Auto fraud encompasses a wide variety of illegal practices and dealership scams that hurt consumers. Fraudulent dealership practices cost consumers just like you millions of dollars in unnecessary repair fees each year. Both new and used car fraud is on the rise as more vehicles are being sold by dealerships while the nation overcomes the most recent recession, and Max Hunter Story, PA, Consumer Justice Law Firm is helping consumers fight back.
Unfortunately, car dealer fraud is not usually detected until the damage has been done, and the buyer has already spent too much time and money trying to figure out what is wrong with their vehicle. Car Dealership fraud is often well documented, and well planned by the salesmen and loan-departments who are looking to make extra money from a sale.
The most common car dealer scams involve predatory car loans, where the consumer is not given all of the information about the contract they are signing before they drive off the lot. Max Hunter Story, PA., Consumer Justice Law Firm assists clients in getting out of bad contracts and often sues car dealerships in individual and class action lawsuits to uphold justice and refund illegal and fraudulent fees imposed by that dealership.
Dealerships are often legally required to follow strict regulations, but many times they stray from the rules in effort to make more money, charging the consumer much more than they should. Many scams start with really low trade in estimates or bait and switch changes in price of the vehicle, but things can get worse from there.
Material facts, such as the condition or price of the care must be clearly stated in the contract language in order to comply with the regulations set forth by consumer protection laws.
There are many aspects of the contract that often cause confusion for the buyer. Lumping fees together is one tactic that prevents the consumer form being able to see exactly what they are paying for. The same applies when dealerships must provide one document, rather than many, to the buyer to keep the process as clear and simple as possible. Backdated contracts, selling used cars as new, not disclosing certified defective vehicles (also known as a "lemon" car) or not honoring the 10 day cancellation policy can result in the consumer being stuck with a care that will cost them much more money in the long run.
If you have any concerns that you may be a victim of dealers tacking on illegal fees under false pretenses like "government fees" - contact our office today for a free phone consult to see if you have a case of auto consumer fraud.