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The Threat of Financial Scams for Servicemembers and Veterans

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The Threat of Financial Scams for Servicemembers and Veterans

On Veterans Day, we often think of the enormous challenges faced by American servicemembers: the grueling physical tests of training and operations; the pain of time away from loved ones; and the risk of physical danger in deployment overseas. One less-discussed challenge of military service is the unique vulnerability servicemembers and veterans can face to scams in the financial marketplace.

The Bus Not Taken: How Easy Auto Loans Reinforced Car Dependence and Killed Transit Ridership

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The Bus Not Taken: How Easy Auto Loans Reinforced Car Dependence and Killed Transit Ridership

In the years since the Great Recession, a torrent of cheap and easy credit has washed over car showrooms and used car lots. Many have compared this recent free-for-all in the subprime auto market to the housing market right before the 2007 collapse of the housing bubble. But few have talked – until now – about the effect this influx of cheap money has had on Americans’ transportation choices.

Buying a Used Car? Look Out for Dangerous Recalls.

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Buying a Used Car? Look Out for Dangerous Recalls.

If driving around in a vehicle with dangerous, defective parts is something you’d like to avoid, then next time you’re buying a used car – look out. Because the reality is that many used cars available for sale – including at the nation’s biggest used car dealer, CarMax – contain just such defective parts. In our new survey of vehicles for sale at eight CarMax locations in three states, we found that more than one in four vehicles contained unrepaired defective parts that had been recalled for presenting safety issues, including the problems listed above.

Older Consumers Have an Important Ally in the Consumer Bureau

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Older Consumers Have an Important Ally in the Consumer Bureau

The findings of our new report, Older Consumers in the Financial Marketplace, suggest that mistreatment of older consumers by financial companies is widespread – but also that older consumers would be worse off, and more vulnerable to predatory companies, if not for the work of the Consumer Bureau.

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