At Diwan Law, we take consumer rights violations very seriously and work with individuals throughout Atlanta and the surrounding communities who have been victims of used car dealer fraud.
Used Car Dealer Fraud
Buying a used car in Georgia can be a great and exhilarating experience, but it can quickly turn into a headache if it turns out that the car dealer acted fraudulently. Fortunately, state and federal laws protect consumers from dealerships that take advantage of their customers.
Car purchases and leases are complicated transactions with which most Atlanta consumers have little experience. They involve Georgia titling and registration laws, trade-ins, financing, leasing, insurance, options, and other fees. Car dealers are well-versed in these transactions and sometimes take advantage of consumers.
A surprising number of Georgia new and used car sales involve auto dealer fraud, deception, and unfair business practices.
Common Auto Dealer Scams
|Odometer Fraud: is a type of auto sales fraud that involves manipulating the odometer, so that it shows a number that is less than the actual mileage of the automobile.|
“Yo-Yo Financing”: allowing a customer to leave the dealership with a vehicle under the mistaken belief that a loan application is approved and then having the consumer return to sign for a different, more expensive loan; and backdating new financing documents to the original purchase date.
|Auto Fraud Involving Wrecked & Salvaged Autos: Used car dealers sell used cars that have been wrecked or salvaged without disclosing this to the buyer. If a car is in a wreck, even if it is adequately repaired, the automobile is worthless, and any equity the consumer had in the vehicle is gone.|
“Bait and Switch” scheme: Advertising a vehicle for a specific amount and then telling consumers that the published deal is no longer being offered and offering to sell the consumer the same car at an increased price.
Most times, customers would not have purchased the vehicle had the used car dealer not made representations about the mileage or quality and condition. The used auto dealer’s failure to disclose the condition of the car is a direct violation of the Georgia Fair Business Practices Act.
If this happens to you, under Georgia and Federal laws, you may be entitled to recover damages and compensation from the used car dealer.
If you have been a victim of car dealer fraud or car repair fraud, Diwan Law may be able to help.
Contact an experienced Atlanta Used Car Dealer Fraud Attorney, 404-635-6883, to discuss your case.