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The struggle to ensure that working families can get and keep a reliable car at fair terms is going on across the country.  This page will allow us to update you on local efforts to address these issues.  If you know of something going on in your area that we should share with others please contact us.

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California 

California passes the Car Buyers Protection Act, requiring car dealers to pay off outstanding liens before trading or selling a used car.  More

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

District Of Columbia

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

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Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland
The Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition has been trying to address a number of car related issues in Maryland.  See  How to Buy a Used Car Without Being Taken for a Ride: What You Need to Know Before Buying a Used Car or Truck to Get a Good Vehicle at a Fair Price. Funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Massachusetts

Modernizing the Massachusetts Exemption Laws

Massachusetts has amended its exemptions laws to better protect the family car and other necessities.  This law sets out what property debtors are able to protect from unsecured judgment creditors.  From the article in the Boston Globe:

The new law updates decades-old property exemptions, allowing consumers to keep a car worth up to $7,500 out of reach of collectors, up from $700 in the past. Owners who are 60 or older or disabled will get a $15,000 car exemption. Consumers also may hold on to $2,500 in a bank account, five times the current level.
“This new law will protect thousands of struggling Massachusetts residents, and allow them to house, feed, and support their families and continue to work as they struggle to pay debts and get back on their feet after an economic setback,’’ said Robert J. Hobbs, deputy director of the National Consumer Law Center.


The entire globe article may be found here.

For more information about the importance of exemptions for cars see this webinar we did last year on exemptions and asset limits.

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Participating Organizations

Group letter to the FTC petitioning enforcement action against CarMax for deceptive ads and sales practices, June 23, 2014.

Group comments to the U.S. Treasury's Federal Insurance Office supporting collecting data on access and affordability of auto insurance for low-income drivers, June 9, 2014.

How a car ownership program changed a life
Story

Shifting into Gear: A Revised Guide to Creating or Improving a Car Ownership Program
Press Release

Group comments to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration re: its 2014-2018 strategic plan (odometer fraud)

CFPB to Crack Down on Race-Based Auto Loans
Press Release: CFPB to Hold Auto Lenders Accountable for Discrimination in Auto Lending

Group Opposes FTC Used Car rule 
Consumer groups submitted comments to the FTC

LA Times series on "Buy Here Pay Here" used car dealers

Update Auto Warranty Act
Group comments to the Federal Trade Commission on the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act Review on auto warranties a and defects