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July 12, 2006 | Jeanne Wright, Special to The Times
A new bill of rights for California car buyers provides grace periods for used-car purchases, caps dealer compensation on loans and features other provisions that are some of the strongest consumer protections in the country, according to state legislators and consumer advocates. The law, which went into effect July 1, applies to motor vehicles bought in California from a dealer for personal, family or household use.
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WORLD
August 31, 2013 | By a Los Angeles Times Special Correspondent
DAMASCUS, Syria - President Obama's decision to seek congressional approval for a strike on Syria provided a respite for worried Damascus residents, but many feared it would be short-lived. The announcement Saturday came as preparations continued in the capital for an anticipated U.S. missile barrage in retaliation for the government's alleged use of chemical weapons on Aug. 21. With two weeks left before schools are scheduled to open, Syrian soldiers and pro-government paramilitary forces have moved into school facilities throughout the capital.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 1989 | TOM McQUEENEY
An ongoing weekend car swap at Fullerton College was ordered closed this week because it allegedly competed with car dealerships in an "inappropriate" manner. The Fullerton City Council voted 3-2 Tuesday to deny permission for CarFaire Inc. to continue operating a used-car swap meet on vacant parking lots on the community college campus. "The use of public land for this type of enterprise is inappropriate," City Councilman Don Bankhead said.
BUSINESS
May 22, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Attention all car buyers: The era of cut-rate financing, generous cash-back offers and big discounts is coming to an end. With the effects of the earthquake in Japan rippling through the industry and causing shortages, prices are rising for both new and used cars, and fewer models and options will be available come summer, especially for the hybrids and fuel-efficient vehicles that Japan produces. That's prompted many experts to voice something rarely said in the sales-happy auto industry: With consumers facing the toughest market in recent memory, if you can, put off purchases until things sort out, probably early next year.
BUSINESS
March 21, 1995 | From Associated Press
Consumer Reports magazine's annual automobile issue--the buyer's bible for many car shoppers--gives added attention to used cars this year with its first list of the best and worst. The magazine's increased focus on used cars acknowledges their growing importance in a marketplace where the average new vehicle carries a price tag of about $20,000, making them unaffordable for many consumers.
BUSINESS
October 11, 1992 | AMY HARMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Cynthia and Brad Burshnell's long-suffering 1985 Mazda conked out for good last month, they dreamed of a shiny new Honda Accord or Ford Explorer taking its place in their driveway. But after checking out the sticker prices at some local new car dealers, the young Fontana, Calif., couple quickly realized they were looking on the wrong side of the lot.
BUSINESS
March 24, 1998 | From Associated Press
The Consumer Reports annual auto issue finds that new cars are safer and of higher quality, and used cars have become more reliable. The issue, which hits newsstands March 31, includes test results for 122 new cars and light trucks. It rates six of every 10 vehicles as "recommended" or "promising." For used cars, a survey of about 600,000 readers found that 25% reported problems with 1-year-old vehicles. That's down from about 31% and 28% in the last two years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 1993 | GORDON DILLOW, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Looking for a clean, late-model, one-owner used car? Don't mind a little mileage on it? OK, how about a lot of mileage on it--say, up to 120,000 miles or so on a car that's only a couple of years old? If you're still game, then California Highway Patrol Used Car Sales in Torrance may be just the place to look. There, $8,000 or less--a lot less in some cases--will buy you a 1- to 3-year-old Ford Mustang or Crown Victoria that until recently was chasing down speeders on the freeways.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1993 | GORDON DILLOW, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Looking for a clean, late-model, one-owner used car? Don't mind a little mileage on it? OK, how about a lot of mileage on it--say, up to 120,000 miles or so on a car that is only a couple of years old? If you're still game, then California Highway Patrol Used Car Sales in Torrance may be just the place to look. There, $8,000 or less--a lot less in some cases--will buy you a 1- to 3-year-old Ford Mustang or Crown Victoria that until recently was chasing speeders on the freeways.
