Car Dealer Fraud: Confusing Window Stickers
To prevent car dealer fraud Federal Trade Commission`s Buyer`s Guide Regulations oblige car dealers to affix window stickers. The sticker should disclose whether the vehicle is sold «as is» or there is a warranty with it. If a dealer offers a warranty a Buyer`s Guide should include its terms, condition, and duration. As well as vehicle systems which warranty covers.
Altering window stickers can result in huge fines. So dealers search for other ways of misleading the customers. In addition to the official MSRP window sticker, they add their own, Addendum Stickers. They look alike and consumers might not feel the difference. The Addendum Sticker contains products added by the dealer, VIN etching, paint sealant and other overpriced and useless items. Some of them are not even options; they are just charges.
Fraudulent car dealers are often unscrupulous when it comes to ways of making additional profit. They can remove a sticker from the window on the vehicle with the warranty. And then they can have an unsuspicious customer to sign window sticker on the vehicle which is sold “as is.” So when the vehicle owner comes later to the dealership to get warranty service, they show him this document. Thus, they easily refuse to make repairs.
Where to seek legal help?
Any misrepresentation or confusion of window stickers on the part of the dealership is recognized as car dealer fraud and is punishable by law. Consumers must know how to protect their rights. A qualified lawyer like Hovanes Margarian will help you to obtain justice and get a full refund. Request your free consultation and case evaluation if you believe you are a victim of car dealer fraud. A young and aggressive litigator in automotive industry Hovanes Margarian successfully handled hundreds of car dealer fraud and lemon law cases.