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Uncleresa  (Level: 71.3 - Posts: 132)
Tue, 16th Oct '07 3:09 AM


my husband just got a car back in sept. that is no good. It is a 97 lincoln continetal.The tranny caused problems from day 1: would not engage into gear after a stop sign. Does anyone know a good lawyer or mechanic, or both? We are located in Ct, USA. Thanks for any input! Teresa

Maurlin  (Level: 220.5 - Posts: 2707)
Tue, 16th Oct '07 5:02 AM

Does Connctucut have a Lemon law? Did you buy it from a used car dealership or from a private individual? If from a dealership, have you tried to return it?

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Tue, 16th Oct '07 9:14 AM

I thought buying a used car fell under the "buyer beware" laws, especially if it came with no warranty (unless a dealer has some special return clause). Before buying a used car, you always have the option of taking it to your mechanic and asking them to run through it for problems.

Tuzilla  (Level: 144.7 - Posts: 3839)
Tue, 16th Oct '07 10:49 AM

Wow. It sounds like you have a problem and a half.

First I would go to a Lincoln dealer and see if there were service bulletins about the transmissions. If there are, then you have something to go on.

If you bought it from a individual, you are probably stuck.

If you bought it from a dealership, you might be able to get something. If you bought it from a used car lot, it will probably be tougher.

Me, if it is a dealership or used car lot, I am just cranky enough to let them know I am going to write a letter to the editor about the way people don't stand behind what they sell any longer...take the car I just bought from ??? as an example. They might jump to avoid the letter.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Wed, 17th Oct '07 3:43 AM

Another thing you can do....and I have done it in similar circumstances....
1. Make yourself a cardbord sign, nailed to a piece of wood
(not a wooden sign because it's too heavy)
2. Write clearly that you were sold a "lemon" that never worked
(avoid writing anything slanderous - that you can't prove)
3. Pick a fine day, and parade with your sign up and down outside the
dealer where you bought the car (Dealership or Used Car lot)
It's been my experience that you don't have to do that for very long
before the owner of the offending business wants to negotiate....
Shady businesses trade on the fact that most consumers don't want
to make a fuss or create a scene. Call them on it!!!!

4getful1  (Level: 182.9 - Posts: 3055)
Wed, 17th Oct '07 6:59 AM

Oooh Rowlanda,

Good one! My sentiments exactly.


Tuzilla  (Level: 144.7 - Posts: 3839)
Wed, 17th Oct '07 11:04 AM

I can't disagree with this, but I would get to that point after trying the letter approach. Don't fire your big gun first.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Wed, 17th Oct '07 3:56 PM

I am assuming that there has been some discussion
up to now....nobody pays a lawyer if they can
negotiate for themselves....
Sorry Linda....

Lucimoore  (Level: 192.1 - Posts: 1732)
Wed, 17th Oct '07 5:51 PM

When we had our first home built the contractor was slow finishing work and we had already moved in since our lease was up on rental property. After several weeks of begging and pleading I called and told him I would be across the street from his business within the hour with a sign that invited others to talk with me about the house he built for us before they talked with him. I was careful to let him know the sign would not say anything bad about his business but that I would certainly tell anyone who stopped to speak with me the exact truth about his work. The work on our home was finished within the week.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Thu, 18th Oct '07 2:35 AM

Some large ticket items are definitely worth the effort....

I used to have an RV that went on fire, and the Insurance refused
to pay the claim - said it must have been done on purpose!!!!
They were open on Saturday morning - and closed for the weekend at noon.
So at 11.30AM....I arrived at their office with a suitcase, a thermos
and lots of sandwiches.
Had a check for almost $20,000 in my hand by 12.15PM

Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 689)
Thu, 18th Oct '07 2:39 AM

I used to get a lot of results showing up to complain with my cranky unfed toddlers in tow

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Thu, 18th Oct '07 5:50 PM

That sounds like a good one....unfortunately, I can't think
straight either - or remain calm and polite with "cranky unfed
toddlers" around. And one does have to remain calm and determined
to obtain justice.

Kaufman  (Level: 267.8 - Posts: 3941)
Thu, 18th Oct '07 6:38 PM

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Fri, 19th Oct '07 2:42 AM

it just occured to me that almost 3 days have passed
since you started this thread. I'm wondering if there
has been any change in your situation - if you have
managed to negotiate with the people you bought the
car from, (OR if you took a baseball bat and smashed
the other cars on their lot)????
Please let us know how it's going????
Maybe all Sploofus members in the area can hold a
Mass Protest on your behalf???? Or how about a letter
writing campain. What can we do for you????
Probably you can tell....I hate injustice!!!!

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Mon, 22nd Oct '07 5:13 PM

Do not ever buy a used car from anyone unless you know them personally or you are a big gambler. There are so many ways to doctor a car engine, you wouldn't believe. Back in the mid-80's I bought a two year old station wagon from a certified Chevrolet dealer (it was a beauty). Everything ran fine until a month later, I needed an oil change. Within a day, my car was smoking, chugging and what not. I brought the car back to the dealer and coming very close to physical violence, they gave me a substantial trade-in and I bought a new pickup truck (lucky me). There is no doubt that they put that temporary sealer back in that engine and resold it. Living in the north is rough on cars and there are thousands sent down south every month for Big profits. Another thing is that your bill of sale could've said AS IS, then you are had. Buyer Beware.


Texlewee  (Level: 34.1 - Posts: 601)
Tue, 23rd Oct '07 12:34 AM

I am not a lawyer, nor do I play one in bed, however, I believe there are Federal Consumer Protection laws covers you.

The bill may say AS IS, however, the act says a car dealer MUST disclose any fault or failure. You, the "layman" are not expected to know everything about mechanics, and the seller is to held to a higher standard.

The law suggests that if he "knowingly" sells you a lemon, he is liable for treble damages.

Also, try this link:

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Tue, 23rd Oct '07 5:05 AM

I'm not disputing regulations on lemon law but in Chicago area things are wierd. You can get a used car as new as 2003-04 for less than $3,000. In my opinion, this is a severe depreciation in a vehicle's value (if it is 100% mechanically). The only sure way to do business with any dealer or manufacturer is to buy NEW with warranty insurance. It cost me over $2,500 on my new '07 Silverado pickup for a 5 year/100,00 mile protection policy.

Highspade  (Level: 130.0 - Posts: 1)
Tue, 23rd Oct '07 5:26 AM

this man in memphis tn tied lemons all over his station wagon, and sat for a week out side the dealer ship. had ladies with signs. no one would go into the lot. the dealer lost money, and the man got a car plus.

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