Raise your hand if you have ever bought a car for $500 or less. Yes, it is an American pastime, buying used cars for what amounts to little more than scrap value. Did the car work out for you? If not, did you call an attorney to complain?

I get a surprising number of phone calls at my office from disgruntled buyers of used cars that were bought at ridiculously cheap prices. And simply because the buyers are human, they believe they have been aggrieved - even though the car which just blew up in their driveway only cost $300. “Can I sue the seller? He told me it was a ‘great’ car!”

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Before I went to law school, I never would have imagined these phone calls as a significant part of my future. Especially not at the rate I get them. But people being people, they complain.

So, I condense in this week’s podcast the various things I tell people who have bought cheap/defective cars and what I wish they had thought of as they stood at the curbside, talking to the seller they met three minutes earlier after calling on a Craigslist ad.

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You see: There is not a whole lot I can do in 99.9% of these cases. So it is the preventive medicine approach where I rest my optimism. The audio:

And the Video.

Pic at the top is all of the books I have written and/or written forewords to. (Ebooks not shown.)

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Steve Lehto has been practicing law for 25 years, almost exclusively in consumer protection and Michigan lemon law. He wrote The Lemon Law Bible and Chrysler’s Turbine Car: The Rise and Fall of Detroit’s Coolest Creation.

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