Cars

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

Read about where to file your lawsuit or case. Information on jurisdiction and venue.

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

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

Laws specific to two-wheel vehicles such as motorcycles.

This guide offers suggestions to help you get results when you have a problem with the purchase of goods or services. It explains the proper way to make a complaint, and also discusses using government agencies, consumer groups, lawyers and small claims court. A sample complaint letter and a list of compliant-handling agencies are included.

The comprehensive guide to making purchases and dealing with companies.

Explanation of auto service contracts, description of warranties, and links to file complaints for service contract and warranty abuses.

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.

Some federal and state laws affect the vehicle financing and leasing process. They offer important information that can help you negotiate a better deal, better understand the process, and give you certain rights.

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

Car Buyer's Bill of Rights, Dispute with Your Car Dealer?, Motor Vehicle Warranty and Lemon Law.

If you have a problem that you think is covered by a warranty or service contract, follow the instructions to get service. If a dispute arises, try to work it out with the dealer. Talk with the salesperson or, if necessary, the owner of the dealership.

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

The rules of the roads and traffic laws.

This booklet answers questions about the Lemon Law and provides information about the arbitration process, record-keeping suggestions and sources of advice and assistance as it pertains to the California State-certified arbitration process and is not intended as legal advice.

"Lemons": Cars with serious problems after you bought it.

Complain about a law enforcement agency or officer, federal government contracts, government agency, the U.S. Postal Service, government vehicle misuse, reckless driving, or collisions involving a government vehicle.

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Researching, financing, trading, and service contracts.

California car buyers have important rights that have changes the way millions of cars are bought and sold in California.

Laws specific to commercial vehicles and trucks.

These databases enable homeowner and automobile insurers to exchange information - without notice to you unless your state requires notice - about claims for loss of property.

As each program has separate eligibility requirements, including Smog Check inspection requirements, please review the requirements below prior to submitting an application.

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

You can get a free inspection to check the repair quality.

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

What you need, such as birth date and true full name .

How long information is kept on your driving record.

The free arbitration process when the car has serious issues.

Insurance providers cannot treat domestic partners and married spouses differently.

Respond to a ticket, appeal your case, and traffic school.

This pamphlet explains what to do if you ever find yourself in a vehicle collision.

What happens in the vehicle repossession process.