Alex Simanovsky & Associates: Ohio's Auto Fraud Attorneys
WHAT IS AUTO FRAUD?
Fraud may be committed by an automobile dealership by misrepresenting or failing to disclose such things as the true condition of the vehicle (i.e., whether the vehicle was involved in an accident or sustained some type of damage when in possession of a prior owner), the true mileage of a vehicle or the true ownership history of the vehicle. Fraud may also occur when a dealership allows a consumer to take delivery of a vehicle prior to obtaining financing, promises to obtain financing, fails to do so and then refuses to return the consumer’s down-payment or trade-in vehicle.
Different types of fraud that can occur during a vehicle transaction may include:
PRIOR DAMAGE OR SALVAGED, WRECKED VEHICLES – some dealers have been selling poorly rebuilt wrecked or salvaged vehicles, which may turn out to be unsafe or priced too high. The majority of these vehicles were involved in accidents or floods. Though they look good on the surface, they may have steering problems, defective brakes, inadequately welded parts and overall, poor handling.
the mileage that is showing on the odometer of the vehicle at the time of purchase determines the condition and value. The issue of possible fraud comes into play if the odometer has been disconnected or turned back and/or the vehicle's mileage was misrepresented to you.
MISREPRESENTATIONS OF YOUR VEHICLE’S HISTORY
A dealer must not withhold information as to the condition of the vehicle at the time of purchase. No buyer wants to find out about damage to their car after they have assumed possession and the car is in their driveway. Whether your vehicle was involved in an accident, holds a salvage title, or was damaged due to flood, you have the right to know, prior to purchase and can not be deceived as to your cars past life.
PRIOR RENTAL VEHICLE
Another practice used by some dealers is selling vehicles that were used for rental purposes and claiming these were “executive driven”. The consumer purchases the vehicle, believing that only one owner drove and owned it. Later, extensive problems may surface, some of which are due to excessive wear and tear caused by many different drivers having driven and used the vehicle.
IF YOU BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE A VICTIM OF AUTO FRAUD, PLEASE FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW AND AN EXPERIENCED AUTO FRAUD ATTORNEY WILL CONTACT YOU TO DISCUSS YOU CASE.