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Toyota Prius Lemon and Acceleration: Government Covering Up?

An auto safety firm has sued the federal government to get records of its investigation into the unintended acceleration of a Prius last year.  A  freedom-of-information lawsuit by the firm, Safety Research and Strategies, claims that NHTSA (Nation Highway Traffic Safety Administration)was withholding documents and videos that may depict an acceleration incident caused by electronic systems in…

201201.23
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GPS On Your Car Is A Privacy Invasion

The US Supreme Court ruled today that the government cannot install GPS on a car without a warrant.  Car dealerships have been known to install tracking devices on cars that consumers don’t know about.  This is likely now a violation of the consumers right to privacy.  If you have experienced a dealership installing GPS or…

201201.18
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How to Avoid Car Fraud

Here is  a list of 10 questions to ask about the car you are about to buy: 10. Is this the original paint? — New paint could indicate car was rusting or involved in a previous accident. 9. Can I check the oil? — An “earmark for trouble with a used car,” Jalopnik says, look…

201201.17
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Fine Print: Read it if you can

Car Dealerships, Banks, and Computer Companies add MORE in smaller size to CHARGE More Fine print is everywhere growing in use against consumers and shrinking in size.  Big deal?  Did you know fine print means the consumer loses big money. Transparency Labs, which administers a national database of consumer contracts, estimates that information buried in these disclosures generates…

201201.10
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General Motors taking lead in New Car Sales

GM (which includes Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, GMC, Opel, Vauxhall, and Holden) is on pace to sell more new cars than Toyota, Volkswagen or any other Japanese or European car manufacturers. Toyota and Honda, however, have had production hurt by the earthquake/tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster. New designs at Chevrolet and flood-damage in Japan may be…

201201.07
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Chevy Volt Potential Lemon Issue

GM has initiated a recall in all but name. After some government crash testing led to battery fires, Chevy is bringing all the Volts back in for a fix. Battery fires may result in a Lemon Law claim for return of these (or other) vehicles. Consumers don’t have to “live” with a dangerous or destroyed…