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Do dealer fraud protections apply to private car sales?

Shopping for a used car can be challenging, especially for someone who knows little about the workings of a car's major systems. Many in California rely on the advice and promises of used car dealers or the labels that assure a vehicle is certified. However, what guarantees does a consumer have when purchasing a car from a private seller? Do the protections against dealer fraud apply in those situations?

Bait and switch makes customers victims of dealer fraud

Consumers in California are using online sources more often when considering large purchases, such as vehicles. Going to a dealer's website allows them to browse the inventory without pressure, compare vehicles and seek the best prices. More often, dealers are confronted with educated customers who have done their research, know what they want and are not interested in a long afternoon of wandering through the rows of vehicles. This has resulted in an increase in a familiar type of dealer fraud known as bait and switch.

Dealer fraud charges for falsified odometer reading on titles

California consumers may be naturally wary of used car dealers because of the way TV and movies often portray them as dishonest and untrustworthy. Most dealers of previously owned vehicles run honest businesses and strive to win customer loyalty through service and integrity. However, it seems like there are still those car sellers who attempt to take the easy way by using dealer fraud to earn their money.

Common forms of dealer fraud

Buying a used car is always a risk, and California consumers often feel vulnerable when negotiating with dealers. Often, if a car has a defect, the dealer was unaware, and he or she will do whatever possible to correct the situation. However, when car buyers faces dealer fraud, they may be uncertain where to turn for help or how to seek a satisfactory resolution.

Dealers selling flood damaged cars as though they are good as new

You are looking for a quality used car. You head to the dealer and test drive cars. You find a car that meets all your specifications and appears to have been well cared for. The dealer points out that it doesn't have too many miles. What a steal!

Dealer fraud ends in repossession of man's first car

When purchasing a used car, consumers often feel they have to take special precautions to avoid getting ripped off. There are countless ways in which an unscrupulous car dealer can take advantage of someone who has little knowledge about potential defects in a previously owned vehicle. Perhaps no one is more vulnerable to dealer fraud than a first-time car buyer. California consumers may be able to sympathize with the dilemma of one new owner.

Dealer fraud takes advantage of slow Carfax reports

When a Los Angeles consumer needs a car, there are many choices. New or used, what make or model, and what options are some of the considerations a buyer must make. With dozens of car dealers in the city, a person may hope to come across a salesperson who is trustworthy, especially if the buyer is looking for a used car. However, consumers are learning that some car sellers have a slick, new way to commit dealer fraud.

False odometer reading may signal dealer fraud

The odometer reading on a car reveals a lot to a potential buyer. Vehicles that are driven long distances over the course of their lives tend to have major issues with worn components that can lead to expensive repairs and even the replacement of vital engine parts. Some California consumers may find it difficult to obtain financing for a car that has too many miles on it. Certainly, potential customers would be less willing to pay good money if the odometer reading is high, which is why some salespeople resort to dealer fraud to move high-mileage vehicles.

Man accused of dealer fraud for selling defective used cars

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.

Customers face dealer fraud when flooded vehicles hit the market

By now, the images of hurricane-ravaged areas of the country are fading from the memories of many in California. However, the devastation remains, and families in those areas struggle to rebuild their lives and replace belongings lost or destroyed in the storms. One important item many families may quickly replace is the car, especially if it was one of the millions submerged in floodwaters. Unfortunately, through dealer fraud, many of those cars end up in the garages of unsuspecting car purchasers.

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