Common forms of auto dealer fraud 

On Behalf of | Nov 16, 2022 | Lemon Law |

Purchasing a new vehicle is a huge commitment, and it’s vital that you get a fair deal. Most auto dealers will be upfront with you but there are some who do not act this way. 

It’s important to recognize the more common types of auto dealer fraud so that you can be prepared. Outlined below are a few things to consider. 

Hiding important details 

Before purchasing a car, it’s always best to carry out due diligence. You can run online checks or even ask the dealer for a vehicle service history. They have a legal duty to be honest about the condition of the vehicle. Unfortunately, fraudulent dealers do sometimes go out of their way to hide the fact that a vehicle has been in a crash. Not only is this unlawful, but it could place you in serious danger. 

Financial dishonesty 

Auto dealers also have a legal duty to conduct their sales in good faith. For instance, if you are purchasing the vehicle on the condition that you pay it off monthly, the dealer cannot falsely claim that your credit score is low and consequently give you an unfavorable deal. 

Once both parties have agreed to the terms of a vehicle sale, this is legally binding. A dealer cannot add on extra costs without informing you and giving you a chance to accept or reject these terms. Adding extra costs without your consent could amount to auto dealer fraud

If you’ve been sold a lemon or a dealer has acted in bad faith, then you do have a host of legal options available. Seeking some legal guidance will help you to obtain justice.