Common Car Dealer Scams and Tips to Avoid Them (3)
- Shell Games
This kind of dealer fraud involves a subtype of trade-in scams where the auto dealer knows you have a car and want to trade it in for a certain amount. He will offer you what you want but simultaneously he will raise the price of the new car you are going to take home. Another similar scenario is that they know you are fixed on a certain amount of monthly payment and they will offer it to you, but again they will raise either the car price or interest rate or just extend the loan to another five or six months.
This kind of common car dealer scams are usually called shell games. In order to avoid such car dealer scams you need to shop your trade-in car to various dealers and also try to find the auto loan that best suits your needs. By searching for information in various dealerships you will have the opportunity to make the best choice.
- Bait and Switch
This kind of dealer fraud is the type which deals mainly with the advertising practices. While searching in the Internet you may come across advertisements announcing about a car at a surprisingly low price. When you go to the dealership it turns out that the car is either sold or something else has happened. Instead, the dealer will offer you another similar car at a price “slightly” higher than that being advertised. You will think this is a good deal and you will, accordingly be trapped to purchase the vehicle.
This scam is really very difficult to detect. However, if you came across a similar situation, then you must just contact an auto dealer fraud lawyer. In order to avoid such car dealer scams like “bait and switch”, you must just call the dealership and ask them to make the necessary clarifications. Ask them whether they still have the car at sale and if not, then ask them to e-mail you a signed document or something like that stating that the car is already sold. This fact may be of help to you as evidence. Also, make sure you always read the fine print of the advertisement; usually fraudulent advertisers put the most important information there, to be able to manipulate the evidences later on.
Continue reading our materials on common car dealer scams and do not forget that you can turn to our experienced and highly qualified auto dealer fraud lawyers, if you fell you have been a victim of dealer fraud.