One of the most common dealership scams that car buyers need to be aware of relates to advertising fees. Typically, auto manufacturers add these fees onto the factory invoice when they ship them to the dealership. However, most often car buyers end up paying more for advertising fees than the dealerships. The dealerships trick consumers by adding this fee to the purchase contract and make car buyers pay the same fee twice.
You can avoid this scam if you ask the dealer about any advertising fees which are added to the total price of the purchase contract and which you will have to pay. If you notice that there is an advertising fee on the price that is paid by the purchaser, then it’s better to ask the dealership whether or not this fee was already charged on the factory invoice. Also, ask to see the factory invoice to make sure the advertising fee had not already been included on the primary invoice.