OPINION
April 4, 2011
In 2008, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a study examining fatal accidents in which a car's air bag should have deployed but didn't. The most common reason wasn't poor manufacturing by automakers. It was that the air bag was simply missing, never replaced after a previous crash. The numbers weren't large, averaging 51 accidents a year nationwide over the five years studied. But that doesn't mean there's no cause for concern. Who knows how many more cars are on the road without air bags?
WORLD
July 17, 2010 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
Four are killed in what officials call a well-planned trap near a federal police headquarters. It appears to be the first time traffickers have used a car bomb since the start of a military-led offensive against drug cartels. Drug traffickers have added a powerful weapon to their arsenal, employing a car packed with nearly 20 pounds of explosives to kill police officers, Mexican authorities said Friday. Four people were killed — including a police officer and a doctor lured to within a few feet of the bomb — in what authorities said was a well-orchestrated trap.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2010 | By Jerry Hirsch and Stuart Pfeifer
Toyota Motor Corp.'s massive recalls for acceleration and braking problems are creating a huge legal liability for the company -- and Toyota owners may share in the pain. The Japanese automaker faces dozens of lawsuits over injuries and deaths attributed to safety problems, with many more suits expected. Lawyers and legal experts said the lawsuits could be particularly expensive for the automaker if plaintiffs prove that Toyota was aware of problems but failed to correct them. On top of that, there are at least 30 lawsuits seeking class-action status to recover damages for the reduced value of the cars and the lost use of vehicles during repairs.
SPORTS
December 19, 2009 | By Gary Klein and Lance Pugmire
Joe McKnight, star tailback of USC's football team, has been driving a sport utility vehicle owned by a Santa Monica businessman, an arrangement the school is investigating and which may be in violation of NCAA rules. The NCAA prohibits student-athletes from accepting benefits from marketing representatives or agents or "extra benefits" based on their athletic ability. For several weeks, McKnight has been seen driving a well-kept 2006 Land Rover that, according to California Department of Motor Vehicles records, is registered to Scott Schenter.
BUSINESS
May 11, 2009 | Ken Bensinger
The future of transportation is now available for lease. In the next few weeks, 450 consumers in California, New York and New Jersey will begin picking up fully electric Mini coupes, charging them at home and using them as their daily commuters for the next year. They'll pay $850 a month, plus taxes and insurance, for the right to drive the first highway-legal electric cars that don't cost more than $100,000 to hit the streets in more than a dozen years.
BUSINESS
December 21, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
CarMax Inc., the largest used-car dealer in the U.S., said Wednesday that its fiscal third-quarter profit almost doubled and raised its full-year forecast for the second time in three months as customers bought more luxury cars and light trucks. The shares jumped 8.5%, the biggest one-day gain in nine months and closed at a record. Net income rose to $45.4 million, or 42 cents a share, from $22.9 million, or 22 cents, in the same period a year earlier. The Richmond, Va.
BUSINESS
June 27, 1990 | John O'Dell, Times staff writer
Ever wonder from whence hail all those "low-mileage" beauties auto dealers try to steer you toward as you're reeling from sticker shock in the new car department? Well, wonder no more. They come from corporate and rental fleets. Earlier this year, Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America Inc. decided that a rental firm was just what it needed to boost the visibility of its cars and provide its dealers with a stream of used vehicles.
BUSINESS
September 21, 1987 | S. J. DIAMOND
Two years ago, David Harper of Canyon Country, Calif., bought a used VW Rabbit for about $3,600. The dealer said it was a "salvage" vehicle, but "they never would tell us what happened to the car," Harper says, "and kept assuring us that any damage sustained had been corrected properly."
AUTOS
July 12, 2006 | Jeanne Wright, Special to The Times
A new bill of rights for California car buyers provides grace periods for used-car purchases, caps dealer compensation on loans and features other provisions that are some of the strongest consumer protections in the country, according to state legislators and consumer advocates. The law, which went into effect July 1, applies to motor vehicles bought in California from a dealer for personal, family or household use.
BUSINESS
August 23, 2005 | Marla Dickerson and Sam Enriquez, Times Staff Writers
Wanted: millions of pre-owned vehicles. Inquire south of the border. The Mexican government Monday cleared the way for older cars from the United States and Canada to be imported here, opening a potentially vast new market for U.S. vehicle merchants looking to unload old Detroit iron.
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