Many people in Anne Arundel County live in and around Arnold, Severna Park and Crofton. They may purchase new and used cars from car dealerships that are in the Arnold, Annapolis and Pasadena area. Some of these car dealers will give you a good deal and exemplary service.
However, dishonest dealers cheat customers by:
- odometer tampering,
- spot delivery violations,
- false online price advertising,
- failing to disclose a used car’s commercial use history,
- running credit checks without permission, and
- keeping down payments when financing is not approved.
The lawyers at Whitney LLP represent car buyers. We help consumers unwind bad deals and recover compensation for unfair practices, often by suing car dealerships.
Here are reviews from what some of our past clients have said about us, and here are some of our past settlement results in claims and lawsuits against car dealerships. We offer legal consultations. Call us at (410) 583-8000 or use our online form to request your free initial consultation today.
Car Dealer Forgery in Arnold, MD
When it comes to suing a car dealership, there is a difference between overcharging for extra features and outright forgery to get more money from you. This is a special class of corruption that the law may punish even more than the usual misrepresentation.
Red flags for car contract forgery include:
- monthly payment, interest rate or loan amount is different, either higher or lower, than agreed to at the dealership;
- monthly payment is due on a different date than you agreed; and
- coverage you paid for, such as GAP or an extended warranty, is not available when you make a claim.
Whitney, LLP’s auto fraud lawyers have experience helping car buyers who were the victims of forgery and fraud.
Car Dealership Fraud in Arnold, MD
You will probably want a lawyer to sue a car dealership when dealers pull any kind of scam or scheme on you that enriches themselves at your expense. Auto fraud can take on a number of different forms beyond misrepresentation and lying.
One type of fraud that is a federal crime is odometer fraud. The dealer is best off leaving the odometer alone and not trying to tamper with it or otherwise manipulate it because it can land it in hot water.
Moreover, when the dealer makes a statement online about the vehicle, it should be true. While it does not have to tell you every detail about the car in the advertising, no affirmative statements that it makes are allowed to be false.
Another major deception and reason for suing a car dealership is when the dealer engages in yo-yoing, which is also known as spot delivery violation. That is when a car buyer takes delivery of a car before financing is approved. If financing is not approved, the dealership must return your trade-in and your down payment immediately.
Sometimes, Arnold, Annapolis or Pasadena dealers will sell your trade-in before financing is approved, or may ask you for a deposit or additional down payment beyond what is required. When the deal falls through, car buyers have the right to walk away from the deal.
In addition, an overeager car dealer may try to run a credit check on you without your permission.
Overcharging above a low, online price can also be a reason for suing a car dealership when the dealer has been lying or has omitted material facts about the car. However, dealers often will not simply give you the money back. That is why you often need a lawyer to sue a car dealership.
Sometimes, lawsuits are the only language to which dealers respond after giving you the runaround.
Car Dealership Fraud Lawyer in Arnold, MD
The moment you realize that the dealer has committed auto fraud, you may feel embarrassed and hurt. However, you can turn that anger into action when you call Whitney, LLP’s auto fraud lawyers.
Whitney, LLP knows how to fight back, unwind bad deals, and recover compensation. We may not be able to stop them from lying, but we can fight to get your money back. Call Whitney, LLP, today at (410) 583-8000, or fill out our online form to request your free initial consultation.