More Rights Pushed for Car Buyers

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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Consumer groups have announced they’re preparing for an expected special election this fall and are gathering signatures for what they call a Car Buyers Bill of Rights initiative.

Ryan Coen of Redding spoke in Sacramento and says he’s interested in the initiative’s provisions on standards for certified used cars, after his experience purchasing one that had been in an accident.

 “I spent 30-thousand dollars on a car that sits in my driveway and I pay 500-thousand dollars a month on for about two years to sit and wait in a court for this stuff to get taken care of when other people shouldn’t have to deal with this.”

The initiative also includes a three-day cooling off period for buyers to return used cars. The issue has also been re-introduced in the legislature. 

The President of the California Motor Car Dealers Association says he’s disappointed with the initiative, saying it could create loopholes for frivolous lawsuits.