Common Types of Used Car Fraud
- Rolling back the odometer.
- Not disclosing that the car is a “lemon buyback” that the original owner returned for a refund.
- Not disclosing that the vehicle has a “salvage title.”
- Not disclosing that the vehicle used to be a rental, a demonstrator or was previously sold and returned.
- Quoting a lower price than the one on the contract, or charging you for features you were told were free.
- Contracts that are incorrectly dated, forged or not provided to you.
Victims of used car fraud should go to the dealer first to ask for a refund or exchange (or any service you’re entitled to under a contract or warranty). If the dealer won’t play fair, you may have to file a lawsuit to get your money back.
You have three years from the day you bought the car to bring such a claim. In a used car fraud lawsuit, you can recover what you paid for the car and all of its repairs, any money you paid for alternative transportation and other costs caused by the lemon, attorneys’ fees, and anything else the court thinks is fair. In cases of extremely illegal behavior by dealers who knew better, you may be able to get punitive damages, which are designed to punish wrongdoers financially, as well.