Home to the Laurel Park Race Course, South Laurel, Maryland, is adjacent to Bowie and College Park and near Beltsville, Maryland City, Calverton and Ammendale. In fact, South Laurel is actually spread across three different counties. Car dealers in the area sell Fords, Hyundais, and many other new and used makes and models.
Dishonest dealers in the area might engage in a variety of different tactics that are far worse than just poor business practices. Their dishonest schemes may even rise to the level of fraud. When that happens, you need a lawyer to sue a car dealership. The schemes could include forgery, odometer fraud, false online advertising, spot delivery violations, keeping down payments, hiding damage and accidents, and running credit checks without permission. The auto fraud lawyers at Whitney, LLP can help you sue the dealership and recover compensation when you have been on the receiving end of any one of these tactics.
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Forgery at Dealerships in South Laurel, MD
Forgery at car dealerships is rampant across Maryland. Dealers that commit forgery are the worst, and look to victimize unsuspecting car buyers after the deal is done for the purpose of gaining an additional profit.
An extreme instance of fraud is when a dealer engages in forgery to change a contract that you already signed. This manner of fraud and overcharging involves forging a signature or using forged initials to alter and put different amounts or terms in a forged sales, finance or lease contract to charge you more by making the interest rate, monthly payment or total loan amount higher or lower than what you agreed to.
Dealers also forge signatures in order to steal customer payments for after-market products such as GAP Insurance or an extended warranty. When the customer goes to make a claim, they find out that the coverage was never purchased because the dealer kept the payment.
When dealers forge signatures, Whitney, LLP’s attorneys help buyers sue the dealership and recover compensation.
Fraud at South Laurel, MD, Car Dealerships
Dishonest car dealers in South Laurel and surrounding areas like College Park and Odenton use a variety of misrepresentation tactics to get you to buy their car at their price. One type that they may rely on is odometer fraud. This is when they roll back or otherwise tamper with the odometer to hide the high number of miles on the car and change the mileage to show a lower number.
Dealers may also engage in false online price advertising. They are obligated to sell you the car at the price that they list online and cannot make any misstatements about the car in their advertising, or charge extra fees once you show up at the dealership ready to pay the price you saw online.
South Laurel, Bowie and College Park car dealers also use a variety of tricks to get you to drive off the lot with their car before financing is approved. Then, they eventually tell you that financing was not approved, and try to charge a higher price with different terms, or try to keep your down payment while telling you to return the car to the dealership. Maryland’s Spot Delivery law requires dealers to give written notice within 4 days after a customer takes delivery if financing has not been approved. However, many dealers do not comply, and tell customers that they are keeping the down payment due to the customer driving it. Dealers must promptly return down payments, and if not, are in violation of Maryland law.
Whitney, LLP’s spot delivery lawyers help car buyers get their down payment back when the dealer tries to keep or steal with when financing is not approved.
Another thing that car dealers do that is grounds for suing a car dealership is running a credit check without permission. This is a violation of federal law when they do a hard credit pull without getting permission. Whitney, LLP can help car buyers remove credit inquiries when credit was run without permission.
Dealers have all sorts of ways that they are overcharging you for new and used cars. Any type of misrepresentation or overcharging can be cause for you to get a lawyer to sue a car dealership and bring a claim to recover compensation.
Lawyers for Car Dealer Misrepresentation in South Laurel, MD
Many customers hesitate when it comes to suing a car dealership. They think that the dealer always has the upper hand because the dealer is large and often aggressive. The lawyers at Whitney LLP are your equalizers when you have been taken advantage of by a lying dealer who has ripped you off and committed fraud.
When you need a lawyer to sue a car dealership, call Whitney, LLP. Our auto fraud attorneys have experience successfully suing car dealerships and recovering compensation. Contact us online, or call us today at (410) 583-8000 to request your free initial consultation.
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