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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2002 | Monte Morin, Times Staff Writer
Lawyers at Consumer Enforcement Watch say they are fighting for countless Californians who have been ripped off by auto mechanics. The Santa Ana-based nonprofit group has sued nearly 2,000 garages for allegedly padding bills, using secondhand parts and failing to provide customers written estimates. But the auto repair industry insists it is being scammed by attorneys seeking big legal payouts for bogus claims.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 1994
Californians who have seen movies being filmed on location know well that things often are not what they appear to be. It's all for the sake of entertainment. Now there's official word about a pretense that's far from entertaining: Many California auto repair shops are faking it, at the expense of their customers. Significant problems of fraud and incompetence in auto body repair were documented in a report released Monday by the state Bureau of Automotive Repairs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 2007 | Peter Nicholas, Times Staff Writer
The Schwarzenegger administration is facing questions about a flip-flop in which it barred a major insurance company from running an auto repair service, then reversed course and let the company operate the program after all. The issue was expected to come up today during a scheduled Senate confirmation hearing for one of the governor's political appointees: Sherry Mehl, head of the bureau that oversees the car repair industry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1993 | BARBARA MURPHY
The owner of a chain of auto transmission repair shops that once operated in Ventura County agreed Friday to pay $50,000 to settle a lawsuit by the district attorney's office accusing him of fraudulent consumer practices. The lawsuit filed last year by Ventura County prosecutors had accused Transking Inc. of, among other things, charging customers hundreds of dollars to rebuild transmissions unnecessarily. Michael R.
NEWS
November 6, 1992 | BARBARA DENATALE
Women, have you noticed a tiny hole in the bodice of your sexy knit dress? Men, how about your favorite sweater? Don't toss them away. There are people who specialize in full-scale knit repairs. To protect your clothes, look for: * Top-of-the-line machinery that will ensure that the fabric will not be damaged. * Thorough explanations before work begins regarding the flaws and complexities of your garment and how the repair work might affect it.
BUSINESS
March 10, 1992 | DENISE GELLENE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Is Stanley Auerbach, a veteran TV repairman in Malibu, a victim of stingy electronic equipment makers? Or is he an anachronism in an age where people throw broken sets away rather than have them fixed? It may take a court to decide. Auerbach is president of the California State Electronics Assn., which represents the state's 8,000 electronics and appliance repair shops.
BUSINESS
April 27, 1990 | S. J. DIAMOND
The case was extreme but not unusual. When their car sputtered and died recently, a couple had it towed to a reputable repair shop. The carburetor was cleaned; still it sputtered on the drive home and died. Over the next two weeks, a broken hose was replaced, the gas tank cleaned out and a new fuel pump put in, twice. Each time, they'd either drive off and have to call a tow when it died, or come in to pick it up, supposedly fixed, and be unable to drive it away.
NEWS
February 23, 1986 | JACK REDDEN, United Press International
The girl discreetly slipped a white blouse from the bag and showed it to a prospective buyer in the crowd. The English label meant a high price, but it also meant high quality. However, the clandestine sale at the Moskva Univermag department store never took place. A plainclothes policeman stepped from the milling crowd of shoppers, grabbed the merchandise and escorted both buyer and seller away. In the Soviet Union, selling is the business of the state, not individuals.
AUTOS
June 11, 2013 | Ronald D. White
California remains one of the nation's three most expensive states for car repairs, according to a new analysis by CarMD. The finding is based on what it costs, on average, when a driver's "check engine" warning light appears. CarMD's state-by-state ranking of repair costs was based on detailed analysis of 161,350 repairs on model year 1996 to 2012 vehicles last year Damage from Hurricane Sandy might have helped New Jersey rank highest at an average cost of $392.99. California ranked second among states in 2012.
BUSINESS
November 22, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Some 140 million people plan to shop on Thanksgiving and Black Friday all the way through next weekend, but outdoor apparel company Patagonia Inc. said it hopes the crowds will refrain from buying all-new items. Instead, the Ventura-based retailer wants Americans to embrace repairs. Patagonia has spent the past few Black Fridays issuing statements and running advertisements urging consumers to be more conscious of the environmental footprint of their purchases. This year, it's asking shoppers to extend the lives of ripped, broken and otherwise damaged goods by fixing them up.  “There's an environmental cost to anything that's made, even if it's made environmentally responsibly,” said Vincent Stanley, who helps run marketing at Patagonia.
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