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Why car dealers sell vehicles they know are damaged

On Behalf of | Apr 4, 2018 | Blog

Many car dealerships claim to prioritize customer satisfaction, but what really motivates those sales? Unfortunately, many hard-working people are purchasing vehicles that are not in their best interest. This is a constant problem that leaves buyers seeking legal restitution for a downward investment based on misleading claims. So, why does this continue to happen?

Sales incentives

Everyone needs to earn money but not at the expense of personal and professional integrity. The sales incentives designed by car dealerships pay structure often rewards sales, not honesty. There could be any type of sales incentive that consumers are not aware of. For example, there could be a vacation or end-of-the month sales bonus for the amount or style of vehicles sold.

Customer ignorance

Dealerships oftentimes count on the ignorance of customers who stroll in during a busy weekend or who are just looking around. Those who lack the knowledge that comes with doing their homework beforehand are easy targets to mislead and pressure into an emotional purchase. Car salesmen are driven to sell and the less you know as a consumer, the easier it is to do this. The fewer questions you are going to ask and the more trust you’re likely to give the “expert” to help you make a decision.

Additional sales

Another motive to sell a customer a damaged vehicle is the opportunity to sell you another one. Dealers often want to earn your trust and be the “go-to person” for vehicle purchases for family and friends and any acquaintance in your life network. They want to be the person recommended for future sales opportunities. If a car is found to be damaged, a dealer may try to evade the fault and preserve your trust.

Consumer protection laws help many victims of car fraud. These laws and regulations exist to bring accountability to dishonest sellers and defend the rights of the buyer. Thankfully, there are also many legal resources to support consumers from getting stuck with a bad vehicle purchase.

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