Are your brakes squeaking, squealing, or grinding? Don’t let the problem continue! You can often make an educated guess about brake problems with your ears, as different brake problems have different noises. Here’s what you need to know.
Most everyone’s heard of a ‘lemon law’. Designed to protect consumers from defective products, lemon laws often require automakers to buy back a bad vehicle (a lemon). If, for example, a vehicle under warranty has a problem that can’t be repaired after a few attempts (often 3 or 4), and/or spends more than a certain amount of time awaiting repairs (typically 30), it can be designated a lemon. The vehicle manufacturer must then offer to buy back the lemon (you can learn more about how lemon laws work here).
These lemon laws are on the books in every state in the USA, and they’ve been used by thousands of people to effectively “undue” the purchase of a poorly manufactured vehicle. However, automakers are trying to bypass these lemon laws by piggybacking on to mandatory arbitration clauses hidden in most dealership vehicle purchase agreements. Not only is this practice common (almost all dealers have mandatory arbitration clauses in their contracts), but it’s also being used to limit consumer’s rights to participate in class action lawsuits.
Basically, automakers are offering consumers a false choice: If you want a new car, you have to agree not to sue us. If you don’t want to forgo your legal right to sue, than you can’t buy a new car.
A new Canadian study reveals that a woman is more at risk of being in a serious car accident during her 2nd trimester of pregnancy. Researchers discovered that compared with pre-pregnancy, a woman’s risk of being in a traffic accident in her second trimester of pregnancy jumped 42 percent. During the third trimester, it dropped again, so this is a strange and startling pattern.
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Selling your car might seem like a wise move when you’re experiencing a financial crisis and in some cases it might actually be. However, as a general rule it will prove advantageous to hold onto your car for the time being because your vehicle is very valuable in times of financial duress.