Michael Finney answers your consumer questions

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Fed up? Curious? Furious?! If you need help, just ask Michael Finney, your own consumer expert from 7 On Your Side!

7 On Your Side's Consumer expert Michael Finney answers your questions, every weekday on ABC7 Mornings. Submit your video questions and tune in at 6 a.m.

Question 1:
Ilahna from San Rafael asks: When I take my car to a mechanic, how can I know if the estimate given and the repair suggested is correct and honest?

Answer:
This is always tough so the best way to check is to go online to a website like automd.com that diagnoses car issues. Then, only go to a shop that gets good reviews online. If you feel ripped off, file a complaint with the California Bureau of Automotive Repair.


Question 2:
Faustina from Oakland asks: Where is the best place to buy a car?

Answer:
Where ever you can get the best deal because it changes all the time. Here's what I want you to do: Go online and check prices at edmunds.com or Kelley Blue Book. Then, look around online for the car you want. Make some offers and take the best one. Shopping for a car has never been easier than it is today. I've got to warn you, it is a large purchase, and it is difficult under any condition.

Question 3:

Pedrom from Hayward asks: I feel like our landlords are not getting maintenance done, such as fixing a simple light bulb. What can I do first?

Answer:
This is a landlords market, and even if it wasn't, they are allowed to be lousy at their jobs. By law, they must keep your rental unit safe. Check in with the Tenants Union and seek their advice for the little things.

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