Tips for spring car shoppers offered

first_imgAsk either to see the title itself or a copy of the title; at a minimum, request to know the current location of the title. Ensure he or she receives a warranty contract at the time of sale and thoroughly reviews its terms;Ask the dealer when it will forward payment to the third-party warranty provider; andContact the warranty provider after the date the dealer stated it would remit payment and ensure the warranty was purchased by the dealership and is active. Ensure you receive a “dealer title affidavit,” which should be completely filled out and signed by the dealer stating the current location of the title and the date the dealer expects to convey the title to you. Indianapolis, In. — Two recent cases resolved by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) serve as timely reminders to all Hoosiers to exercise extreme caution when purchasing used vehicles. In both scenarios, used car dealers failed to deliver titles and/or provide promised warranties to customers who paid for vehicles.In Delaware County, Capitol Motors LLC failed to procure warranties for 185 consumers. The business — owned and operated by Naim Mahmoud — advertised that each vehicle it sold came with a 3 month/3,000 mile warranty. Upon selling vehicles, however, the business regularly failed to forward payments to a third-party warranty provider, leaving buyers without warranty coverage. In addition, Capitol Motors failed to deliver valid vehicle titles within 31 days from the date of sale to 22 consumers, leaving those consumers unable to register or legally drive their newly-purchased cars and trucks.Following a complaint filed against Capitol Motors and Naim Mahmoud by the Office of the Attorney General, a Delaware County Circuit Court judge on March 27 ordered restitution totaling $62,480 for 185 consumers who purchased extended vehicle warranties that they never received. The judgment also provides court-ordered titles for two consumers. The judgment requires the defendants to pay civil penalties of $180,500. The defendants are also ordered to pay the state $450 in costs, producing a total judgment amount of $243,430. Finally, the judgment prohibits defendant Naim Mahmoud from owning, operating or managing another auto dealership in Indiana in the future.A similar case occurred in Allen County. Shaver Motors of Allen County, Inc., and its owner, John B. Shaver, III, accepted payment from 35 consumers for vehicle service contracts – i.e., warranties – and failed to forward the customers’ money to the warranty provider. This left consumers without the warranty coverage for which they paid. Additionally, Shaver Motors failed to provide titles to multiple customers.Following a complaint filed by the Office of the Attorney General, a judge with the Allen County Circuit Court on March 26 ordered Shaver Motors of Allen County to pay $65,506.85 in restitution to 37 consumers who purchased extended vehicle warranties that they never received. The defendants also were ordered to pay $3,000 to the state for costs associated with the case. The judgment also provided court-ordered titles for three consumers. In addition, the judgment prohibits defendant John Shaver from owning, operating or managing another auto dealership in Indiana in the future.The Office of the Attorney General recommends the following tips to help consumers avoid similar situations encountered by the consumers of Capitol Motors and Shaver Motors:When buying a warranty:If a consumer is buying a car from a dealership and purchases a warranty administered by a third party, the consumer should:center_img If a consumer pays for a warranty contract and the warranty provider never receives payment from the dealership, the consumer should immediately notify his or her lien holder of the issue. In addition, the consumer should file a complaint with the Attorney General’s office at indianaconsumer.com or by calling 1-800-382-5516.When awaiting titles for newly-purchased used vehicles:Be aware that dealers have 31 days from the date of sale to deliver a valid title. If failing to receive a title within 31 days, immediately file complaints with the Secretary of State Auto Dealer Division and also with the Attorney General’s office at indianaconsumer.com or by calling 1-800-382-5516.Attached are the judgments from the cases relating to Capitol Motors in Delaware County and Shaver Motors in Allen County.last_img read more

