Category Archives: Car Recalls, Scams & Fraud

VOLKSWAGEN EMISSIONS CRISIS

VOLKSWAGEN EMISSIONS CRISIS

Volkswagen has recently admitted to a disproportionate amount of carbon monoxide readings for well over 800,000 vehicles, and is struggling to recover its initial wave of #DieselGate conundrums. Rigging emissions data levels to game the system will undoubtedly cause further damage to the iconic brand. How damaging? Carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless, colorless gas that can be extremely deadly. There have been many accounts of tragic CO situations that can lead to serious injury or death. This particular gas is taken very seriously, especially within testing for emissions readings for vehicles from State to State, and for that matter around the world. Vehicle manufacturers are regulated strictly, and must conform within guidelines. Very Tough Guidelines. As listed on the EPA website in detail, the consumer is ultimately responsible for regular emissions testing after the purchas ... read more

AUTO MECHANIC SCAMS & HOW TO ELIMINATE THE FEAR

As a follow up with ABC News “20/20” going undercover at mechanic shops, Frank Leutz with Desert Car Care gives you a few pointers to enable you to be empowered before you go in and see your next mechanic and eliminate the fear

DOES YOUR CAR HAVE A FAKE AIRBAG?

DOES YOUR CAR HAVE A FAKE AIRBAG?

Grateful to provide help to Stacia Naquin, Call 12 for Action News for article today on azcentral.com. The search continues across the Valley for those who may have been affected by the recent arrest of a man suspected of selling counterfeit airbags to individuals and businesses in the area. As Officer James Holmes, a Phoenix police spokesman, recently stated, “The arrest of Mr. Dwight Smith and the manufacturing of counterfeit airbags have caused justifiable concern by the public regarding the safety and functionality of their supplement restraint systems in their cars.” As a driver, how can you look at your car and know for sure whether you’re part of the affected group? I asked that question of Frank Leutz, CEO of Desert Car Care and chapter president of the Automotive Service Association of Arizona. “When y ... read more

YOUR CAR ODOMETER

Frank Leutz with Desert Car Care explains cars found with tampered odometers. Learn what to check for before you buy that used car

CHECK ENGINE LIGHT SCAMS

Arizona 3 On Your Side interviews Frank Leutz regarding scams for your check engine light

COUNTERFEIT AIRBAGS & VEHICLE INFORMATION

Easy steps to ensure your air bag in your car or truck is not a fake.The NHTSA estimates a few hundred thousand counterfeit air bags have been installed in vehicles across the country

DON’T BUY THAT USED CAR YET!

DON’T BUY THAT USED CAR YET!

Be aware of malicious and coy activity that is currently going on with certain sellers of used vehicles in the Valley. Here is how: You get excited about purchasing a used vehicle on the Internet, or in person. The price looks right. The car feels great. WAIT! This vehicle may have the vital check engine light bulb removed, thereby not informing you upfront about a potential issue with the engine. STOP AND PERFORM A QUICK and easy “Bulb Test”. Turn the key on DONT START engine. Look for all the lights in the dash to come on (Seat-belt, Airbag and ESPECIALLY the check engine light bulb). IF THIS LIGHT does not come on, there is a good chance that the seller is HIDING AN EXPENSIVE repair. Without this light coming on, YOU ARE not aware of a fault. And most IMPORTANTLY, have us perform a “Pre Purchase” top to bottom vehicle inspection. Our Chandler and Gilbert locations can give you the peace of mind that you deserve

CRAIGSLIST SCAMS WHEN BUYING A VEHICLE

You thought that vehicle purchased on the Internet was a smoking deal, when a few days later your confronted with the horror of big dollar repairs that will be needed