Car lawyers specialize in issues involving owning and operating motor vehicles. First, car lawyers advocate for car buyers about contractual disputes with car sellers. Car sellers often make exaggerated claims and promises in order to sell a car. These claims can be legal as “puffing,” but can be illegal if they constitute lies or “misrepresentations.”
Car lawyers sue sellers over “bait and hook” offers meant to draw customers in. Car sellers can be liable for making “unconscionable” deals that shock the court’s conscience, such as the exclusion of typical warranties. Sellers can also get into trouble for selling a car “as is,” yet hiding damage which would not have been discoverable by a reasonable buyer.
Car lawyers sue manufacturers for product liability based on warranty, carelessness, and obvious defect. Lemon laws protect consumers dissatisfied with extensive warranty work and repair, and grant the owner a new car for their trouble. Car lawyers can also advise clients about licensing and registration procedures, repossession, lien activity, junked titles, salvage history, odometer rollbacks, and so on.
Car lawyers represent clients who have been in accidents resulting in injury, who have been issued a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) citation, who have not maintained their vehicles in good repair causing injury, and so on.
Car lawyers deal with insurance companies regarding premium increases, medical payments, uninsured motorist and property damage coverage, subrogation, and other insurance issues.
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Last Modified: 01-22-2013 02:51 PM PST