Syracuse football’s 5 keys against No. 17 Florida State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 30, 2015 at 4:50 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Syracuse (3-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) looks to end a four-game losing streak on Saturday at No. 17 Florida State (6-1, 4-1) in Tallahassee, Florida. The Orange lost to the Seminoles 38-20 last season and 59-3 the previous year. FSU is coming off its first regular-season loss in nearly three years. For all of The Daily Orange’s coverage, keep up with dailyorange.com and follow @DOSports on Twitter.Here are five keys to the game.1. Handling a tough environmentIn practice this week, Syracuse cranked up the heat in the Ensley Athletic Center and blasted Florida State’s “War Chant” to help prep the team for what it’ll be facing in Tallahassee. The Orange’s only other road games were at South Florida and Virginia, two far less challenging places to play.For freshmen who will be seeing significant minutes — i.e.: quarterback Eric Dungey and running back Jordan Fredericks — it will be the toughest collegiate environment they’ve ever played in.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text2. Stopping Dalvin Cook’s backupFlorida State’s star running back, and widely considered the second best in the country, was ruled out for Saturday’s game due to an ankle injury. Backup Jonathan Vickers has just 47 rushing yards on the year. The injury to Cook gives Syracuse an opportunity to set the tempo with a strong running game of its own if SU can get off the field on defense, a point of emphasis for the Orange coaching staff of late.3. Eric Dungey’s progressionDungey has been efficient early on in his freshman season but two interceptions against Pittsburgh slowed his progress. With All-American cornerback Jalen Ramsey and safety Lamarcus Brutus, who has two picks this year, in the secondary, passing against FSU is a tall task as Dungey faces his toughest test yet.4. Steve Ishmael continuing strong playIn the past four games, Ishmael has hauled in 20 catches for 228 yards. After catching just five balls in the first three games, he’s now playing like the player he was expected to be at the start of the season. His recent success though has partially been a result of favorable matchups. Against a team that’s loaded in the secondary — and basically everywhere else — Ishmael’s performance could show where he stacks up against some of the best on Syracuse’s schedule.5. Don’t fall apartIn each of the past four games, all losses, the Orange was within a touchdown in the fourth quarter at the bare minimum. In the past two weeks, Virginia and Pittsburgh drove 85-plus yards on the final possession of the fourth quarter to either send it to overtime or win it. While SU is nearly a three-touchdown underdog, if the Orange was to have a lead or be tied late in the game, not blowing it has proven to be a challenge. And if that was to happen again, Syracuse would face the task of having to win three of its last four to become bowl eligible. Commentslast_img read more

Carroll hat-trick wrecks Arsenal dream

first_imgLONDON (AP):Arsenal needed a flawless finish to the English Premier League season to stand a realistic chance of reeling in surprise leaders Leicester City.Thanks to West Ham striker Andy Carroll, that won’t be happening.Carroll scored an eighth-minute hat-trick as West Ham came from two goals behind and drew 3-3 with Arsenal in a wild match at Upton Park that summed up the visitors’ season a strong start, a collapse and then a recovery that was too little, too late.Surely, only second-placed Tottenham can stop Leicester now.Arsenal are 10 points behind the leaders and three adrift of Spurs, with the top two in action today.Arsenal are not yet assured of securing a top-four place and Champions League football for next season, with Manchester City only two points back in fourth after rallying to a 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion, thanks to Samir Nasri’s second-half winner. City played a weakened team ahead of the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Paris Saint-Germain, which is tied 2-2 after the first leg on Wednesday.Manchester United are four points behind City, with their game in hand coming against Tottenham today.Confirmation of Aston Villa’s inevitable relegation was delayed at least another week, despite the last-place team losing 2-1 at home to Bournemouth for a 23rd defeat in 33 league matches this season. Fourth-to-last Norwich could have relegated Villa by picking up a point at Crystal Palace, but lost 1-0.It was Palace’s first win since December 19, virtually preserving their Premier League status for another season.Newcastle look likely to be joining Villa in the second tier after losing 3-1 at Southampton to stay six points behind Norwich, with only six matches left.”It’s important that everybody continues to believe,” said Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez, who is still to earn a victory in four matches since taking over. “The anxiety is killing us sometimes.”Swansea beat Chelsea 1-0 thanks to Gylfi Sigurdsson’s 25th-minute goal, while Watford and Everton drew 1-1 in a match between two FA Cup semi-finalists.Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez put Arsenal 2-0 ahead against West Ham, both scoring off passes from young Nigerian Alex Iwobi, before Carroll single-handedly brought the home side back into the game.POWERFUL HEADERStaking his claim for a place in England’s squad for the European Championship, the tall striker planted home a powerful header in the 44th, equalised with a deflected volley in first-half injury time, then rose above Arsenal’s defence to complete his hat-trick in the 52nd.Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny scored a 70th-minute equaliser, but a point isn’t enough at this stage in the title race.”We’ve made it far more difficult for ourselves to have a chance to win the championship,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. “We have to keep going and hope. You never know what can happen.”City trimmed the gap to Arsenal after recovering from going behind to Stephane Sessegnon’s goal in the sixth minute.Sessegnon then brought down Aleksandar Kolarov to allow Sergio Aguero to score from a penalty and Nasri scored the winner for City from close range in the 66th.last_img read more