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C.A.R.S. Activities 2012

CARS is leading the battle in Congress and in California to stop rental car companies from renting unsafe vehicles that are being recalled, until they're fixed.

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CARS backs legislation to improve protections for CA used car buyers.

In response to news reports about auto dealers gouging consumers and selling them overpriced used cars, Assemblymember Wieckowski has introduced a bill in Sacramento to require auto dealers to post the fair market value of the car -- on the vehicle, so consumers can refer to it when choosing a car.

CARS letter of support notes that auto dealers commonly scam military personnel by charging exorbitant amounts for junky cars.

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Three bills to rein in buy here pay here dealers advance.
Los Angeles Times
April 25, 2012
by Marc Lifsher

"These dealers advertise that they have transportation for people who need to go to work and give people a way to improve their credit," said Rosemary Shahan, executive director of Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety. "Instead, the exact opposite happens, and they are left with a car that breaks down right away and needs repairs that they can't afford."

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CARS opposes legislation pushed by Carfax.

Seeking to continue its domination of the vehicle history market, Carfax attacks new protections for CA car buyers from salvage fraud, auto theft and related crimes. CARS and other consumer groups, law enforcement officials, and Carfax competitors oppose Carfax's brazen attempt to turn back the clock on new auto safety law.

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CARS backs tough Advanced Clean Cars standards, helps win victory for consumers and public health at California Air Resources Board:

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CARS exposes dangerous "death wobble" defect in Jeeps.

The Watchdog: Jeep driver scared of uncontrollable shaking Annapolis Capitol

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CARS is a national, award-winning,
non-profit auto safety and consumer
advocacy organization working to
save lives, prevent injuries, and
protect consumers from
auto-related fraud and abuse.

to everyone who has supported CARS' work, including the more than 573,500 people who have contributed financially to CARS, signed or shared CARS' petitions, and / or posted personal comments.

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Buyer Beware: CarMax sells cars with killer safety defects.
Advertises cars passed "rigorous inspection" and qualify as "CarMax Quality Certified" without getting safety recall defects fixed.

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Buyer beware!  
NEVER trust that a dealer will have the safety recall repairs performed before selling you a car that is being recalled. Dealers are so eager to make a buck, fast, they are unwilling to delay sales long enough to get the safety recall repairs done -- for FREE.

Plus -- dealers are actively opposing legislation in Washington, DC and in California that would prohibit them from renting, selling, leasing, or loaning unsafe, recalled vehicles to consumers, unless the safety recall repairs have been performed first.

CARS' tips on how to buy a safe, reliable used car — without having to risk going to a dealer:

Top 12 used car buying tips

Dealers playing "used car roulette" with customers' lives — and opposing legislation to make them stop

Did a dealer sell you an unsafe, recalled car? We want to hear your story. Contact CARS

Buyer Beware! Auto dealers' one-
sided contracts can ruin your life
Even if the car dealer breaks the law, you might not be able to get justice. Forced arbitration clauses hidden in the fine print can keep you tied up for years. The dealer often gets to pick the arbitrator who hears your case. CARS exposed how a dealer abused arbitration, after selling Jon Perz an unsafe car. CARS' video has received over 1.3 million views on YouTube. Jon and his attorney eventually won, but because of forced arbitration, Jon had to wait 8 years for justice:
Think this is outrageous? Call your member of Congress at 202-224-3121, and urge them to vote for the Arbitration Fairness Act. More about the AFA, now pending before Congress:
Here's what we're doing to bring
more attention to Jon's plight:
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Jon Perz has started a new petition
on the website
You're invited to check it out and send a message letting Mossy Toyota know what you think:
used car nightmare petition

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