For most Philadelphia residents, a car purchase is one of the largest transactions they will ever take part in. A lot of money is involved, and for many people, a vehicle is absolutely crucial to holding a job and performing essential household tasks. So it is important that the purchase be a sound one.
But what happens when the seller is deceptive or outright dishonest? A transaction that might initially appear to be sound can become one that hurts the consumer.
The Federal Trade Commission says on its website that it is important that consumers get fair deals, but that certain unscrupulous car dealers will use dishonest tactics to unload damaged vehicles or lure buyers into contracts skewed unfairly and illegally in the seller's favor.
There are a number of deceitful schemes used by bad car dealers:
- Deceptive advertising claims: leases that are dishonestly described as sales; misleading statements about down payments or monthly installments; false statements about mileage
- Extended service contracts sold as "warranties"
- Deceptive statements about a used vehicle's condition and needed repairs; failing to disclose damage to a vehicle
What many consumers don't realize is that there is a way to effectively fight back against this kind of car dealer manipulation and fraud. With the help of a consumer protection attorney experienced in auto dealer fraud, consumers can pursue litigation that can result in compensation for your damages. Plus, legal representation is on a contingency fee basis so that there are no attorney fees if you do not receive compensation.