HOW TO

Protect yourself against auto fraud

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We help consumers who have been lied to and cheated by car dealers.

Lemon law

The lemon law may entitle a buyer to a refund or replacement if a new car
  1. Needs to be repaired more than four times for the same problem;
  2. More than once for a steering or braking issue; or
  3. Has been out of commission for a total of more than 30 days
    for repairs.

If you sue under the lemon law and win, you may recover your attorney’s fees.

Rebuilt wreck

Once a car has been in a major accident, it may never be as safe to drive as it once was. Some car dealers try to cover up evidence of a wreck so that they can charge more for a bad car. We may be able to help you get your money back or be reimbursed for the necessary repairs. The car dealer may also have to pay your lawyer’s fees if you win.

Rolled back odometer

Federal and state law prevent a car dealer from rolling back an odometer to hide the true number of miles on a car. The law provides a minimum of $10,000 in damages plus they pay your lawyer fees if you win.

Other lies car dealers tell

Car dealers know all kinds of tricks to play with a car’s financing. Look out for deceptive loan terms, service plans, or car dealers who try to undo a sale to squeeze more money out of you. We’re happy to look over your loan documents to see if you’ve been ripped off.

WRONGFUL
REPOSSESSION

Things a repo agent
CAN’T do:

  • Repossess when your payments are current
  • Break into a locked garage
  • Act in a way that might provoke a fight
  • Get the police involved

WE’VE HELPED OUR CLIENTS OVERCOME:

REPOSSESSION

Our client was driving her car on a local highway with young children in the backseat. A repossession agent—who had an extensive criminal history—ran her off the road and tried to pull her out of her car. The client struggled free from the repo man’s grip and was able to call the police.  The client was really shook up by what happened and the stress from the ordeal exacerbated her existing medical conditions. We sued for a breach of the peace.

AUTO FRAUD

A couple bought an SUV. They asked whether the car had been in an accident, and the dealer lied, telling them it hadn’t. They later learned that the car had been badly damaged, and covered up with “spit-and-chewing-gum repairs.” An expert mechanic said that every time he had seen a car repaired in this fashion, it was only after a fatal accident. We sued for fraud and breach of warranty.

ODOMETER TAMPERING

A client bought a car because it had low mileage for its age. When he tried to sell the car, he pulled a Carfax report and learned that the odometer had been rolled back by more than 100,000 miles. The client was able to recover three times his out-of-pocket damages plus attorney’s fees under the Federal Odometer Act.