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AUTOMOBILE & INJURY LAW

AUTO DEALER LEGAL ISSUES

Lemon car: Have you been sold a defective car and the dealer/manufacturer refuses to fix, refund, or replace it?

YoYo sales: Have you been given a final loan contract and then, after driving away, were asked to come back and sign a new contract with higher interest rates or a larger down payment?

False advertising: Did you get lured to the dealership with deceptive advertisements and were then told the deal was not available and sold a different, more expensive car instead?

Finance problems: Did the dealer undervalue your trade-in, conceal optional add-ons during the negotiations, or inflate the invoice?

Repossession: Was your car repossessed without your creditor notifying you ahead of time?

Know Your Rights!

There are many laws to protect consumers from auto fraud. Below you will find short summaries of the protections offered under various laws.

Federal Odometer Act: This Act prohibits tampering with a vehicle’s odometer.

Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act: This Act is used when a supplier, warrantor, or contractor fails to comply with a written warranty, implied warranty, or service contract.

  • For example, you can use this when a vehicle manufacturer does not honor a warranty or when a dealer does not honor a service contract.

Consumer auto attorneys represent consumers not only against unscrupulous or shady auto repair shops, but also against untrustworthy and shady car dealerships.

Florida lemon laws: Lemon laws deal with cars that have been in the repair shop multiple times for the same substantial problem. Florida Lemon law attorneys represent:

  1. The purchaser, other than for purposes of resale, or the lessee, of a vehicle primarily used for personal, family or household purposes;
  2. Any person to whom such vehicle is transferred for the same purposes during the duration of the Lemon Law Rights Period; or
  3. Any other person entitled by the terms of the warranty to enforce the obligations of the warranty.

Truth in Lending Act (TILA): Before a loan is processed, TILA requires that lenders disclose their interest rates and other information pertaining to the loan. TILA is supposed to help you shop for the best auto financing rate. A lender’s failure to provide this disclosure in a timely or accurate manner may provide you with a legal claim. Learn more about your TILA rights.

Unfair, Deceptive, or Abusive Acts or Practices (UDAP): UDAP protects you from unfair, false, or deceptive acts, including false advertising when you buy a product.

  • Dealers, repair shops, or lenders cannot misrepresent information relating to the vehicle, such as not disclosing that the car had been previously wrecked or padding a bill of sale with unauthorized repairs.