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  • Can i get my down payment back? And return used car

    My wife bought a used car . And they couldnt finance her. The. Tried to make new contract. Never made it! Then called and asked us to bring the car in. We said its over heating and they came and picked it up.and said when we make the first payment...

    Scott’s Answer

    You will need to put together a time line of events and send it and all of your sales documents and all other documents to an attorney who handles lemon law and auto fraud, for a no fee review, in order to get a proper opinion. You may in fact be able to get a refund, based on what you've stated here.

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  • 'Investigator' told me I was being charged with a Class D Felony in CA for check fraud for a payday loan. HELP!

    I received a call from an "Investigator who stated that I was unable to pay back a pay day loan. Therefore, I needed to pay a fee, or else they would be sending charges against me for a Class D Felony. I wasn't able to pay the fee they wanted at t...

    Scott’s Answer

    1- A party may not threaten criminal prosecution to get an advantage in a civil matter;
    2- A party may not threaten criminal prosecution to attempt to collect a debt.
    Contact an attorney who handles unfair debt collection matters for help and direction. (FDCPA)

    Find a good one here: http://www.consumeradvocates.org

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  • I bought a car from lithia. chevrolet in redding ca.

    the sales people said that it was gone over by the service people but it started over heating a week or so after i got it. I took the car back three times and it took me writing a page and 1-2. for them to do anything

    Scott’s Answer

    It would be of great help for the attorneys responding, to know what it is you are trying to find out. So, if you have a question, you may wish to ask it.

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  • Can Honda ask for your legal status?

    I purchased a vehicle from Honda recently (Saturday). I signed all the paper work and everything. The next day I got a text (seems a bit unprofessional) from one of the sales/financial associates that helped me with my purchase, saying that Honda ...

    Scott’s Answer

    The dealer cannot, to my knowledge. The company (bank) that wishes to purchase the contract from dealer probably can. Tell salesman to have bank contact you directly. If they will not, it's likely a scam.

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  • If a leased car is a lemon, does that invalidate the contract?

    I leased a Ford Fiesta, made all payments. Several months before the lease expired, the transmission failed several times, and I sued Ford under the California Lemon Law. They settled with me and I returned the car. I had gone over the mileage lim...

    Scott’s Answer

    1- ask your lawyer as s/he gets paid by Ford for this;
    2- if your lawyer will not help you may have to pay a new lawyer to look at the agreement.
    3- hopefully this never happens again, but, if it does, find an attorney to handle it for you, since Ford is required to pay your attorney.

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  • Is a car agency liable for not disclosing damages on the vehicles they sell?

    I purchased a certified used 2012 Mercedez Benz from Carmax in Dec 2014. The documentation I received stated it was a one owner vehicle previously leased with 6,700 miles and no accidents. I just took my car in for the first service at the Merce...

    Scott’s Answer

    If CarMax affirmatively lied to you, this would be a good case. A document review will be needed. These are usually free. CarMax should also have to pay your attorney fees. CarMax has been selling dangerous cars as certified in California for a while. Do a net or youtube search. You'll be surprised I think.

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  • Can I sue a grocery store for restocking bad foods?

    I went to a grocery store recently and saw that some of the vegetables were on the floor. It was a pile of cilantro and green unions. Then I see two employees picking up the ground and restocking them. I know that vegetables aren't throughly clean...

    Scott’s Answer

    Like any matter, you can sue pretty much for anything. That said, you may be spending alot of money with very little return, so, do be careful about who you sue and why...

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  • Can a car dealership refuse to return my down payment?

    I placed a deposit of $7,500 on a car. I did not sign anything. However, after finding out that the particular car model is laced with difficulties we pulled out. I wrote to the dealership and explained that we had changed our mind, and how to ret...

    Scott’s Answer

    Generally, no, they cannot do this, based on the facts you've stated. I have had three such cases, all successful, this year.

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  • I have problem with bmw dealer. They broke my headlights and they are not fixing them back.

    I took my BMW to BMW dealer in Concord to get my regular service ( Oil, Filter change etc.) and I had an error on my dash was saying " Adaptive headlights error". They said they will check that for me. I picked up my car and there was a lot of wat...

    Scott’s Answer

    Sounds like a straight lemon. I've heard of these issues prior. You need to have all of your repair orders reviewed by a lemon law attorney. Most will do this at no charge to you.

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  • In the State of California do corporations need to be represented by attorneys? Whether in house or an outside law firm?

    I was served with a tro by a corporation. When I received the summons for the court hearing I found out that the petition was not signed and date. I checked the court records and neither was the original. I was advised by an attorney not to att...

    Scott’s Answer

    Like all things legal, it depends. While it may be true that a corp MUST be represented by a lawyer and this non-lawyer could be practicing law without a license and get in a LOT of trouble, it would be helpful in my eyes, to have representation to point this out to the court. Otherwise, later, you need to hire someone to undo it, if the Judge, who is VERY busy, does not argue your case for you in your absense.

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