Exploring the Bait and Switch Car Dealer Fraud
In the United States, there have been a growing number of claims in regards to a tactic called the “bait and switch” car dealer fraud. A bait and switch scam is used mainly to get customers to physically come to the dealership by advertising that a vehicle is being offered for very low prices or very low payments. When a customer arrives at the dealership, he is then informed that the advertised car has already been sold. At this point, the dealer will offer multiple other cars that are “similar” to the one that was originally advertised but at a much higher price.
Spotting bait and switch dealer fraud is quite easy. As part of your research, you should become familiar with some of the key phrases that car dealers will use. These are the phrases that will immediately set off the “bait and switch” alarm. If the dealer says the advertised car is not available but they can show you another one, just leave.
What to do?
If you come across with this type of advertisement, you should always make sure to read the fine print. Always be fully aware of what is exactly being offered. Sometimes, a dealer will have the vehicle on their lot, but it might be the ugliest color. This is what lowers the cost of a car, and it gets you to their lot in the first place. It is one of the oldest tricks in the advertising world.
If you think you or a loved one have already become victim of such fraud, it’s time to turn to a lawyer. In fact, a dealer fraud attorney can help you with your potential case.