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Are You Buying a Used Car? Do You Know How to Protect Yourself?

Used Car Protection | Los Angeles AttorneyWhen purchasing a used car, you may not realize that used car dealerships can sometimes keep pertinent information from you in order to maximize their sale. In fact, used car dealers can sometimes keep details from buyers including information about the warranties, quality of the vehicle, and mileage on the car, and more.

With these things in mind, here are some tips that can keep you protected when purchasing a used vehicle:

  • Arrange your financing before you go to purchase your vehicle – compare your finances in order to find the best deal. Be wary of purchasing any vehicle that has a salvage title and ensure that your vehicle can be financed ahead of time.
  • Ensure that you know the entire cost of the vehicle – used car dealerships might not be forthcoming about all of the prices and fees involved in your purchase, so be sure that you know the entire cost of the vehicle before your sign any paperwork.
  • Always test drive the vehicle – make sure that you can hear, see, and feel anything that might be wrong with the vehicle.
  • Check the registration of the vehicle – if the registration isn’t current, you may have to pay extra fees.
  • Find out all information about the warranty -- warranty information is vital when purchasing any vehicle, so make sure you know all of the details of your purchase.

Our Attorney Can Help

If you’ve purchased a used vehicle that turned out not to be in the condition you were told, was older or more used than you were told, or had a false warranty, our lawyer, Howard D. Silver, can help get you compensation. Please contact us for a free case review by calling (855) 341-2611. We proudly help clients in Los Angeles and the nearby California areas.

Here are some more tips on how to protect yourself when purchasing a used vehicle.

Posted Date: 
Friday, January 20, 2017

What Should You Do Before Buying a Used Car?

Prior to purchasing any vehicle, you need to do your due diligence in order to make sure that you’re buying something that is safe and will perform the way you expect. When purchasing a used car, it is exceedingly important for you to make sure that the car is going to perform the way you need it to and that its warranty is legitimate and thorough. Find out more about what you should do before buying a used car in this video from our attorney:


To schedule a free consultation with our lawyer, please contact The Law Office of Howard D. Silver today by calling (855) 341-2611. He proudly serves clients in Los Angeles, Riverside, and the nearby areas of California.

Posted Date: 
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Video - Do I Have Legal Protection If I Bought My Car As Is?

When you purchase a vehicle in the state of California and were made to believe that it was purchased under certain pretenses, you may have rights if there is actually a problem  with the vehicle. In this video, our attorney explains how you can be compensated for an as-is car.

Call Howard D. Silver today for help with your case. He proudly serves Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Ventura, and all of California. Call today at (855) 341-2611.

Posted Date: 
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

10 Tips to Avoid Buying a Used Car Lemon

Buying a car is always an overwhelming task. You're making a major purchase that will significantly impact your life for years to come, so it's important to get it right. This is challenging enough when buying a new car, but when you are purchasing a used car, the process can be downright scary. How do you know you can trust the seller?

There are several important things you can do to protect yourself and reduce the risk of purchasing a lemon. The following 10 tips will help you avoid purchasing a vehicle that may cause you more problems than it's worth:

  • Buy a certified used car -- Certified used cars are inspected and repaired by a mechanic prior to the sale. They also come with a warranty or guarantee, which will give you peace of mind as well as additional protections under the California Lemon Law.
  • Check the mileage -- While high mileage cars aren't as problematic as they were years ago, you still face an increased risk of problems when purchasing a car with 150,000 miles or more.
  • Inspect the paint job -- If you notice paint missing from the fender, bumper or hood, it is likely that the car has been in an accident. The same holds true if you notice creases or bumps in the fender. Ask the owner about the accident history.
  • Inspect the car's condition -- Look inside the vehicle to see how well the owner took care of it. If it is in disarray, it is likely that the owner was equally remiss in performing general maintenance servicing.
  • Working heater and A/C -- Always make sure the heater and air conditioning are in working order.
  • Check under the hood -- Look at the overall cleanliness of the engine and make sure all hoses are secured tightly and are in running order. Check for red flags such as oily spots, dark oil, spots under the car, and low fluid levels.
  • Research the car's history -- Ask the owner or dealer for the Carfax.
  • Look for warning lights on the dash -- When you start the car, check to see if any warning lights come on. This may be an indication that there is something wrong with the vehicle.
  • Take a test drive -- Don't just drive it around the block. Drive it through traffic and take it on the highway where you can drive at higher speeds. This will give you a better chance to see if there are issues involving the brakes or alignment.
  • Take it to a mechanic -- Always have a used car inspected by a mechanic that you know and trust before making the purchase.

