What can you do if you suspect auto dealer fraud?

| Feb 19, 2021 | Auto Dealer Fraud

Is your recently purchased used car already causing problems? It may have faulty components that were not disclosed at the time of purchase, the auto dealer may have failed to disclose it was involved in a prior accident or the dealer could even have been tampered with the vehicle. If you suspect you have been the victim of auto dealer fraud in Connecticut, there are some steps you can take to protect your interests.

Step 1: Contact the dealer

In some states, you need to contact the auto dealer and give them the chance to remedy the problem before you can file a legal claim against them. Such contact should be in writing, should clearly outline the problem and should outline what type of remedy you are seeking, for example, a partial refund of the purchase price.

Step 2: File a state agency complaint

If you suspect auto dealer fraud is an issue in your case, you can file a complaint with the appropriate state agency that protects the rights of those who purchase automobiles. Depending on the state this may be a consumer protection division of the state attorney general’s office, or it may be a specific agency all its own.

Step 3: Contact an attorney

If you suspect you are the victim of auto dealer fraud, and contacting the dealer did not resolve the problem, you may want to seek legal advice. An attorney can explain your rights and options given your unique set of circumstances. Sometimes this may mean filing a legal claim against the auto dealer.

Learn more about auto dealer fraud claims

Purchasing a car is exciting, and driving is a necessity for many in Connecticut. Moreover, cars cost a lot of money. We expect a car that we purchase will be in good repair, but sometimes a new car actually needs significant costly repairs. If you feel you have been the victim of auto dealer fraud we encourage you to explore our firm’s website to learn more about your rights and options.