Posted: Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Have you been lured into purchasing a particular
automobile by the sales pitch of the salesman? It is not uncommon
for a car salesperson to misrepresent a particular product, or hide
information about the product, in order to induce you to buy; in
doing so your rights may have been violated.
Most states have a consumer fraud
act or follow a uniform deceptive acts and practices code. Many of
these require that there was either a misrepresentation or
concealment of a material fact that you relied upon when making the
decision to buy. Some laws also require that the reliance on the
misrepresented or concealed fact be reasonable. In addition, most
statutes require that you show that you have been damaged by the
fraud or you did not receive the benefit of the bargain. Finally,
most statutes provide that if you are successful in bringing a suit
you may recover attorney's fees as well.
Have You Been the Victim of
Fraud? If you feel that you are a victim of fraud,
please call our office for a free consultation. Below the examples
of the more common cases of fraud; if you can relate to any of
these or have stories of your own, please give my office a
- Misrepresenting or concealing the fact that the vehicle had
been damaged or had been in an accident.
- Misrepresenting or concealing the ownership history to hide the
fact that the vehicle was previously a rent-a-car.
- Concealing that the vehicle was previously a rebuilt wreck, or
was considered a total loss in a prior accident.
- Misrepresenting the actual mileage on the odometer.
- Forging or altering the loan documents to alter financing
- Misrepresenting financing terms or that you were financed when
you were not.
Due to floods and storms throughout the Midwest this past
spring, many vehicles were flooded. Ultimately, some of these
vehicles are placed back into the marketplace without disclosure
that the vehicle had been underwater. If your vehicle exhibits
evidence of water damage such as mold, odd odors, rust under the
carpets or in some of the corners of the vehicle, we can help.
There are many ways you can find out if you are a victim of a
fraud; check some of the on-line databases that provide histories
of vehicles (www.carfax.com
There are laws that protect you as a consumer; if you feel that you
have been taken advantage of, please call our office
for a free consultation of your case.