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What to do if a dealership sells you a damaged vehicle

On Behalf of | Mar 2, 2023 | Dealer Fraud

Auto dealerships provide clients with their dream cars, new and used, and test a couple before purchasing. This makes them convenient places to get vehicles. However, some dealers can sell damaged vehicles using deceptive measures. The Pennsylvania Automobile Lemon Law protects you from such fraudulent dealers.

This guide discusses what to do if a dealership sells you a damaged car.

Call the dealership

If you suspect an auto dealership sold you a car by lying or not disclosing some information, such as its conditions, prior accidents, prior use as a rental car and prior major repairs, you can contact them. Be clear when talking to them. Explain the condition of the vehicle or the information you have discovered.

How they respond can inform you of fraud or misrepresentation. If they refuse to cover the required repairs, replace the car or refund your money, it will be best to consider other options.

Contact a consumer agency

Pennsylvania has state and local consumer agencies that protect residents from fraudulent businesses. Thus, consider contacting them to provide your complaint. Your chosen office might conduct an investigation and file a lawsuit if they discover the dealership violated consumer laws. However, this lawsuit may not help you recover your money. You may need to file another one with professional help.

Gather evidence

You need evidence to prove your claim. In most cases, you may need to prove the dealer owes a duty to disclose the car’s material information, knows the information they didn’t disclose and knows you relied on that information to make a purchase decision. Gather the paperwork you signed when buying the car and any other necessary evidence.

Unfair practices happen in car dealerships. If you believe a dealer scammed you, it will help to learn more about your case to make the right moves.     


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