If you've purchased a used car lemon, Howard Silver can help. Mr. Silver is a California Lemon Law attorney with more than 25 years of experience fighting for the rights of victims in the Los Angeles area. He will work tirelessly to help you resolve your problem as quickly as possible so that you have the means to secure a more reliable form of transportation.

Please contact The Law Office of Howard D. Silver today to schedule your free used car lemon law consultation. Mr. Silver serves clients in Los Angeles, Riverside, Ventura, and San Bernadino Counties, and throughout California.

Posted Date: 
Friday, August 8, 2014

Unrepaired Recalled Cars Causing Problems for Used Car Buyers

Recently, it has been reported that used car buyers are at an increased risk of owning vehicles that were recalled but never fixed by previous owners. According to the The Los Angeles Times, studies done by were sparked by a series of complaints concerning engine fires occurring in older model General Motors vehicles, all of which had been subject to a recall but never repaired.

An analysis found that two GM recalls for 3.8-liter V6 engine vehicles had received only a 52.5% completion rate, meaning that almost half of the vehicles had gone without repairs. While not fixing defects is a vehicle owner’s choice, the problem occurs when these unrepaired vehicles are sold to used car dealers, who do not know the vehicles have unrepaired defects. In turn, the buyers of these cars are unwittingly subject to hazardous conditions.

There are currently no laws that require a vehicle owner to notify a buyer that their car has been recalled at some time in the past. Although used car buyers can register their vehicle with the manufacturer or visit to see if their car has ever been recalled, it can be difficult for a consumer to discover if their vehicle was actually fixed.

New car buyers are not the only people covered by the California lemon law. Used cars that are still under manufacturer warranty are also covered. Further, if the used car you bought came with an express warranty, consumers can get their money back or a replacement vehicle. For a free consultation about your case, contact the Law Offices of Howard D. Silver today at (866) 49-LEMON.


Beware of Leasing a Used Car in Southern California

car-silver-3622302.jpgInvestigations into used car leases from Southern California auto dealers have uncovered that dealers are able to exercise options that can potentially harm consumers. Although leasing a used car allows consumers with tight budgets to quickly and easily gain access to a vehicle with smaller payments, the method actually benefits dealers much more than consumers.

Because the consumer is only leasing the car, it means that the dealer still technically owns the vehicle. Also, when someone misses a payment, the vehicle can quickly and easily be repossessed by the dealer. In addition, a Bankruptcy Court judge cannot reduce lease payments, leaving newly broke consumers unable to reduce their lease accordingly.

Leasing used cars also allows dealers to reduce tax liability, with the tax paid by consumers given to the government by dealers over a longer period of time instead of in one lump sum at the beginning.

If you believe that you have been the victim of dealer fraud, Riverside County auto dealer fraud attorney Howard D. Silver can aid you in recovering your losses. Mr. Silver is dedicated to protecting consumer rights in Southern California and can help you today. For more information, call (866) 49-LEMON.


Beware of Increased Title Washing Dealer Fraud

While there are many ways in which a used car dealer can commit fraud, a new form of fraud, known as title washing (hiding past damage), is beginning to emerge in cases across the United States.

Title washing can be done in two ways. First, dealers use vehicle documentation laws from other states to hide information such as flood damage and salvaged titles. By hiding this information, dealers can trick consumers into believing the car is in much better shape than it truly is.

The second form of title washing can occur when a dealer fraudulently files paperwork in another state to obtain a duplicate title for the vehicle. The duplicate title does not mention the prior damage to the car and is given to customers instead of the true title.

These forms of fraud can lead to a consumer purchasing a defective vehicle or paying more money than the car is worth. If you have been the victim of these types of practices, the Los Angeles used car dealer fraud attorney, Howard D. Silver, can assist in recovering your money. Contact the Law Offices of Howard D. Silver today for a free consultation about your case at (866) 49-LEMON.


Watch Out for Winter Weather Damage When Buying a Used Car

With winter weather comes more precarious situations for cars in California. In fact, many used cars sold both during and after the winter months may be suffering from damage that resulted from exposure to winter’s damaging conditions. Some used car dealers or individual sellers may attempt to sell these types of cars without telling potential buyers about their true condition. When that happens, used car fraud may have taken place.

