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CARS depends on contributions from the public to keep fighting for safer cars and fair deals for car buyers. CARS also receives important donations of time and expertise from volunteers.

CARS is fiercely independent, and has a strict policy against accepting contributions from the auto industry or other corporate interests. The only exceptions: if the contributions are ordered and approved by a court of law, as part of the settlement of a case brought on behalf of consumers. CARS also does not receive any government funds.

CARS is supported by contributions from individual consumers, grants from foundations, and court- ordered cy pres contributions approved by a court of law. CARS has received grants from respected pro-consumer foundations, including the Consumer Federation of America Foundation and the California Consumer Protection Foundation, through a competitive and accountable process.

CARS is a tax-exempt non-profit public benefit organization. Contributions from consumers are very welcome and essential for our mission. Please note: due to CARS.' advocacy work on behalf of consumers, contributions to CARS are not tax-deductible. CARS is incorporated under IRS Section 501(c)(4).

CARS Membership

Annual memberships start at $15. Contributions from individual consumers who care about safety are vital to CARS' mission, and are greatly appreciated. Your help will make CARS' work on behalf of the motoring public an even greater success.

Contribute to CARS

Contributions from individual consumers who care about safety are vital to CARS' mission. Please send donations via check to:

Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety (CARS)
1107 9th Street, Suite 625
Sacramento, CA 95814

CARS is a non-profit public benefit organization. Contributions are not tax-deductible, due to CARS' legislative advocacy work on behalf of the public interest.

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C.A.R.S. Mission
CARS is a national, award-winning,
non-profit auto safety and consumer
advocacy organization working to
save lives, prevent injuries, and
protect consumers from
auto-related fraud and abuse.

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Sign CARS' petition: Tell CarMax to stop selling unsafe, recalled cars to consumers
Buyer beware!  
NEVER trust that a dealer will have the safety recall repairs performed before selling you a car that is being recalled. Dealers are so eager to make a buck, fast, they are unwilling to delay sales long enough to get the safety recall repairs done -- for FREE.

Plus -- dealers are actively opposing legislation in Washington, DC and in California that would prohibit them from renting, selling, leasing, or loaning unsafe, recalled vehicles to consumers, unless the safety recall repairs have been performed first.

CARS’ tips on how to buy a safe, reliable used car — without having to risk going to a dealer:

Top 12 used car buying tips

Dealers playing “used car roulette” with customers’ lives — and opposing legislation to make them stop

Did a dealer sell you an unsafe, recalled car? We want to hear your story. Contact CARS

Buyer Beware! Auto dealers' one-
sided contracts can ruin your life
Even if the car dealer breaks the law, you might not be able to get justice. Forced arbitration clauses hidden in the fine print can keep you tied up for years. The dealer often gets to pick the arbitrator who hears your case. CARS exposed how a dealer abused arbitration, after selling Jon Perz an unsafe car. CARS' video has received over 1.3 million views on YouTube. Jon and his attorney eventually won, but because of forced arbitration, Jon had to wait 8 years for justice:
Think this is outrageous? Call your member of Congress at 202-224-3121, and urge them to vote for the Arbitration Fairness Act. More about the AFA, now pending before Congress:
Here's what we're doing to bring
more attention to Jon's plight:
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Jon Perz has started a new petition
on the website
You're invited to check it out and send a message letting Mossy Toyota know what you think.
used car nightmare petition

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