the distribution of a title insurance policy by a certain company that is subject to any state law related to insurance companies.

4. A real estate broker that has a license from the Real Estate Commissioner while working in a transaction wherein he/she is an agent and is required to have a real estate license.

Below are the requirements to be able to get a license under the Escrow Law:

1. Pay the application fee
2. Must be a member of the EAFC or the Escrow Agents’ Fidelity Corporation
3. File a fidelity bond
4. Submit audited financial records that show the minimum financial requirements
5. File a surety bond of no less than $25,000
6. Must undergo background checks done by the Department
7. Must reach the minimum required experience
8. Has to provide a signed affidavit as proof that he/she is familiar with the Escrow Law
9. Must file a branch office application

If you’re purchasing a property in Pleasanton real estate, it’s essential to understand the legal aspects of the home buying process, including the Escrow Law.