Deceptive Car Sales / “Lemon Law”

These are examples of the types of deceptive car sales that we handle.

Have you:

• Purchased a car but the seller did not disclose that it was previously in a wreck?

• Purchased a car but not given the title?

• Purchased a car but not given a copy of the sales contract?

• Sign the contract and drive off with the vehicle only to be told later that “the financing did not go through” and that the dealer wants you come  back in to sign a new agreement with a higher interest rate? Did the dealer tell you they already sold your trade-in vehicle? Did the dealer threaten to report the vehicle as stolen if you did not return the car or sign a new contract with worse financing terms?

• Purchased a new car or a”certified pre-owned” car from a car dealer, but it turns out to be a “lemon?”

If so, you may have rights under the law depending on the specific facts of your case

From the Case Files:

Examples of deceptive car sales for which we have filed suit.

A car dealer sells the client a “pre-certified” used car.  The car is advertised as having gone through a thorough and meticulous inspection by expertly trained mechanics to assure that it is of the highest quality.  Soon after driving the car off the lot, the client notices a series of strange sounds, culminating in the rear shock of the vehicle literally bursting through the trunk.  Subsequent research indicates that the vehicle was previously in a major wreck, a fact not disclosed at the time of the sale.

An individual sells a car to client saying that it is an excellent vehicle, drives well, and was expertly restored. As soon as the buyer drives away with the vehicle, it begins to pour out liquids.  A subsequent inspection indicates that not only are their problems with the fluid leaking, but the structure supporting the engine is rusted through in places and that the mechanic deems it too dangerous to even take for a test drive.

The client is seeking to purchase a vehicle from a car dealer, but is waiting for the dealer to obtain affordable financing.  The dealer says that the financing has been approved, and that it is “done deal.”  The client drives the car home, but the dealer does not provide the client with a copy of the contract. Some days later the dealer calls the client and says that there has been a mistake, that the client “must” come in and sign new financing papers at a higher interest rate or else they will repossess the vehicle and have her arrested.

Consumer purchases a new truck.  The sales person says the vehicle will drive smoothly and has a strong engine. The vehicle is also under manufacturer’s warranty. The client purchases the vehicle but it stalls constantly and is essentially inoperable. The dealer cannot fix the problem no matter how many times the vehicle is brought in.  The finance company still demands its monthly payments even though the vehicle does not drive. We bring suit against the car dealer,  the manufacturer and the finance company.

Consumer purchases a new vehicle with manufacturer’s warranties.  For some reason the vehicle burns up oil every 500 to 1,000 miles.  The consumer brings the vehicle back to the dealer more than a dozen times, but after repeated attempts the dealer cannot repair the vehicle.  After the last repair attempt the vehicle starts to jerk, the A/C becomes inoperable, and the power windows no longer work.   The vehicle is essentially inoperable. The finance company still demands its monthly payments even though the vehicle does not drive. We bring suit against the car dealer,  the manufacturer and the finance company.

Consumer signs a retail installment sales contract, is told to come back the following Monday to put down the down payment, and drives home with the vehicle. The consumer comes back as agreed with the down payment, but the dealer now wants more money. The employees blocks in the consumer and physically retrains him.  The dealer claims the consumer is “stealing” the car. The consumer is then handcuffed and placed in a police car.

An elderly goes to get vehicle repaired. The repair shop takes payment, does not do the work as agreed, refuses to relinquish possession of the vehicle for three months, and demands that the elderly grandmother sign over to him title for vehicle.

Consumer purchases a truck. Salesperson says, “The vehicle has never been in a wreck” and, “If there any problems with the vehicle we will fix it.” Consumer purchases the vehicle. The dealer never shows the consumer the title. Instead either the dealer or the finance company forges the name of the consumer on the back of the title. The title itself if branded “Reconstructed” a fact hidden from the consumer by the forgery.