People strapped for cash will often take desperate measures to raise money - and one of the least advisable is the Title Loan. And this is something you should never do. Ever.
Many Ebay car buyers feel protected by the little shield and the words “Vehicle Purchase Protection” which appear on each car ad on the site. That shield and those words do not do what most people expect, and I have the stories to prove it.
Recent news reports tell of a rash of car burglaries. Groups of hoodlums breaking into new cars on dealer lots and prying out the nav systems. The bad news? Those cars will all be patched up and sold as “New.” Welcome to Michigan.
I came across a 1942 Buick Super in the woods of Northern Michigan recently. While I am fascinated by any old car I find in the woods, this particular car represented something quite important. It was one of the last cars built by the American auto industry before we tooled up for war – an event that inspired…
I’ve gotten a few calls lately regarding salespeople telling buyers that cars had features they didn’t. The buyers think it may have been an honest mistake but the seller still won’t make it good. Yes, that happens too.
My podcasts lately have been inspired by phone calls and emails I get at work. And lately, I’ve had more than one person ask me about buying a used “lemon” on purpose. That is, intentionally buying a car that had been bought back by the manufacturer because it was catastrophically defective. Can you guess where I’m…
Well, it’s come to this: I’m doing the list of rules used car buyers need to follow to not get ripped off. At least once a day I hear from someone who got ripped off by not following one of these.
We’ve all been told about things which are “against the law” while driving - which seem like they might be - but aren’t. But how would you know? Did you ever look it up or ask an attorney? I go over a bunch of these in this week’s podcast.
You might lose a title one day but if it was in your name, that’s easy enough to fix. What if you lost the title to a car BEFORE you had it put into your name? It can be fixed - but it will take some work. And I explain today.
I hear from car buyers all day long who are disgruntled. The source of their disgruntlement is often that the car salesman lied to them prior to the purchase. As I point out to them - and in this week’s podcast - they get away with it because the buyers almost always sign a document saying it is OK.
I’ve told stories before about how I drove a tow truck for a few years. In fact, I had done two podcasts about those times and people have reacted well to them. It is the most common request I get: Do I have more?
I was in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan a few days ago and ran across this row of old trucks by the side of the road. They are NOT for sale. The guy just parks them there to get people wondering.
All we hear about these days is how the self-driving and autonomous cars are coming. “Soon, no one will be driving any of the cars on the road!” Not so fast, Chief. I, for one, do not welcome our new robot-car overlords.
There is a directly proportional relationship between how far away a used car is from you and how much trouble you will have when you buy it. I think the trouble might even go exponential when you cross state lines. But I’m not talking math here - just car trouble.
I get a lot of phone calls and a common topic is the third party warranty that did no good for the buyer. But most people don’t really think about this until it is way too late to do anything.
Yes, they are still rolling odometers back. The bad guys, that is. I get calls about it more often than you’d think. Modern technology has not helped and modern titles simply add to the confusion.
You’ll sign a lot of paper next time you buy a car at a dealership - but how much of it will you read? Here are the things you are most likely not going to see if you are not careful. It’s all in the fine print.
Out riding my bike yesterday in the wind and someone asked me if I could listen for an “odd” noise coming from the rear of the vehicle.
Oh, how many times have I heard this one? Someone is panicking because they were told their car was “Unsafe to Drive!” Don’t get me wrong - if your trusted mechanic tells you this, listen up. But if it is a car seller or someone changing your oil, you can probably ignore them.
This past week, my podcast crossed the million download mark. That is, across both platforms (audio/video) Lehto’s Law episodes have been listened to or watched a million times. Not bad for a guy talking to himself about the law.