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Common examples of auto dealer fraud

On Behalf of | Dec 13, 2022 | Dealer Fraud

Whether you are going for a brand-new model or purchasing a second-hand car, they are both significant investments. When you’re potentially parting with such large amounts of cash, those who are selling a vehicle owe you a legal duty of care. They must act in good faith and not conceal pertinent information from you, such as if the car has previously been involved in an accident.

The state of Pennsylvania has regulations that protect you from auto dealer fraud. Outlined below are some key examples of fraudulent behavior that you are protected from under the law.

Being charged for unwanted extras

Auto dealers typically work on a commission basis, which means they are incentivized to sell to you. Still, they have to be honest when they do this. They can be charming and helpful but not deceptive. If you agree upon a price, then this should be the price that you pay.

Sometimes, sellers will try to make the deal sweeter by offering an extended warranty, free upgrades and other add-ons. If they are advertised to you as free, then you should not be charged for them. Unfortunately, some consumers return home to find out that they have been overcharged for a lot of extras they never asked for.

Dishonesty about the car’s history

Buying a used vehicle can save you some money, and you can still get something nice that will last for years. Nonetheless, buying a used car is only a good deal if the seller has been open and honest. Sellers in Pennsylvania have a legal duty to inform you if the car has previously been flooded or in any kind of accident in the past.

It can be extremely disappointing to find out you’ve been overcharged or sold a defective vehicle. It can also cost you a lot of money. You can find out if you can recoup some of this by getting legal guidance on auto dealer fraud in Pennsylvania.

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