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Is it legal for BMW owners to enable heated car seats without paying the subscription fee?

There are limits to what you are allowed to modify on your car. Federal safety regulations require certain features to be installed by the manufacturer, and to be maintained by the owner in a state ...
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is there a limit of speed cops can go on a high speed pursuit?

Here's the relevant statute for Virginia, 46.2-920 A. The driver of any emergency vehicle, when such vehicle is being used in the performance of public services, and when such vehicle is operated ...
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Renting a car and liability

The law with regard to this issue varies from one place to another. Most jurisdictions do not impose liability for car accidents caused by human error on the owner of the car automatically, unless the ...
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Is it legal for BMW owners to enable heated car seats without paying the subscription fee?

One sense in which it might be illegal is, it may be a violation of copyright law by circumventing access-protection measures. You stipulate that this can be done without modifying the software, but ...
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Renting a vehicle and grand theft auto

united-states In Colorado, the relevant statute states: (1) A person commits theft when he or she knowingly . . . retains, or exercises control over anything of value of another without authorization ...
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What happens if an insurance company does not mention a critical clause of a policy during a telephone purchase?

In any sane jurisdiction, the clause would hold. By and large, the legal fiction is that one has read and agreed to execute the entirety of the contracts they signed. If it was otherwise, no contract ...
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What happens if an insurance company does not mention a critical clause of a policy during a telephone purchase?

Aside from what others have mentioned, there are a few more barriers to you making a successful claim due to not having been able to read the contract yet. First is what is reasonable and customary in ...
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is there a limit of speed cops can go on a high speed pursuit?

The speed limit for the road OR if it is reasonable in the circumstances that the speed limit should not apply, as fast as the driver, acting reasonably, determines australia The relevant provisions ...
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When do I own a car (private sale)

It appears that title changes when both the seller and the buyer sign the reverse side of the vehicle registration certificate. While a vehicle registration with the government is prima facie evidence ...
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What happens if an insurance company does not mention a critical clause of a policy during a telephone purchase?

washington The nature of your insurance contract is spelled out in the written policy which you will by law receive in a timely fashion. There is no specific burden on the insurance company to recite ...
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Car for rent and drugs

Both the police and the courts are likely to look at the situation as a whole, rather than adopting any policy specifically in relation to drivers or owners. For example, it's unusual for people to ...
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Who is accountable if a truly driverless car hits and kills a person?

the cause of the car accident is indeterminable by experts As for the law, it's the jury that makes the determination, not the experts. The lawyers for each side orchestrate the arguments to the ...
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Arrested for unauthorized use of vehicle

Nothing happens to the case. The case is prosecuted by the government, not by the car dealership. You committed the crime. The witnesses to the crime can be called even if they no longer work for the ...
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After I paid deposit and booked the car, dealer sold it without notifying me

It's right in the contract In the event I fail to take delivery of the vehicle purchased by me within forty-eight (48) hours after I have been notified by you that it is ready for delivery and pay ...
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Toronto - legal to fix car in home garage?

Check zoning law What is and is not permitted on a given parcel of land will be spelled out there. Most “industrial” uses are prohibited in residential zones but restoring a single car as a hobby may ...
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Toronto - legal to fix car in home garage?

It could be. You would have to check the specific address here, although not all properties are covered by By-Law 569-2013. This will give you the allowed uses. Picking a random residential-looking ...
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Who is at fault right turn into u turner?

Clearly the other car had been stopped on the wrong side of the road, and pulled out without indicating. However, they were on the major road which you were turning right onto, and they had their ...
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When does a "range extender" become a "hybrid"?

California (technically states that follow California emissions) "Range Extended Battery Electric Vehicle" or "BEVx" means a vehicle powered predominantly by a zero emission energy ...
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How are damages calculated if replacement requires purchase of unnecessary parts?

General the measure of property damages in an automobile accident lawsuit in the United States is the minimum amount of money necessary to restore the vehicle to its pre-accident state, and/or the ...
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Renting a car and liability

You don’t mention the country. In Germany, third party liability for car insurance covers the driver, not the owner of the car or the person paying the insurance. So a German car insurance would pay ...
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What does the law say about the standard of cosmetic repair for a car scratch?

When you damage someone’s property, you are liable to restore it to the state that it was in before as far as practicable What is an acceptable restoration is a matter for the parties to agree or, ...
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Housemate's car backed into garage when remote started - who's at fault?

In this situation, one sues everybody with some reasonable connection to the incident, in the hope that the plaintiff will be fully compensated for the loss. The jury might find that the car owner was ...
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How can I sign and notarize a Power of Attorney written in the US when I live abroad?

Will a business (e.g. dealer) in Tennessee (or even another US-state) recognize a POA that was: Emailed to me Signed before a German notary Physically mailed back to the US? Yes, although an ...
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What is the appropriate way to initiate a money claim if the defendant will not provide an address?

Use the vehicle registration number plate to request information about a vehicles registered keeper from DVLA. Since setting this in motion doesn't adversely affect anything else it's worth doing ...
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Renting a car to a friend

This is tricky. In the UK, your "normal" car insurance covers private usage. That includes driving to work, driving on a private holiday to southern spain, lending your car to a friend who ...
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Who Should Be Guilty For An Accident By An Self-Driving Car

One way to think about it is that the self-driving feature is just like any other feature of the car. Suppose you set the parking brake of your car, but it still rolled down the hill and struck ...
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Renting a car and liability

In most countries/states the owner of the automobile is required to have third-party liability coverage in the form of insurance or other approved means (bonded self-insurance, deposit). A contract ...
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Who is accountable if a truly driverless car hits and kills a person?

Why does anyone go to jail? There are such things as pure accidents where no one is responsible. For example, a driver who collides with a pedestrian during a sneezing fit is not responsible for the ...
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