C.A.R.S. Activities 2012

CARS is leading the battle in Congress and in California to stop rental car companies from renting unsafe vehicles that are being recalled, until they're fixed.

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CARS backs legislation to improve protections for CA used car buyers.

In response to news reports about auto dealers gouging consumers and selling them overpriced used cars, Assemblymember Wieckowski has introduced a bill in Sacramento to require auto dealers to post the fair market value of the car -- on the vehicle, so consumers can refer to it when choosing a car.

CARS letter of support notes that auto dealers commonly scam military personnel by charging exorbitant amounts for junky cars.

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Three bills to rein in buy here pay here dealers advance.
Los Angeles Times
April 25, 2012
by Marc Lifsher

"These dealers advertise that they have transportation for people who need to go to work and give people a way to improve their credit," said Rosemary Shahan, executive director of Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety. "Instead, the exact opposite happens, and they are left with a car that breaks down right away and needs repairs that they can't afford."

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CARS opposes legislation pushed by Carfax.

Seeking to continue its domination of the vehicle history market, Carfax attacks new protections for CA car buyers from salvage fraud, auto theft and related crimes. CARS and other consumer groups, law enforcement officials, and Carfax competitors oppose Carfax's brazen attempt to turn back the clock on new auto safety law.

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CARS backs tough Advanced Clean Cars standards, helps win victory for consumers and public health at California Air Resources Board:

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CARS exposes dangerous "death wobble" defect in Jeeps.

The Watchdog: Jeep driver scared of uncontrollable shaking Annapolis Capitol

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CarMax sells cars with deadly
safety defects.
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Buyer Beware! Auto dealers use
forced arbitration
to get away with cheating customers
Even when car dealers flagrantly violate consumer protection laws, you may not be able to get justice. That's because almost 100% of car dealers stick "forced arbitration" clauses into their contracts. If they cheat you, and you try to take them to court, they can just laugh at you. That's because they can get your case kicked into arbitration -- a secret, rigged process that favors big, corrupt lawbreakers. The dealer often gets to choose the arbitration firm, and even the arbitrator who hears your case. Unlike judges, arbitrators are perfectly free to ignore the law.

Dealers claim that arbitration is quick. But Jon Perz in San Diego had to wait over 8 years in "arbitration limbo" before he finally got justice, after Mossy Toyota sold him an unsafe car. CARS produced a short video exposing what happened. More than 1.3 million people have watched our video on YouTube:
See the billboard CARS displayed
right next to Mossy Toyota's car lot,
and read more about how Jon finally won.

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