Unfortunately, it seems that there is an inordinate number of unscrupulous people engaged in the car sales business. We’ve all heard the jokes about the ‘used car salesman’. A comparison was made a few years ago that the difference between a used car salesman and a computer salesman is that the used car salesman at least knows when he (or she) is lying.
Problematically, this unscrupulous, and often illegal, behavior is not limited just to the representations made about a vehicle. Often times it will extend to the virtual ‘kidnapping’ of the unsuspecting shopper by the dealership and gross misrepresentation regarding actual costs and financing.
Frequently, people that have been unfairly manipulated into purchasing vehicles later find themselves unable to make the payments which then cascades into debt collector persecution, repossession, destruction of credit rating and subsequently a host of other credit related problems. To say nothing of stress and not being able to get to work.
Aurora Harris, proprietor of The Honest Lawyer, and herself a nationally renowned consumer attorney who has often broken new ground in defending consumers from predatory lending and sales practices, has written an article that is posted on her personal web site. You can read the full article here: http://www.theharrislawfirmonline.com/2009/12/avoiding-auto-dealer-fraud/