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Don't let car repairs deplete your finances

A federal jury ruled against the automobile manufacturer Ford in favor of the plaintiffs for the second time in recent months in late December. They decided that the automaking giant should have to pay the maximum penalties to victims for intentionally violating consumer protection laws when they rendered their decisions in both cases.

Used cars aren't covered by West Virginia's Lemon Laws

If you've been thinking about buying a used car and you're counting on some law here in West Virginia bailing you out if it doesn't work as advertised, then think again. While the state does have a lemon law that protects new-car buyers for some time after their purchase, there are no similar protections on the books for used-car purchasers. West Virginia law was updated on July 1 giving second-hand car buyers even fewer rights.

There are states with worse lemon laws than West Virginia

A study published earlier this year by the Center for Auto Safety (CAS) captured how many states have weak lemon laws on the books. Many consumers end up having to settle with a far worse resolution than they should have to as a result. While some states have poorly articulated lemon laws in place, West Virginia, fortunately, isn't one of them.

Nonconformities explained

The process of purchasing a new vehicle in Charleston can be both exhilarating and terrifying. You are no doubt excited about the purchase, yet your enthusiasm is often tempered by concerns that the vehicle may not function as well as you expect once you drive it off the lot. Many people have come to us here at The Grubb Law Group after having been told that they can take a poorly functioning vehicle back to the dealership and that the dealer must take it back, no questions asked. If you have been told the same thing, you first need to know exactly what your consumer protections are in such a situation. 

Do car salespeople use deceptive practices?

Buying a car can be stressful enough on its own. You may also be subject to deceptive practices intended on bilking consumers out of money or convincing them to buy a vehicle that is not up to snuff. In this case, it's crucial that you're able to identify common deceptive sales tactics so you can avoid them whenever possible. To help you do just that, Bankrate offers the following information. 

Defining the reasonable number of repair attempts

As far as purchases go, few are bigger than buying a new vehicle in Charleston. By "new," many assume that to mean a brand new vehicle fresh from a manufacturer's assembly line. Yet in reality, many of the 17.22 million vehicles that the National Automobile Dealers Association reports were sold in 2018 were previously used. The nightmare shared by every buyer of a used car is that they will be saddled with a lemon, yet local lemon laws protect them by putting the responsibility on dealers and manufacturers to deal with defective vehicles. How the law requires that such vehicles be dealt with can cause quite a bit of confusion. 

How do I know if my vehicle was involved in a recall?

There are many reasons you may have missed a recall notice. Perhaps you have recently moved to West Virginia from out of state and still get your mail elsewhere, for example. Luckily, it is quite easy to determine whether your vehicle has been involved in an official recall notice.

Car manufacturers recall 74 percent more vehicles than they sell

In 2018, Forbes reported that automotive recalls had hit a four-year low for 2017. However, it also added that automotive recalls totaled 30.7 million units, compared to total sales of 17.6 million new vehicles. These figures may cause many drivers in West Virginia to reconsider the safety of their vehicles.

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