While Southern California is renowned for its pleasant weather year-round, certain areas are subject to harsh conditions. Unfortunately, these conditions often take their toll on vehicles, including:



  • Corrosion – In areas affected by snow, salt is often used to make roadways safer. However, salt on the roads can corrode metal and damage vital parts of the vehicle, such as brakes and axles, which can result in major accidents.
  • Floodwater Damage – Overflowing of water from spillways and reservoirs can cause unexpected floods in even the most urban of areas resulting in severe vehicle damage. Cars damaged by floodwater can be superficially repaired to appear as if they have no damage. However, water damage can destroy a car’s electrical and computer systems and cause airbag and antilock brake malfunctions.
  • Wind Damage – High winds can quickly pick up and endanger both people and their vehicles with little forewarning. Strong winds can damage vehicles by dropping branches, power lines, light poles, and even entire trees on them. While many damaged cars can be repaired, not all used car owners fix their vehicles properly resulting in serious hidden damage to their cars.

Many people every year are negatively affected by used car dealers that withhold vehicle damage information, leaving buyers with huge costs and debt on what they thought was a good deal. Los Angeles used car fraud attorney Howard D. Silver can help you recover the costs of both buying the vehicle and the repairs that resulted. For more information on how Howard Silver can help you, call (866) 49-LEMON today.


Buying a Used Car for a Christmas Present

This is part two of a two-part series on buying a motor vehicle for Christmas. Read our previous blog post for tips on buying a new car for Christmas.

For many, buying a loved one a car is the perfect Christmas gift, but new cars are often too costly to buy as a present. For those still looking to buy a car, giving a used model in good condition can be just as good as a new one. However, buying a used car can be tricky and you must be careful about what you are buying. To avoid the many pitfalls of buying a used car for Christmas, follow these tips.

Check for recalls

When you have decided on a specific model or a final few candidates, check to see if they have been subjected to any recalls by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). NHTSA keeps track of all vehicle recalls. If the model has been recalled, make sure it has undergone the proper repairs.

Get a vehicle history report

Before buying the car, check the history of the vehicle through a vehicle history report. These reports may show previous damage reported about the car, whether the odometer has been tampered with, if it was used as a rental, or has a salvage title. The reports are not foolproof, but may show if something is wrong with the car.

Look out for odometer fraud

Sometimes used car dealers attempt to fool consumers by decreasing the amount of miles shown on the odometer. Odometer fraud is illegal and can trick a consumer into believing the car they are buying is in better condition than it truly is. If the odometer reading on a car seems too good to be true, check it out.

Read everything that you sign

Make sure to carefully read every document the dealer asks you to sign. If you have questions ask for the answers. Also, make sure that what you’re signing accurately reflects what you have agreed upon verbally with the dealer. After you sign the documents and take the car home, it may be too late to complain.

When a used car dealer uses deceptive and unfair practices, those who have suffered can seek reimbursement for the money they have lost. If you are a victim of these types of practices contact Southern California used car fraud lawyer, Howard D. Silver. For a free consultation call (866) 49-LEMON.


Man Scams Used Car Buyer Using Utah Classifieds

Stories of used car buyers being scammed by bogus sellers using online classified ads as a vehicle for fraud are common these days. As we’ve discussed on recent blogs, it’s important to meet sellers in person and avoid unverified online sellers. However, a recent news report by KSL in Utah, reminds us that meeting a seller in person in no way guarantees authenticity or honesty.

For example, the KSL article is about an individual who was scammed $500 after meeting the seller of the vehicle in person and taking a test drive. Further, both the buyer and his father said the seller seemed honest. However, when the buyer said he did not have with him the full amount of money needed to make the deal, the seller insisted there were other buyers waiting, and convinced the buyer to make a $500 down payment on the vehicle and meet later at the seller’s house to complete the deal. Unfortunately, left with a phony Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and fake personal information, the meeting at the seller’s home did not take place and the buyer was out $500.00. The Executive Director of the Utah Department of Commerce told KSL that the fraudulent seller has most likely victimized other individuals.

If you’ve been the victim of a fraudulent car sale, contact California used car fraud attorney Howard D. Silver for assistance. Call (855) 341-2611 for a complimentary case review.



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