Category: Bureau of Automotive Repair

Vehicle Repair Industry Keeps Up as Technology Advances

Vehicle safety technology is progressing at a staggering pace, with features that not long ago were only available on some high-end models now commonplace at many price points. Back-up cameras and automatic emergency braking systems are seemingly paving the way as manufacturers move toward fully autonomous (driverless) vehicles. The Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR), in…

Coming Soon: National Consumer Protection Week, March 4–10

Learn more about your consumer rights and ways to make well-informed decisions about your money during National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) March 4–10. Presented by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the week-long campaign is a coordinated effort by federal, state, and local agencies and organizations to provide consumers with information and resources to protect themselves…

Get to Know the Federal Lemon Law

The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act (MMWA) also known as the Federal Lemon Law, creates additional protections for consumers.  The law applies to transactions on consumer goods valued at more than $15 that are subject to a warranty.  For this blog post, we will focus on how the MMWA relates to new or used cars and trucks.…

A Smarter Summer

You’re probably aware that the first day of summer kicked off on June 21, the summer solstice. The term solstice is Latin for sun stand still. Apparently, the sun is higher in the sky throughout the day, and its rays beam on the Earth at a more direct angle, making it the day with the…

What You Learned on Your Summer Vacation

When we were kids, the only thing we had to worry about during summer vacation was what to do with all of that time off. As adults, we have other summer-related things to worry about—like how to keep our pets cool, how to protect our homes when we are away, how to prep the car…

APRIL IS NATIONAL CAR CARE MONTH – “Be Car Care Aware”

Winter is gone and Spring has sprung! In some parts of the state, spring often equates to rain and the unique road hazards that come with it, such as slick, wet roads.   April was chosen for National Car Care Month because it is the perfect time to check or replace tires, brakes and windshield wipers–to…

Don’t Miss the Latest Issue of Consumer Connection!

In 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recalled 51.3 million autos in the United States. The recalls included everything from defective ignition switches and steering wheels to acceleration issues and airbag and seatbelt defects. If you receive a recall notice, don’t ignore it. The winter 2016 issue of Consumer Connection walks you through what…

Don’t Kick That Recall Notice to the Curb

In 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recalled 51.3 million automobiles in the United States.  That’s an all-time record and almost three times the number of cars that were sold during the year. These recalls included everything from defective ignition switches and steering wheels, to acceleration issues and worn out suspension parts. Auto…

Bureau of Automotive Repair’s Consumer Assistance Program (CAP)

With some of the strictest vehicle emissions standards in the Nation, many motorists in California are aware that sooner or later, their vehicle will be required to have a biennial (every other year) Smog Check inspection. Let’s say your registration renewal notice indicated that your car needed a Smog Check, you took your vehicle to…

NATIONAL AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE PROFESSIONALS WEEK June 8 – 14, 2016

Since 2001, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence has declared one week in June as National Automotive Service Professionals Week. This year, June 8 – 14, is the designated week for consumers to show their appreciation to the men and women who repair and help maintain the myriad of vehicles we depend on for…

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