Are auto dealers and service departments open for business in Oregon and Washington State during the coronavirus “stay-at-home” requirement?
In most cases, yes, because they are deemed to provide an essential service for people who need to buy or have a vehicle repaired to drive to essential work, grocery stores or medical facilities. But there are exceptions. For example, one Toyota dealer was temporarily closed for deep cleaning after an employee tested positive for the virus.
On September 18, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency notified Volkswagen that it violated the Clean Air Act when installing a “defeat device” which circumvents emissions standards by giving false readings when tested. “Using a defeat device in cars to evade clean air standards is illegal and a threat to public health“, said EPA’s Cynthia Giles.
From time to time, this website will post notices concerning consumer and legal issues other than motor vehicles that are relevant to residents of Oregon and Washington State. This just in from the Oregon Department of Justice… (more…)
Dealerships have found creative ways to deal with consumers’ negative equity in order to make more sales. Some practices are downright fraudulent, like fudging the numbers on the purchase contract in order to obtain financing.
In the article below, Young Walgenkim outlines fraudulent methods used by dealers to circumvent negative equity in order to sell more cars. This article was originally published by the Oregon Trial Lawyers’ Association. (more…)