Connecticut Consumer Protection Law Blog

Pet Lemon Law

Thumbnail image for Arbie.jpgSeveral clients have called us recently with questions about their rights and options when their new puppy is sick. Thankfully, Connecticut is one of 22 states with a Pet Lemon Law. The law applies to cats and dogs that are purchased from a pet shop.

Thinking of Certified Pre-Owned? Maybe think again

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for used car signs.jpgCar manufacturers and dealers heavily promote their certified pre-owned vehicles. But, in our experience, certified pre-owned is mostly a marketing gimmick. Although dealerships promise that the certified cars have undergone a stringent inspection, we find that in many cases, either no inspection was performed or defects are overlooked. As a result, many of these "certified" cars are not worth the higher price that dealerships charge for certified pre-owned vehicles.

Checking Your Credit Report

The New Year is a perfect time to check your credit reports. This is especially true if you are thinking of financing a major purchase (such a car or new home) or refinancing a mortgage in 2018. A surprisingly high percentage of credit reports have inaccurate information. And, if there are problems on your report, it is much better to find out about them before you apply for credit.

Unsafe Car Sold by A Better Way Wholesale Autos

Gavel.bmpThe Connecticut Appellate Court has dismissed an appeal filed by an auto dealer, A Better Way Wholesale Autos. In its appeal, the dealership was attempting to throw out an arbitrator's decision that the 2004 Mercedes E 500 that it had sold to a Connecticut consumer was not safe to drive

Auto Dealer Fraud by A Better Way Wholesale Autos

The Connecticut Appellate Court, in a unanimous decision, recently upheld a decision by a Connecticut Superior Court Judge that A Better Way Wholesale Autos committed auto dealer fraud. The judge had found, following a trial, that the dealership had committed unfair trade practices and defrauded a consumer.Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for New cars.jpg

Beware Charity Scams

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for serious woman making phone call.jpgMany of us are annoyed by unsolicited telephone calls. Although most consumers are probably aware that they need to be cautions when receiving these calls, many may not know that they should be equally cautions when the caller is soliciting for a charity. Many of these charitable solicitations are little more than scams.

Games Dealers Play: Badmouthing the Trade-In

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for New cars.jpgMany potential clients contact us after being told by a dealership that their old car had been in an accident and that they can't take it as a trade-in. Sometimes, this is true:many vehicles offered for sale at car dealerships that are not safe to be driven because of prior wreck damage that was never properly repaired. But, sometimes the dealership is being dishonest. This is one of the Games Dealers Play: Badmouthing the Trade-In.

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