National Coalition of Consumer Groups Targets “BMA” Clauses
By Remar Sutton
Virtually every major consumer group in America has joined CTF-A in a national campaign to stop Binding Mandatory Arbitration Clauses, a "lawless system" which strips away consumers' rights to use the court system. The quote is from the San Francisco Examiner.
BMA clauses, as they are called, are hidden in auto contracts at thousands of dealerships. A story on these clauses is below.
The Coalition, founded by this task force, is called "Give Me Back My Rights." Head there now.
The Auto Business Has Changed Since You Last Bought or Leased
Did you know...?
- Many dealerships and manufacturers track your online activities-and share that information with others?
- Some finance sources deliberately lower your credit rating to force you into their own inflated rates?
- If you're driving a leased vehicle right now, you may be in for a financial shock when you turn it in?
- You can't avoid buying from a dealer, even if you buy online from a buying service?
About "Don't Get Taken Every Time"
For over 20 years, Remar Sutton's best-selling guide, in six editions, has been the definitive work on buying or leasing a car or truck. Now completely rewritten, Don't Get Taken Every Time takes you inside the world of the auto business and exposes all the ways dealers try to trick buyers out of their money. From shopping and negotiating to financing, this book exposes scams and gives you step-by-step negotiating techniques for getting the best possible deal. Become a savvy shopper, on the web or at the dealership! Sharing the techniques that have made him "public enemy #1 of the car dealers" (The Washington Post), Remar Sutton shows you how to beat the dealers and turn the web into a powerful tool against them-and save thousands of dollars in the process!
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Who's Remar and How Does He Know All This?
"Remar Sutton is without peer in presenting the lures, pitfalls, and price packs that are now part of so many car dealers' practices." ---Ralph Nader
Remar Sutton is president and co-founder with Ralph Nader of the non-profit Consumer Task Force for Automotive Issues. The task force currently collects and disseminates information on auto fraud activities, including internet activities, for many state attorneys general, dozens of significant national consumer groups, and eight well-known plaintiff law firms. the task force also administers "The Reality Checklist for Vehicle Leasing," a project of twenty-three attorneys general and hundreds of consumer groups. sutton serves without compensation as task force president.
Sutton's knowledge in the automotive area comes from his own experiences as a former automobile dealer, from an on-going eighteen-year investigation of dealership tactics and operational procedures (at times using undercover employees at dealerships), from his friends in the automobile business, from other experts he deals with, from his work with the attorneys general, and from the thousands of consumers who have written or talked with him over the years about their own dealership experiences.
Twenty-Twenty, Sixty Minutes, Ted Koppel's Nightline, ABC Primetime, Good Morning America, Today, CBS Morning News, Newsweek, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, PBS Television's News Hour with Jim Lehrer, and People Magazine have all used Sutton as either a consultant, on-air authority, author, or subject. Sutton is a pro bono consultant to Ralph Nader and his affiliated groups and to Clarence Ditlow, President of the Center for Auto Safety and his affiliated groups. He is or has been a consultant to the attorneys general of New York, New Jersey, Florida, Illinois, West Virginia, Hawaii and Missouri.
Remar Sutton has lectured on auto fraud at the Practicing Law Institute, and for various state attorneys general offices, for the National Consumer Law Center, the Consumer Federation of America, and the National Association of Attorneys General. He has been an expert witness concerning automotive issues in many of the major class action lawsuits in America.