Cars

This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.

Ask questions and get answers, in real time, right here on the Internet, from live law librarians throughout California.

If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.

Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.

The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.

ADR is usually less formal, less expensive, and less time-consuming than a trial.

State offices, district attorneys (DA), and government regulators.

The rules of the roads and traffic laws.

The comprehensive guide to making purchases and dealing with companies.

What happens in the vehicle repossession process.

Reporting to the DMV and talking to your insurer.

Your rights if you have a problem with the mechanic.

Vehicle ownership changes for: sale or gift, inheritance, and satisfaction of lien (full payment of car loan).

Laws specific to commercial vehicles and trucks.

This information will also help you understand your rights if you have a problem with a repair shop. Here's what the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) recommends: 1) read and follow your owner's manual. 2) select a repair shop before you need one, but be sure it is registered with BAR. 3) know your rights as a consumer. 4) keep this guide in your car and refer to it before taking your car in for service.

For those entitled to request a Driver Safety (DS) administrative hearing.

Good faith; prompt, honest, and timely communications; fair claims; cooperative investigation; additional living expenses; adjusting and paying your dwelling claim; contractors; fair depreciation; examination under oath; and complaints.

Mediation is an informal, voluntary, non-binding process for conducting settlement negotiations between you and your insurance company.