A defect in a motor vehicle that places drivers and passengers in danger is something one would think auto makers and safety agencies would deal with swiftly. This does not seem to be the case with reports of sunroofs spontaneously exploding in California and across the country, often while drivers are operating their vehicles at highway speeds. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has apparently kept records of reports of exploding sunroofs for five years, but no action concerning this auto defect has been taken on the federal level.
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One of the costliest purchases a consumer makes is buying a new vehicle. Many in California have gone through the frustration and uncertainty of owning a used car, often dealing with expensive repairs while still paying on a car loan. To avoid this, they study their options and purchase a new vehicle, assuming it will be reliable. Unfortunately, some find themselves facing lemon law issues nonetheless.
Before buying a new car, it is typical for consumers to take a test drive. However, there is often little chance to really get a feel for how the vehicle will perform until the papers are signed. Fortunately, consumer advocates like "Car and Driver" perform long-term test drives and report on the results. Those results were not so encouraging for California consumers in the market for the latest Alfa Romeo.
The number of cars manufactured each year has been steadily increasing. As millions of vehicles pass through the assembly line, there are bound to be some with defects or issues that are not discovered until their new owners drive them. Fortunately, California's lemon law protects consumers from being stuck with a vehicle that requires a lifetime of costly repairs or is simply unsafe to drive.
What draws people to buying new, rather than used, cars? A recent survey indicates that the perception that new cars are more reliable may be a big contributor.