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Be sure to check to see if a car you’re planning to buy has a recall issue

If you’re going to buy a car, be sure to find out if it’s been part of a recall. Only 75 percent of vehicles involved in a recall are actually repaired, according to NHTSA. Car dealers and other companies that sell cars may not let you know about recalled cars that haven’t had repairs made.  Read more →


Hybrids and sedans ranked high in Consumer Reports reliability survey, while EVs and pickups tank

Buying a car is such a complicated process. I always appreciate information from Consumer Reports on the topic. Each year Consumer Reports issues a report on car reliability. It’s latest report showed hybrid vehicles and midsized or large sedans are among the most reliable, while electric vehicles and full-size pickup trucks are the two most problematic categories. Read more →


As inflation weary voters head to the polls Tuesday, oil companies are chortling all the way to the bank

It’s one of the biggest frauds unleashed on the American public: high gas prices despite falling oil prices. As consumers prepare to vote, it’s often the high gas prices that are on their minds. Recently, I wrote about price gouging: about one-third to half of the current inflation in the U.S. is being caused by corporations making excessive profits. Read more →


Let the FTC know about the tricks and traps you’ve experienced at auto dealers by Sept. 12

Have you ever paid for dealer “prep” or add-ons such as extended warranties, fabric protection, and VIN etching? Or, did you find out that the car in the ad costs much more when you get to the dealer? The Federal Trade Commission is working to address deceptive advertising and unlawful add-on sales in the auto industry. Read more →


The new Inflation Reduction Act will benefit consumers in many ways

It seems like a miracle. The Democrats finally came together and passed major legislation to benefit American consumers. It’s called the Inflation Reduction Act. U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said the law will have a lasting impact on the planet and will help lower costs for Americans across our country. Read more →


Cars top the list of 2021 consumer complaints in a survey, again

Every year, consumer agencies and groups report on the top consumer complaints of the previous year. Often, auto complaints top the lists. That’s the result being reported by the Consumer Federation of America. Auto sales and repairs are the No. 1 category of complaints made to local and state consumer agencies in 2021. Read more →


Hyundai to pay more than $19 million for submitting false consumer payment information to credit bureaus

Hyundai Capital America is being fined for repeatedly providing inaccurate information to credit reporting companies and failing to address inaccurate information when it was identified between 2016 and 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced Tuesday. Read more →