A law firm in California is looking to undo results from a previous class action lawsuit regarding two discontinued small car models from the Ford Motor Company. The firm hopes to secure a larger settlement for consumers affected by transmission issues associated with two of the automaker's vehicle models - the Focus and Fiesta. The company may have to fork over as much as $4 billion if the lawsuit is successful.
Those who own cars in California or any other state shouldn't be surprised if their vehicles need repairs at some point. However, consumers do have rights as it relates to how and where these repairs can be made. Generally speaking, mechanics are not allowed to do any work that was not authorized by the car's owner ahead of time. Furthermore, making the wrong type of repair may constitute an unauthorized repair under state law.
In California, individuals who purchase both new and used vehicles might have protection under the state's lemon law. However, this is not the case in most other states. Of course, this doesn't mean that there aren't ways to get a refund or other relief if a car is defective. For instance, the dealer may offer a warranty on a used car. A dealer may also decide to offer a refund or replace a defective vehicle.
Buying a Ferrari typically comes with a certain set of expectations. You expect your car to go from zero to 60 in a matter of seconds. You expect reliability. And in addition to your vehicle’s performance, you probably expect you will enjoy hearing the growl of the engine and the prestige your new car brings.
When vehicle owners go to a California car dealership to have an issue with their car looked at, the dealer may be less than interested to fix it. This is because repeated attempts to fix a vehicle may cost a dealer time and money that it might not see back. Furthermore, a customer may already be turned off by a brand after having a negative experience with one of its vehicles.