Archive: February, 2012

Ferrone v. BMW of North America, LLC

Posted on 02/29/12 by Dana Manner
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The Consumer complained of a defective air bag sensor in the passenger seat in his 2011 Mini Cooper. The Consumer testified that, when someone was sitting in the passenger seat, the “passenger air bag disabled” warning light displayed. The Consumer testified he once worked for the Manufacturer’s authorized service agent as a technician and during […]

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Certified Pre Owned Used Cars – What does CPO really mean?

Posted on 02/29/12 by Dana Manner
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Many car dealers offer Certified Pre Owned (“CPO”) used cars on their lots. Each dealer touts various benefits of buying a CPO car. For example, that the car has been inspected, and has not been in a collision, or had major repairs, and the CPO car comes with an extended warranty of some type. However, not […]

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Car Dealer Financing – Buy Here Pay Here

Posted on 02/28/12 by Dana Manner
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The Buy Here Pay Here (“BHPH”) business or “special financing” segment of the used car sales business has been growing in this economic environment, as fewer borrowers have access to traditional lenders (i.e. banks) because of loss of employment, bankruptcy, foreclosure or low credit scores. A recent news article published in Georgia (The Covington News, reporter Douglas […]

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Florida Statutes 320.1316 – Created by the Florida Automobile Lenders Industry Task Force (Part 1)

Posted on 02/24/12 by Dana Manner
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Florida Automobile Lenders Industry Task Force (ALITF) was created by the Florida Legislature in 2008 to make recommendations to the legislature to amend various statutes to make it easier for lenders to enforce liens on motor vehicles (i.e. make it easier to repo cars).The resulting legislation is found in Florida Statutes Section 320.1316 entitled: “Failure to surrender vehicle or […]

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Proposed Florida Law Raises Roadblocks for Car Buyers to Sue Dealers

Posted on 02/23/12 by Dana Manner
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There are bills pending in the Florida legislature (Senate Bill 1512 and House Bill 0929) that if passed, will make it more difficult for consumers to sue car dealers that break the law. The law that will be amended is Florida Statutes Section 501.975. That section of the law is part of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade […]

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Florida Used Car Dealer Arrested for Theft of Tax Dollars

Posted on 02/22/12 by Dana Manner
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The Florida Department of Revenue announced on February 24, 2012 that David H. Brotman, the owner of P.B. Affordable Transportation, Inc. located at 624 South Military Trail, West Palm Beach, Florida has been arrested. Brotman was arrested on charges that he stole more than $130,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to pay to […]

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RRZ Corporation v. Daimler Vehicle Innovations USA, LLC

Posted on 02/17/12 by Dana Manner
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The Consumer requested reimbursement of $620.60 for an advertising “wrap around” on the vehicle as a collateral charge, which was granted by the Board. OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL FLORIDA NEW MOTOR VEHICLE ARBITRATION BOARD Fla. NMVAB February 17, 2012 Collateral Charges §681.102(3), F.S.

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RRZ Corporation v. Daimler Vehicle Innovations USA, LLC

Posted on 02/17/12 by Dana Manner
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The Consumer complained of an engine condition problem in his 2010 Smart ForTwo Pure Coupe. The President of R.R.Z. Corporation explained the vehicle was utilized as a security vehicle for South Florida Security Group; sometimes the vehicle was parked at a guard house, and sometimes it was used for random patrol within the community to […]

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FDLE Investigates Buy Here Pay Here Abuses

Posted on 02/15/12 by Dana Manner
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The Florida Department of Law Enforcement published a study entitled Driving Illegal, Buy-Here Pay-Here Car Lots and Illegal Alien Drivers. It focuses on BHPH dealer abuses in registering cars sold to illegal aliens in Florida. http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/Content/getdoc/9c87d224-0936-464d-a770-f95f24eebebf/Driving-Illegal-Lattig.aspx Current Florida law allows a person with no driver license, who has never passed a driving test or proven […]

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Digital Odometer Rollbacks

Posted on 02/15/12 by Dana Manner
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Twenty five years ago, in the film “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” they tried to roll back the odometer on the Ferrari by running the car in reverse on jack stands, which of course did not work… and ended very dramatically for the trio of joy-riders. But, as this news video from Utah shows, in the digital […]

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