Many potential clients contact us after being told by a dealership that their old car had been in an accident and that they can't take it as a trade-in. Sometimes, this is true:many vehicles offered for sale at car dealerships that are not safe to be driven because of prior wreck damage that was never properly repaired. But, sometimes the dealership is being dishonest. This is one of the Games Dealers Play: Badmouthing the Trade-In.
Some car dealerships will take advantage of inexperienced consumers by overcharging them for their cars. A little advance research can help to avoid being taken advantage of when car shopping.
Carfax has done a great job of marketing itself to car dealers and consumers. And, Carfax can be a helpful tool in researching the history of a used car. But, many consumers believe that a clean report means that a car has a trouble-free history. That is not necessarily the case, and relying on a Carfax report can be a big mistake.
This is the eighth of nine articles in our Blog Series Is Leasing Really Fleecing? In our previous segments, we discussed many of the disadvantages of leasing. These disadvantages include the higher costs, the high and sometimes surprising end of lease charges, and some of the pitfalls of leasing, including the high cost of early termination. We also discussed how customers who lease may be more vulnerable to unfair car dealer practices. This article will answer the question of whether it is ever advantageous to lease.
This is the fifth of nine articles in our Blog Series Is Leasing Really Fleecing?
This is the third of nine articles in our Blog Series Is Leasing Really Fleecing?
CLG In the News: Managing Attorney Dan Blinn was recently interviewed about the pitfalls of buying a car for a new online series called "Your Money CONNection." To see the series, which also includes interviews with various experts on topics such as investing for college, buying a home, mortgages, credit reports and credit scores, student loans, wage and salary issues, bankruptcy and more, sign up using this link. The program, whch is sponsored by Attorney Sarah Poriss, is free and available to all Connecticut residents.
One way to avoid becoming a victim of auto dealer fraud is to conduct on-line research before car shopping. While positive reviews will not guarantee a good car-buying experience, consumers can frequently avoid the worst dealerships by checking their reputation in advance.