I find it hard to believe that some of you don’t know about my fetish for Turbine Cars. I’ve written a book on them and have now driven two of them. The occasion was the making of a video.
Not sure if I mentioned this before but I am an attorney and I specialize in the Lemon Law. If I have, I haven’t actually gotten into the meat of it in a year or so. At least, not in the podcast.
I’ve written quite a bit about traffic tickets and one of the most-read pieces I ever put up here was how to reduce the odds of being ticketed during a traffic stop. It is the subject of this week’s podcast.
Regular visitors to these parts know that I have a thing for 2002 Ford Explorers. I’ve owned two identical ones in a row. And yet, whenever I mention my fondness for them, someone always tries to tell me it is the “worst car ever built.” They’re wrong, of course.
As we all know by now, VW got caught with a cheat device on their “Clean” TDI Diesels. Which were anything but clean. So now they are offering a payout to those who got snookered. And the payout looks good.
I’ve covered everything a consumer would want to know on my podcast it would seem. But then I got two phone calls in the same week from people who bought used cars at night. And guess what?
We’ve all heard of reckless and careless driving, but many people have no idea what it is or how bad it can turn out to be if it ends up on your record. So this week, I talk about that and drag racing - just to keep it fun.
A topic I never thought I’d have to address has forced itself upon me. I’d be scared to tell you how often people call my office after buying a car sight-unseen, usually off the internet. That went wrong? Who’d a thunk it?!
This is one of those topics where 95% of the readers will say, “Everyone knows that!” Four percent will say, “My state has it!” and one percent will say, “You’re wrong.” Of course, those one percent always think I am wrong.
You may have heard about how the police can pull you over and - if they find cash on you - take it from you and keep it. This wonderful thing is called “Civil Forfeiture” and most people have no idea how it works or how widespread it really is.
I spent the last weekend in Ypsilanti hanging with the Tucker Automobile Club of America. Along with the festivities, there were two Tuckers there - number 1015 and 1044. I did a quick walkaround with my GoPro.
In what is the longest-titled podcast of my 100+ episodes to date, I respond to one of the most common complaints I get at my office. People spend too much on a car and try to blame the seller. Welcome to America.
Everyone talks about warranties but very few people understand what they are. In fact, most attorneys and judges aren’t totally clear either - unless they handle these cases all the time. Which is what I explain in this week’s podcast.
If your car was stolen in Michigan, there is a good chance your insurer will deny your auto theft claim and they will get away with it. And you can predict if your claim will be denied by checking the color of your skin.
I’ve picked on Chrysler and Ford lately, so why not General Motors? They popped into the news a week or so ago when the New York Times showed GM knew about the problem with Takata airbags. And used them anyway.
Consumers are confused by the used car market. Not just with “as is” sales, but now with “Certified Pre-Owned” cars. People buy them and then are surprised when they wonk out. “What? The Lemon Law doesn’t cover CPO cars?” No, no it doesn’t.
On average about once a day I get the phone call. Someone bought a used car and it just exploded. A day, a week, a month after purchase. What can they do? Oh, they bought it “as-is”.
How much do you trust Carfax? Maybe a better question is: How much should you trust Carfax? It’s the topic of this week’s Lehto’s Law.
Know anyone with a 9-speed transmission equipped Cherokee? Ask them about the transmission. Turns out many of them are defective and Chrysler is flummoxed when they are presented for warranty repairs.
One of the most common things I get asked is: “Will ‘tuning’ my car void its warranty?” The answer is, “Probably not,” but you still need to be careful about it. As always, know what you are doing before you do it.