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Oversize Fifth-Wheels and Travel Trailers

What if your RV is over 40 feet long or wider than 8.5 feet?  Earlier this year the DMV issued a memorandum that stated it could be registered with the Department of of Housing and Community Development (HCD) as a "mobile home."  

Today, the DMV issued another memorandum superseding that memo, as the HCD said that they will NOT register fifth-wheel or travel trailer coaches as "mobile homes."  This means that fifth-wheels that are over 40 feet long (480 inches in overall length from the foremost point of the trailer hitch to ... << MORE >>

Consigning your car, truck, boat, trailer or motorhome

I’ve been seeing quite a few different consignment agreements lately. One reason is because of the recent demise of Global RV Solutions in San Diego, and the people there left scrambling to attempt to get back whatever it is they can for their consigned RV.


Since it’s been a year and a half since I’ve written about consignments, I think it’s time to discuss this issue and reveal a few consignment ...

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The Rise of the Consumer against the “buy here, pay here” dealership

What started out as something of a research project for the Los Angeles times has now evolved into law via a pair of Bills, AB 1447 and AB 1534 designed to regulate the “buy here, pay here” dealerships.    I even commented on this back on November of 2011 (, and how they can be a “cash cow” for dealerships.    Historically, there have been two problems with the “buy here, pay here” dealers, which are:  (1) Churning, ...

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Selling "as-is" in California (and why no dealer truly does it)

The California Lemon Law - known formally as the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act - encompasses all consumer goods, most notably vehicles. There are essentially 3 types of warranties contemplated under the California lemon law:  (1) express warranties, (2) implied warranties of merchantability, and (3) implied warranties of fitness for a particular purpose. The Lemon Law also covers the sale of goods as is, (or "as-is") here in California.

Express warranties:  These are the warranties given by the manufacturer of goods that are treated as written contracts under the law. If the manufacturer ... << MORE >>

Asked to Sign Two Contracts

Asked to sign two contracts.

A recent turn of events led me to uncover a series of unfair and deceptive business practices.  The basic scenario is this: ...

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Military and the California Lemon Law

The California Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act provides for some of the strongest consumer protections in the nation. If you are active duty military and are stationed in California, you can use the California's Lemon Laws to your advantage - regardless of where of where you purchased the vehicle. This can increase the value of your claim by thousands of dollars.

Under the California Lemon Law, you are also entitled to receive legal assistance as ...
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Alternative Auto Source

Another local dealer has fallen victim to the economy. Alternative Auto Source on Baker Avenue in Santa Rosa called it quits after over 7 years in business. If you had recent business with a dealership that has now closed, you need to be concerned.

1. Was your registration completed and title transferred?
2. Was your trade in vehicle paid off?
3. Did you have a vehicle consigned at the dealership that is now missing?
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Which are the “best?”

Every car manufacturer likes to claim they are the “best,” and I’m sure they all are – at something that is very particular and narrowly tailored. I’m sure there is a car with the “best” turning radius when in reverse and turning to the left.


Unfortunately, there is no perfect method to tell you how dependable any particular car is going to be.  When a company like Consumer Reports tests ...

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Show me the CarFax!

A common question:  Does a dealer have to show me a CarFax?

Until last Sunday, the answer was "no."  A dealership was not required to show you a CarFax or any other type of “vehicle history report.”  That changed in California as of July 1, 2012 when the latest changes to the California Vehicle Code went into effect.

What happened?  California law now requires dealerships to obtain a National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVITIS) report before a used vehicle is offered or displayed for sale.   (CarFax is one of the approved ...

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How to avoid buying a Lemon (used)

I am a lemon law attorney. As such, I am asked by friends, colleagues, relatives, people off the street, etc., about "what should I look for when buying a used car?"  The simple answer is that you should look for a mechanic!  That's not the answer they were looking for, and that's not the answer you are looking for.

Luckily - Consumer Reports recently published their 2012 Annual Auto Issue, and ...

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