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Auto dealer fraud can revolve around financing

On Behalf of | Sep 27, 2022 | Dealer Fraud

Buyers go to vehicle dealerships with the expectation that they’ll be provided accurate information about the vehicle they’re buying. While many might be focused on the vehicle they’re going to purchase, they might think too much about the financing they’ll use. 

Most auto dealerships provide financing for vehicles. Some of these are in-house but others use outside companies to provide the financing. Those companies may provide incentives for the dealership if they get people to use their financing. 

What should you consider when financing a vehicle?

You need to look at all of the financing terms. This includes the interest rate, loan term, fees, and penalties. You also need to consider the monthly payments and how they’ll fit into your budget. 

Ideally, you’ll be able to find a loan that has a low interest rate and a favorable loan term. It isn’t usual now for vehicle loans to span 72 months, which means you should plan on keeping the vehicle for at least six years. 

Because of the potential incentives auto dealerships can receive for buyers using certain financing options, buyers should be very careful. If a deal seems too good to be true, you may need to rethink it. Additionally, you should ensure that everything the financing representative or salesman tells you about the deal is included in the written contract for the auto loan.

In other cases, the issue is that the dealership misrepresents where the financing is going through. The dealership may be the creditor instead of a bank or a reputable credit company. After the sale, the dealership may sell the loan to another servicer with an extreme markup.

Auto dealerships should always provide buyers with accurate information about the purchase. This includes the representation they give you regarding the financing. It’s possible to take legal action if you find out that the dealership fraudulently represented any part of the transaction. 

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