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Stopping Auto Dealer Fraud With One Phone Call

Thumbnail image for serious woman making phone call.jpgWe frequently meet with new clients who are victims of auto dealer fraud. Many of them have done on-line research about the dealership before they meet with us, and they have discovered that many other consumers have also been ripped-off. Unfortunately, they didn't do that research before they shopped for a car.

Stopping Auto Dealer Fraud With One Phone Call

Thumbnail image for serious woman making phone call.jpgWe frequently meet with new clients who are victims of auto dealer fraud. Many of them have done on-line research about the dealership before they meet with us, and they have discovered that many other consumers have also been ripped-off. Unfortunately, they didn't do that research before they shopped for a car.

Games Dealers Play: Scratch and Win Mailing Scams

Scratch Ticket.jpgOne particularly nasty scam favored by many car dealerships is the "Scratch and Win" promotion. In this scam, the dealer mails cards resembling instant lottery tickets to consumers. The consumer scratches the ticket and, not having fully understood the confusing and obscure disclaimers on the ticket, believes that they have won a big prize. The consumer must go to the dealership to collect the prize.

Car Dealer Found to Commit Auto Dealer Fraud

A Connecticut judge has issued a decision finding that A Better Way Wholesale Autos of Naugatuck, Connecticut engaged in unfair trade practices and committed auto dealer fraud when it refused to refund a deposit to an Manchester woman. The court awarded her a refund of her $2,500 deposit plus punitive damages of $7,500. The dealership is also responsible to pay the consumer's attorney's fees.

Games Dealers Play: Come Back in Six Months

Some car dealerships routinely make promises that they know cannot be kept. "Come back in six months" they say, "Your credit will be better and we can get you a lower payment."

Games Dealers Play: Credit Application Fraud

All too often, consumers come home from a dealership and realize that they cannot make their new car payments. They often wonder how they could possibly have been approved for a loan that they could not afford. Most often, they are victims of credit application fraud.

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