Man accused of dealer fraud for selling defective used cars

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When shopping for a used car, many people in California have fears and concerns. Buying a pre-owned vehicle often means taking on damage or defects with which the previous owner no longer wanted to hassle. Consumers count on the knowledge and forthrightness of a dealer to help them obtain a car they can afford that will be safe and not cost them a fortune in repairs. Unfortunately for car buyers in another state, the owner of one establishment used car dealer fraud to rip off his customers.

The dealer advertises that his used cars pass a 92-point inspection and a 20 minute test drive before they are offered for sale. The dealer claims his mechanics make about $1,500 worth of repairs on each car. This may be important considering the average car the dealer purchases for resale has over 100,000 miles on it. However, a lawsuit filed by the attorney general of that state claims that, in addition to committing fraud to qualify buyers for unmanageable loans, the dealer sold many cars with defects that required the new owners to pay for expensive repairs.

In fact, the attorney general's lawsuit alleges that the dealer offers his mechanics bonuses if they cut corners to save money on repairs before putting cars on the lot. Reports reveal that 42 percent of the dealer's customers end up paying for major repairs on cars they purchased. These repairs include engine breakdowns, electrical problems, transmissions and brakes.

Dealers like this one are not rare, and many consumers in California have faced the burden of making costly repairs to a newly-purchased used car. Car buyers who are victims of dealer fraud may feel they have no recourse but to pay for the repairs and drive the lemon, often while making outrageous monthly payments on a loan. To seek justice, many turn to an attorney for assistance. An attorney with experience in vehicle fraud and knowledge of auto mechanics will offer strong advocacy.

Source:, "Lawsuit claims car dealer preyed on consumers, sells poor product", Bernadette Darcy, Oct. 5, 2017

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