North Laurel is located just down the US-1 corridor from Elkridge in Howard County. The overall city of Laurel, which includes South Laurel, is actually spread out among three different counties. North Laurel is growing fast as people realize the benefits of living halfway between two major metropolitan areas.
In North Laurel, South Laurel, Odenton and College Park, you will find several car dealerships, including Jeep, Nissan and Toyota. Some dishonest sellers in the area will resort to lying, overcharging and auto fraud to enrich themselves at your expense. These frauds include:
- failing to disclose commercial use and rental history on a used car
- odometer fraud
- false online price advertising,
- keeping down payments when financing falls through in spot delivery violations,
- running unauthorized credit checks.
- Forgery in lease and finance contracts.
When you are defrauded by a crooked car dealership, the car dealership fraud attorneys at Whitney, LLP, are here to help. We sue many car dealerships and apply state and federal laws that protect you from this type of conduct. Whitney, LLP’s auto fraud lawyers can often unwind bad deals and recover compensation for misrepresentation.
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.
The Car Dealership Forged My Signature
Forgery is a crime. One of the worst types of auto fraud is when a dealer alters a contract with forged initials and signatures. They will do this to charge you more money by doing things such as raising your interest rate, changing your monthly payment, changing the loan amount.
If your finance or lease contract has monthly payments with different dollar amounts than what you agreed to, or different interest rates, call us. We have experience suing car dealerships for forgery and fraud, and recovering compensation.
In a recent case, Whitney, LLP’s consumer lawyers recovered $50,000 in an alleged forgery and fraud case involving a new Hyundai purchased at Sheehy Hyundai in Waldorf. Of course, prior results are not a guarantee of future results, and all cases are different.
Car Dealer Schemes in North Laurel, MD
There are a number of ways that a dishonest North Laurel, Elkridge or South Laurel car dealer may use misrepresentation to take their customers’ money. By hiring Whitney, LLP’s auto fraud attorneys to sue a car dealership, you can hold a seller legally accountable for his or her lies, with no out of pocket fees or expenses.
There is no one standard way of overcharging. One form of auto fraud is odometer fraud. Tampering with the odometer to make the car seem newer is both a felony and grounds for suing a car dealership.
Another trick is false online price advertising where dealers are lying about the price or features of the car. When the customer arrives at the dealership, the price increases.
Another game is getting you to drive the car home without financing being approved. When the dealer tells you that financing is not approved, they try to make you sign a contract with a higher price, higher down payment, or higher interest rate. This is called yo-yo’ing, or a spot delivery violation, and is illegal. Or, the dealer refuses to return your down payment when financing is not approved. Maryland requires the down payment to be returned right away when financing is not approved.
Some dealers will even run a credit check on you without your permission. Federal law prohibits this, and when you hire a lawyer to sue a car dealership, you can actually be paid for the damage that the dealer did to your credit.
Whitney, LLP’s lawyers use Maryland and federal law to protect you from dealer lying and schemes.
Car Dealership Fraud Attorney Near Me in North Laurel, MD
The attorneys at Whitney, LLP, know Maryland car dealers and the games that they play to line their pockets at your expenses. Dealers know that we mean business, and we will fight hard for our clients.
Do not let a car dealer get away with ripping you off. Call us at (410) 583-8000 or use our Online Contact Form to schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney.