Automobile Dealer Fraud and Dealer Tricks in Car Buying Process


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You can avoid automobile dealer fraud by Knowing what to look for when it comes to these useless and fraudulent fees. So without wasting time, let’s get started.

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Automobile Dealer Fraud and Dealer Tricks in Car Buying Process

  1. 1. Automobile Dealer Fraud <br />Learn More About <br />Auto Dealer Tricks <br />8/13/2010<br />1<br /><br />
  2. 2. 8/13/2010<br /><br />2<br />You can avoid automobile dealer fraud by knowing what to look for when it comes to these useless and fraudulent fees. <br />So without wasting time, let’s get started.<br />
  3. 3. 8/13/2010<br /><br />3<br /><ul><li>Window etching. </li></ul>For a fee anywhere from $200 to $1150 the dealer will etch the VIN number onto the windshield of the vehicle. This is really an unnecessary fee for an unnecessary service. The dealer makes a huge profit for something that you can do yourself with a kit for $30.Rust proofing, fabric protection and under coating. These are all pretty worthless. It can cost you hundreds even thousands of dollars. Don’t bite. Salesman have been trying to push these on their customers for years.<br />
  4. 4. 8/13/2010<br /><br />4<br /><ul><li> Dealer prep. </li></ul>This is a great example of automobile dealer fraud. You’re buying a new car right? This vehicles preparation has already been done by the manufacturer. Any other preparation that needs to be done needs to be done by the dealership not by the customer. If you see this fee in your contract tell the salesman that you are not paying for it. If they try to tell you that this is a necessary fee tell them goodbye. At this point you probably have their attention. They will not want to lose your business. Make sure they take it off the sales contract.<br />
  5. 5. 8/13/2010<br /><br />5<br /><ul><li> Market adjustment fee. </li></ul>This is a fee that the dealer charges for a hard to get popular vehicle. Yes it’s true that sometimes you have to pay more for a popular vehicle, but if the vehicle is in stock and on the lot don’t fall for this scam.<br />
  6. 6. 8/13/2010<br /><ul><li> Extended warranty. </li></ul>It is a personal choice whether you’d like to purchase an extended warranty or not. Be careful though sometimes dealerships will tell their customers that they can only get financing if they take out an extended warranty. If this does happen simply refuse. If you still get nowhere tell the salesman to put it in writing in the sales contract. At this point they will find a way to take it off the contract. If you are interested in an extended warranty it may be best to know to purchase it somewhere other than at the dealership.<br /><br />6<br />
  7. 7. 8/13/2010<br /><br />7<br /><ul><li> Environmental fee. </li></ul>Some dealerships try to explain that this fee was put into place by the government. There is no such thing. This is another good example of automobile dealer fraud.<br />
  8. 8. 8/13/2010<br /><br />8<br /><ul><li> Transportation fee. </li></ul>This is a legitimate fee. Make sure you’re not being charged for it twice. Some salesman will try to do this. Just beware.<br />
  9. 9. 8/13/2010<br /><br />9<br />Be suspicious. <br />It’s OK because no one will look after your best interest except you, especially in an automobile dealership. Use your own judgment too. If something doesn’t sound right, maybe it’s not. Avoid automobile dealership fraud anyway you can.<br />
  10. 10. 8/13/2010<br /><br />10<br />If you find yourself in a situation where a dealer has defrauded you, then you should contact an attorney immediately. <br />Meet with an attorney who is experienced in auto fraud cases, as one of the California lawyerspecializing in <br />California Lemon Law and Dealer Fraud, <br />HovanesMargarian<br />completely understands what can happen as a result of buying a “lemon” from a dealership.<br />
  11. 11. 8/13/2010<br /><br />11<br />Thank You<br />