Used Cars

Check for Recalls Before You Buy a Used Car

By Consumer Reports April 21, 2017 On Friday, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced settlements with 104 car dealerships that sold vehicles with unresolved safety recalls without informing the buyers. The settlements allow dealers to continue to market and sell used cars with open safety recalls as long as …

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CAS, CARS, and USPIRG File U.S. District Court Complaint Challenging FTC Consent Orders on Certified Used Vehicles with Open Recalls

March 24, 2017 The Center for Auto Safety, Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety, and United States Public Interest Research Group today filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, challenging the FTC Consent Orders that that permit dealers of “Certified Pre-Owned” vehicles to …

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How to Buy a Used Car in an Age of Widespread Recalls

The New York Times January 27, 2017 For people in the market for a used car, the “certified pre-owned” designation has long been the gold standard, an indication that a qualified mechanic has vouched for the car and that a buyer can expect a vehicle that is — hopefully — …

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Buying that new-used car: Congress must put safety first

by Michael R. Lemov January 20, 2017 The incoming Congress needs to act now to close a gaping loophole in the 50-year-old federal automobile safety law. That gap in consumer protection exposes millions of buyers of used vehicles, such as cars, vans and SUVs, as well as drivers, occupants and …

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Blumenthal & Markey Respond to Autonation Decision to Resume Sales of “Deadly” Cars Under Recall

For Immediate Release Contact: Maria McElwain (Blumenthal)(202) 224-6452 Giselle Barry (Markey) (202) 224-2742 December 6, 2016 BLUMENTHAL & MARKEY RESPOND TO AUTONATION DECISION TO RESUME SALES OF “DEADLY” CARS UNDER RECALL Senators Call on Auto Retailer to Fully Inform Consumers of Broken Promise [WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal …

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Guide Revisions Provoke Uproar – 4/5/13

Proposed changes to the used-car Buyers Guide required by the Federal Trade Commission have been criticized by consumer groups and the attorneys general of 22 states, who say the revisions would be a setback in consumer protection.

The critics are urging the F.T.C. not to adopt the changes — the first since 1995 — which they say could result in consumers’ being misled about their legal rights or not learning the full history of a car damaged in a flood or a crash.

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