It’s illegal for a dealership to sell you a car with structural damage if they do not disclose this information prior to the sale. Car structure damage occurs when the vehicle was in an severe accident that bent, broke or compressed the frame. This type of damage often leads to it being issued a salvage title due to the condition of the car. The legal issues occur when a dealer does not disclose this information to a new buyer who in turn overpays for a vehicle because they didn’t know what they were getting.
Almost all Auto Fraud Violations that a dealership can commit are due to misrepresenting the car in some way. Whether it be that they say the car has extra features that it really does not, or has been in an accident that compromised the safety and structure of the frame, misrepresenting the car to benefit the dealership is illegal. Many people who find out that their recently purchased used car has frame damage after taking it to a trusted auto repair shop – but few know what to do about it.
We always recommend that you first speak with the dealership to find out if they are willing to cancel the contract – you return the car and get all your money back. Unfortunately, it rarely works out that the dealer is willing to simply hand your money back in exchange for the keys, even though they are guilty of auto fraud.
Should You Hire an Attorney?
You don’t want to be stuck driving around in a car that you overpaid for AND isn’t as safe as it could be. Fighting with the dealer to get the results you want on your own is often a long road that simply leads to a dead end. Our Auto Fraud Attorneys can sue the dealership, and put you back in the position you were the day before the purchase.
Once you have recovered your down payment and any other money from the dealership, you can then reinvest in a car that is properly represented, without structural damage, that you can trust will be safe.
If you recently purchased a used car from a dealership that has structural damage, our auto fraud attorneys will offer you a free legal consultation. We will answer any questions you have about what options are available, and what you can expect when you hire our firm. All auto fraud case are taken on a contingency basis. Call now.