As regular readers of Jezebel know, a piece I wrote the other day focused on Curbstoning. The piece wasn’t on Jezebel, but the notice that it was trending was. (See above.)
In case you missed it, here it is.
The reaction I got to this was kind of interesting. And by that I mean: One guy called me a “douche” and told me to go “F*ck” myself, although he did not use the “*” symbol when he pecked out his curseword. Several people accused me of shilling for the car dealers. Which was neat, considering how many car dealers accused me of trashing them.
And then the car flippers came out en masse and said that what they do - selling cars without the benefit of dealer licenses - is not only righteous but is something I should quit pointing out to people.
Hey, I never called anyone any names. I just suggested consumers should be made aware of the true nature of the Curbstone transaction. If you want to flip cars without a license, sell cars off your lot (when you are a dealer), or skip titles - knock yourself out. Just don’t blame me for the pesky laws that are opposed to what you do. I don’t write the laws; I write about them.
So in that vein, I give you Lehto’s Law #29. In Roman numerals I think that might be rendered as XXIX but that doesn’t look right to me. Either way, give it a listen. I go over the nuances of Curbstoning and also give the example I should have given in my piece but didn’t - the most egregious title skip that ever happened. Ever.
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Steve Lehto has been practicing law for 23 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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