Located right across the city limits of Baltimore, Pikesville is a suburban area with a high standard of living. When many Baltimore residents thought of moving to suburbia, they went to Pikesville and surrounding areas like Owings Mills, Randallstown and Towson. Pikesville was one of the first settled areas outside of Baltimore City. Today, 33,000 residents call Pikesville home.
Numerous new and used auto dealerships down Reisterstown Road also call Pikesville home, including Subaru, Honda, Mercedes, BMW and Mazda. While there are some honest Maryland car dealerships, many are not, and there are auto salespeople and finance managers with questionable ethics who engage in practices such as misrepresentation, overcharging and lying.
You may find yourself the victim of forgery, failing to disclose that a car used to be a rental car, odometer schemes, keeping and not paying GAP and extended warranty premiums, false online price advertising, spot delivery schemes involving a dealer keeping a down payment when financing was not approved, or credit checks without your permission. When that happens, you will likely need a lawyer to fight for you and sue the car dealership. When you have been deceived and cheated, and are considering suing a car dealership, the car dealership fraud attorneys at Whitney, LLP can help. We have experience successfully representing buyers against the largest new and used dealerships in Maryland.
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Car Dealership Forgery in Pikesville, MD
Forgery is alive and well at dishonest car dealerships in Pikesville. Whitney, LLP’s car dealership forgery lawyers have helped many clients who were the victims of forgery, and had their initials and signature forged by a finance manager or salesman.
Red flags of sales, finance or lease contract forgeries include monthly payments being different, either higher or lower than what you agreed to at the dealership, the interest rate also being different, usually higher than what you agreed to at the dealership, and the amount financed and the amount of your loan being higher or lower than what you agreed to. If any of these things happened to you, Whitney, LLP’s auto fraud attorneys can help recover compensation for you.
When a dealer uses forged signatures or initials to change the terms of your sale and financing, they can be held accountable for their actions. Ultimately, forging a sales contract can open up the Pikesville, Owings Mills, Randallstown or Towson car dealership to a whole range of legal penalties, and you have legal rights that Whitney, LLP’s auto fraud lawyers can help you apply.
Lawyer to Sue a Pikesville Car Dealership Near Me
Aside from forging your signature or initials, there are several other common schemes to look out for when purchasing a car. Some of these schemes involve misrepresentation and false advertising. You may, for example, see an online ad for a car that looks like it had a good price. The ad might include a reasonable price, low mileage, and features that you want. However, when you get to the dealership, they increase the price, or may bait and switch you by offering a car at different price point, with a different mileage, or without the features you wanted. They may even try lying to you about the vehicle’s past accidents, salvage history or hidden damage, and some particularly dishonest dealers may manipulate the odometer to commit odometer fraud to display a lower mileage. If a dealer in Pikesville or Randallstown is doing this, Whitney, LLP’s consumer auto fraud attorneys known your legal rights and can help you sue the car dealership.
When your Pikesville or Towson car dealership guides you through the sales process, you may find that they ran a credit check without your consent, which can lower your credit score. You may also give them your down payment and take your car home only to find out later that your financing wasn’t approved. You might be asked to give the car back without getting your down payment back, with the dealership trying to keep and steal your down payment, or charge you for mileage and use of the car, even though financing was not approved. Maryland’s Spot Delivery law has strict requirements, including requiring a dealership to return a down payment and not charge fees when financing is not approved a car needs to be return.
If you find that you’ve been the victim of auto fraud, Whitney, LLP can help.
Car Dealership Fraud Attorneys for Pikesville, MD
At Whitney, LLP, our lawyers have represented many car buyers, and we have heard many client stories about deceptive practices by car dealerships. We have successfully represented car buyers against the largest new and used dealerships in Maryland.
If car dealership fraud has happened to you, Whitney, LLP can help by fighting for your legal rights. Call the attorneys of Whitney, LLP today at (410) 583-8000 to set up your Legal Consultation, or use our Online Quick Contact Form. Watch our YouTube Channel and read our Auto Fraud blog for more information on dealer fraud cases.