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Why Does the State Tolerate Auto Dealer Fraud?

serious woman making phone call-thumb-350x233-68561.jpgThe most frequently asked question that we hear from consumers who have been victimized by Auto Dealer Fraud is "How Do They Get Away With It?". We regularly see examples of auto dealers committing fraud, forgery, odometer violations, and the sale of dangerous cars. We also see many examples of credit application fraud by dealers. Many consumers go to on-line review sites after they experience a problem, and they realize that the dealership did the same thing to many other consumers. 

Games Dealers Play: Should Consumers Buy GAP Protection?

GAP protection covers the scenario where a motor vehicle is totaled in an accident or stolen and not recovered. Insurance will pay for the retail value of the car minus the deductible. If that is not enough to pay the car loan, the consumer is responsible for the difference. If a consumer has GAP protection, they theoretically will not have to pay that difference (but, read on - many consumers learn that they do not have the protection that they think that they have). The term "GAP", which evokes the image of a gap between the insurance payout and the outstanding loan balance, is sometimes used as an acronym for product names such as "Guaranteed Asset Protection" or "Guaranteed Auto Protection".

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