While there is no Florida lemon law, there are a variety of state and federal laws that were created to protect you when you buy a used or new car.
Auto dealership fraud can include unfair or deceptive practices, repossession, and “buy here pay here” auto dealerships. These dealerships are often the worst violators because they finance all their own sales, sell to high-risk clients for a big down payment, and do financing themselves at a high interest rate. If and when a customer defaults, they come to repossess vehicles for his or her defaults.
There are many different varieties of auto fraud, including:
Financing fraud: This occurs when dealerships say financing is approved and later say it is not approved.
Odometer disclosure fraud: This occurs when a client later trades in a car and the dealership says the car has more miles than what the original dealership said.
Automotive misrepresentation fraud: This occurs when a salvaged car was in an accident, flood-damaged, or involved in another incident and the dealer fails to disclose the information.
Exploitation of elderly (people over 60): This occurs when a dealership tries to charge them more for car after they’ve signed contract. The dealership tells the elderly person that he or she is co-signing a loan for someone, and the person later finds out he or she is the only person on the loan. Essentially the dealership forces the elderly into a product they don’t want by keeping them at a dealership all day and exhausting them into buying a car.
Warranty claim fraud: In this case, you’ve signed a warranty and they refuse to abide by the warranty, or they make representations that the vehicle comes with a warranty. Then the consumer finds out later it doesn’t have a warranty. They may even create extended service contracts and then never submit the contract after you sign it.
False advertisement: The vehicle in question does not have the options or price that was advertised.
If you or someone close to you was involved in the purchase of a car, truck, motorcycle, RV, or some other vehicle and the dealership engaged in fraud, misrepresentations or other unfair or deceptive practices, you may have a claim against the dealer under the Motor Vehicle Sales Finance Act, the Truth in Lending Act, Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, and/or other laws.
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