Two very good articles with lots of sound advice for helping you avoid the salesman over there on the left.
How to Buy A Car (LA TIMES)
How to Trade a Car (LA Times)
And if you are thinking about a used car, this next LA Times link is a MUST READ:
How to know if your car was recalled but not fixed.
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"In a decision just two days ago, a federal judge appointed by George W. Bush felt compelled by U.S. Supreme Court decisions to enforce an arbitration clause even though the judge noted that
(a) the court did not believe that the plaintiffs ever believed they were signing away their right to bring a lawsuit;
(b) enforcing the clause would “undermine effective enforcement of federal antitrust laws”; and
(c) enforcing the clause after the defendant first had decided to litigate in court was “inefficient and wasteful.”
The court concluded that in this area of law, “common sense plays no role.”
Here’s a blog post about the case, with link to the decision:
This is a true poster child of arbitration abuse, really highlighting just how unfair the law has gotten under the current U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions. If people will read this decision, they may well get a sense of just how out of whack the law has gotten in this area."
Emily Bazelon's explanation of a recent Obama executive order is posted on Slate.
Tell your Congresscritter: Don't Let Corporations Endanger Our Health and Safety with Secrecy Deals!
We shouldn't let giant corporations keep hiding what they know about defective products when they settle lawsuits!
Private binding arbitration clauses don't just screw consumers and employees. They also hurt investors -- including the people who just have their pension and retirement savings in 401(k) plans or other retirement savings plans -- because private binding arbitration is how corporate managers prevent anyone from knowing how badly they are screwing up and mistreating people (customers, employees), which creates huge liabilities. If you're an investor, you should tell your companies to stop giving management cover for wasting investors' money -- tell them to stop using private binding arbitration clauses, so that you have a way to keep an eye on your money.
"Think about it. If American Apparel and Mr. Charney had been subject to public lawsuits, how long could have Mr. Charney lasted?"
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
In The Nation
I want to add my thanks to J------'s for all your help with resolving the issue regarding the truck she bought. It was clear the entire time we worked with you that you were totally on the same page as we were. Not only did we want our money back but we wanted to put a crimp (if ever-so-small) in this guy's business operations.
You can be sure we will use you in the future, if it ever becomes necessary, and share your competence and compassion with our friends and family.
So, thanks again.
Saw a great comment today by a lawyer who is struggling hard to solve a very difficult (and, now, expensive) estate administration problem involving title to real property.
The problem was created by the now-deceased parents of his clients; those parents probably saved all of a few hundred bucks on lawyer fees by doing their own estate planning.
The lawyer's comment:
"You don't always get what you pay for, but you seldom get what you don't pay for."