What to Do if You’re a Victim of Auto Dealer Fraud?

Finally, you bought a new car that you wanted to buy for a long time. You sealed the deal, signed the paperwork and drove your new automobile home, but you soon found out that the seller cheated you. For example, you have faced deceptive inflation of your vehicle’s price. What can you do?

In this article, I am going to discuss some steps you can take if you think that you have been a victim of auto dealer fraud.


Know Your Rights

You are entitled to retribution if you can prove that the dealership omitted or misrepresented material facts which resulted in a financial loss to you. The facts must pass the ”but” test. This means that if the facts were not omitted or misrepresented (but for the omitted or misrepresented facts), you would not have purchased the car.


Contact the Seller

If you are sure that the dealership cheated you, the first thing to do is to contact the seller. In fact, some states require that the customer contacts the dealer as the first thing so that he/she has the chance to put things right.

You need to contact the dealership either in person or represented by an attorney. In any case, the contact must be in writing and must clearly state the problems you have encountered. Many times the seller will take care of the expenses to correct the situation, and you don’t need to take further actions.


State Agencies May Help

If the dealership does not solve the issue, you have an option of contacting state agencies that oversee auto dealers. The dealers may lose their license in case they don’t correct the situation. As these are government programs, they cost nothing to you. However, not all cases are appropriate for government programs as they may end up with just sending a warning to the seller. If you want a legal professional to investigate your case fully, you should contact an auto dealer lawyer.


Contact Auto Dealer Attorneys

Before you take any action, it makes sense to contact an experienced auto dealer fraud attorney. It’s better to leave your case in the hands of legal professionals who have knowledge and experience in legal matters.

The attorneys at the Margarian Law Firm have an extensive experience in auto dealer fraud actions and can help you understand what kind of results you can reasonably expect. Dial (818) 553-1000 for a free consultation, and our attorneys will help you decide what steps to take.