Purchasing a used vehicle is often a milestone, especially for those who have been struggling to get their lives back on track. Having a vehicle means no longer having to rely on public transportation or friends for rides to work and for running errands. Taking on the burden of gas, insurance and maintenance can be a challenge, but if the car is in good condition, a California consumer may find he or she is able to manage the monthly payments. However, problems arise when an unsuspecting car buyer is the victim of dealer fraud.
When a defect in a motor vehicle leads to the injury or death of a child, parents and community members understandably rush to find a reason. In some cases, dealer fraud is the reason a vehicle is sold with a defect. However, California consumers may be interested in knowing how much responsibility a used car dealer has in making repairs for autos under recall notice. A community in another state learned this information following a tragic accident that resulted in a child's death.
Purchasing a used vehicle is always a risk, especially when the dealer offers no warranty. Even a vehicle that looks clean and sound and operates well on a test drive may have hidden defects that do not show up until after the California consumer has driven it for a while. One woman in another state fell victim to dealer fraud after purchasing a truck "as is." Without a warranty, she had no option but to take her complaint to civil court.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.