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  • How do I get answers?

    Hello, 6 months ago I bought a used 2014 Chevy Cruze from Bunnin Chevrolet Cadillac in Santa Barbara, Ca and within the first month and a half of ownership the car had been in the shop for over a month because it had electrical issues that caused ...

    Scott’s Answer

    Very sorry to hear of your troubles. Because it is a relatively new vehicle it likely came with a warranty from Chevrolet and since "lemon law" is "warranty law" there is a good chance you may have a case against GM to get your money back AND to get your legal fees paid by them. If you have your purchase documents and your warranty repair documents and they say what you say that they say, you likely have a good case. Most lemon law firms will review your documents at no charge and if they take your case will also do so at no charge. Good luck with this.

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  • What can I do? Do I file a police report or sue?

    Good afternoon, I recently purchased a used vehicle on Craigslist. It is an old used pickup truck for $2k. I have a signed bill of sale and paid cash for the vehicle. The seller asked if I could pick it up the next day and I agreed. Now the se...

    Scott’s Answer

    Sorry to hear this. Sounds like you got cheated. The court system offers you a remedy by suing in small claims court for your money back. Start to finish is typically 60 days or less. Good luck with this.

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  • Is it legal to sell a vehicle without informing buyer about title liens?

    I recently purchased a vehicle from a private seller for $1,800. However, after I had purchased the car, I hadn't received a title. I contacted the seller who told me that all he had was a bill of sale, never a title. Turns out, as I try to get th...

    Scott’s Answer

    Sounds like a fraud or as noted prior, at least a material misrep. I'd give seller a chance to unwind, maybe 5 days to return the money, then, absent satisfaction, sue.

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  • How do I take action if a class action lawsuit has already been settled? MINI COOPER CVT TRANSMISSION PROBLEMS.

    So, to make a long story short: On January 7th, I hit a massive pothole on the freeway in the rain that took out both tires on my right side. I drive a mini cooper and it bottomed out when this happened as it is very low already. I got it towed ho...

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    in addition to the other two proper responses, I would literally get in touch with the firm from the class action to see if they notified you, if you were even part of the class and what compensation you may be entitled to. I would also think back to whether you bought your car new or AFTER the class litigation began? Many twists and turns are available to you out there. I like the insurance bad faith angle, maybe even the seller (if you bought it used or certified) would have liability here...

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  • Can you help us with our VW emissions lawsuit?

    My husband and I bought a 2011, 2013 Jetta TDI. We have gotten several letters from lawyers wanting to represent us. We wanted a lawyer in CA, the laws firm we called in Los Angeles is asking for 40% constingency fee. That is completely over the t...

    Scott’s Answer

    My gues is that you are reading the agreements(s) as we ask for 40% of the amount ABOVE actual damages. Also, almost no one is taking these cases as VW intends to tie them up in litiagation for years. Some firms, like mine are suing the car dealer OR writing demand letters only. The only other folks I know who ARE taking them are doing so on a class action basis...

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  • Can I file a lawsuit if the seller made a false representation?

    I bought a business, the seller made a representation that the income is $xxx amount, but it's not. At the time of close of escrow, I signed an "as is" document.

    Scott’s Answer

    Sorry this happened to you.

    Depending on the representations made, you would need to show they were demonstrably wrong in hindsight and early on in your taking over of the business, since no one would really know in the initial time frame. After some period of time, word would be out, so, business could change, easily (see Chipotle and others, recently in the news). Do understand that "as is" is not an excuse to comit fraud and you will need to pay an attorney to help you. Good luck with it.

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  • Will I still be able to get my money back in small claims court for this purchase even though I was able to smog it?

    Hello. I have recently purchased a car here in CA where the owner did not smog the car before selling it. Heres my story; I bought a car from a private seller that did not smog it. After my purchase of the car I took it to get it smogged and r...

    Scott’s Answer

    See smog basics in a video blog done this morning, below...

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  • What can we do legally with this matter? Do you have a suggestion for which police organization we can contact to report it?

    My father was scammed by someone on the phone. The caller said he was my cousin who got caught up with the wrong people in Peru and ended up in jail. To get out of jail, the caller needed $2600. My father sent the money through Moneygram. A couple...

    Scott’s Answer

    Sorry to hear this.

    1- Be thankful that is all that was lost;
    2- Make sure you find a way to keep this from ever happening again, ie, guardian or a simple house rule, depending on his age and capacity?
    3- Report to the FBI

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  • Where should I file my lemon car case to the CA/Fed government?

    I bought a new car from a local car dealer (in California). It can't be repaired with 4 repair attempts. I filed my case to BBB after the first 2 repair attempts, and BBB's decision was that they compensate some money to me, and they needed to rep...

    Scott’s Answer

    1- This is one more example of why we ALWAYS advise clients that the BBB process, which is paid for (by statute) the manufacturers, is a waste of time;
    2- If YOU filed a case, their high priced attorneys would eat you up unless (and I do not believe you are) you happen to be an attorney, and then, even if you were, without specialized knowledge in the field of consumer protection/lemon law, you would still have trouble litigating against these folks.
    3- Since the California lemon law requires the manufacturer to pay your attorney, there is no reason that ANY consumer (other than wanting the feeling of going through the system?) should ever bring such a case on their own.

    I highly recommend you contact counsel to handle this for you as the issues become a LOT more complex that just "where" to file the case...

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  • In California, can a Tesla sales dep't have me sign paperwork, put a deposit down, and then tell me the car isn't available?

    Purchased a Tesla. Paperwork filled out and deposit placed vehicle. Now they are saying the vehicle is not available and that I have to buy a more expensive version with less features. Is this legal? Is this a bait and switch that I can do any...

    Scott’s Answer

    yes it's bait and switch. No they can't force you to do it. Meet the new crooks, same as the old crooks...

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