Auto Dealer Fraud in Colorado

Auto Dealer Fraud in Colorado

Auto Fraud is a serious issue, and perpetrated all the time (even by well-known dealerships!)

What is considered Auto Dealer Fraud?

Auto dealer fraud is a term that describes deceptive and unlawful practices used by car dealers at almost any stage of the vehicle purchase process. Examples of auto dealer fraud include “bait and switch” advertising practices, odometer rollbacks, yo-yo car sales, failure to disclose information about a vehicle, and other unscrupulous activities.

A bait and switch is a form of false or deceptive advertising, in which a car dealer advertises one vehicle at a certain price, then tells the customer that the particular vehicle is no longer available before using aggressive tactics to sell a different, more expensive vehicle (or the advertised vehicle at a price higher than the advertised price).

Odometer rollback is when the dealership tampers with an odometer to show a lesser mileage than what the vehicle actually has. 

Yo-yo car sales is when a dealership sells you a car with a certain APR and calls you after a few days to tell you your financing did not go through and you need to come in and sign paperwork at a higher interest rate.

How Can I Know if a Dealership Committed Fraud?

Does something feel off about the transaction? Something just doesn’t seem right?

Are they asking you to come back in and sign different papers after you’ve already entered into an agreement with them? 

Does the car have weird paint marks on it and it looks like it was in a previous accident?  Did a mechanic tell you that there’s been frame damage or flood damage to the vehicle? Did you get a Carfax report after buying it and it shows the vehicle was in a previous accident?

Are they not giving you the title to the car or you’ve been waiting a long time to get title?

If something does not feel right in your gut, it’s time to call a lawyer.

When Should You Consider Hiring an Attorney?

Auto fraud involves improper tactics used by a car dealer during the vehicle sale process and can take the form of “rolling back” odometers or selling a vehicle with undisclosed recalls. Lemon law cases arise from problems or defects with the actual vehicle itself such as faulty parts, electrical issues or defective engines.

If you believe your purchasing experience may qualify as auto fraud in Colorado, you need an attorney who knows how to get results. If you need an attorney who understands Colorado Auto Fraud, knows how to defend your rights, and knows how to take action in your case, contact the Bayas Firm today.