June 29, 1989 |
Question: I have repeatedly had to return my new Chevrolet to the dealer for different repairs. The engine computer went out once, stranding me. Since then, the engine doesn't seem to run right. The power door locks would not work. And just recently, the automatic transmission seems to be making a loud clunk every time it shifts. I am worried I have a lemon. I have heard there is something called a lemon law. What is it and how do I use it?--N.G. Answer: The vast majority of problems on new cars, even difficult ones that defy the first repair attempt, can be solved without invoking lemon laws, but occasionally a car is so badly built that a motorist has no alternative but to do legal battle with the manufacturer.
October 8, 1987 |
Question: I purchased a Mazda RX-7 from a new-car dealer in March. It was sold to me as a new car, and I paid above the sticker price. Since then, I learned the car was sold a month earlier to a man who drove it 400 miles. (I have his name, address and phone number.) I believe the factory warranty registration may still be in the previous owner's name. Although I knew the mileage at the time of the purchase, I was not told the car was previously owned.
November 26, 1996 |
Chrysler Corp., which is being punished for selling "lemons" in California, appealed a state decree that would ban it from selling cars and trucks in the state for 45 days. The state, which was the first to ban a car maker for selling defective vehicles, also wants to prevent Detroit-based Chrysler from selling used cars for three years.
August 1, 1997 |
Toyota Motor Corp. said it's challenging Republic Industries Inc.'s acquisition of a Lexus dealership in California. Toyota filed a petition with the California New Motor Vehicle Board stating it's withholding consent for the transfer of the Anderson Lexus dealership in Fremont. Last week, Republic said it agreed to buy the Anderson Dealership Group, which includes Lexus as well as other makes of cars, for $40 million.
October 8, 1998 |
If your car has broken down just after the standard warranty expires and the dealer says he can fix it under a goodwill adjustment, it's your lucky day in the shop. But are the dealership and the manufacturer actually executing a so-called secret warranty that involves a defective product without disclosing it?
August 23, 1988 |
Gov. George Deukmejian on Monday officially removed a Glendora car dealer, who had been heavily disciplined by the Department of Motor Vehicles, from a state board with the power to overrule DMV disciplinary actions. Deukmejian's office acknowledged to The Times last week that in February the governor had reappointed Eminiano (Jun) Reodica to the New Motor Vehicle Board despite knowing that the DMV had fined Reodica $100,000 for hundreds of violations.