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Auto Fraud

 

Many car sales involve fraud, deception, or unfair conduct. There’s a prevalent culture of “buyer beware” at many car dealerships, where it is standard practice to deceive buyers. Learn more about common used car problems and how we can help by visiting the links below.

 
 

Common used car problems


 

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Some ways we’ve helped previous clients

as-is sales

Our client bought a pickup truck from a dealer. During the test-drive, she asked the salesman why the check engine light was on. The salesman told her that it was due to a faulty oxygen sensor, which was something minor and easy to fix. Relying on the dealer’s assurances, she agreed to buy the truck. The sales paperwork stated that the vehicle was sold “as-is.”

The same day she bought the truck, it began having serious engine problems. She later learned that it needed a complete engine replacement at a cost of about $20,000. The dealer refused to take the truck back.

We sued the dealer for breach of warranty and fraud. We were able to prove at trial that the dealer knew that the truck had engine problems and lied to our client about them. The court ordered the dealer to give our client all of her money back and to pay our attorney fees and costs.

The dealer appealed and the Minnesota Supreme Court unanimously ruled in our favor and upheld the ruling of the trial court. As a result of this case, Minnesota car dealers can no longer lie about the condition of the vehicle and get away with it by selling it “as-is.

salvage/accident vehicles

Our clients bought a Honda Accord. Before buying it, they asked the dealer whether the car had been in an accident. The dealer told them twice that it had never been in an accident.

Our clients later learned that the dealer lied and that the car had been in a serious accident. The damage was poorly repaired and the vehicle was unsafe to drive.

We sued the dealer for fraud and breach of warranty and the court ordered the dealer to refund our clients all their money and reimburse them for their out-of-pocket expenses. The court also ordered the dealer to pay our attorney fees and costs.

 

odometer fraud

Our client bought a car because it had low mileage for its age. When he later tried to sell the car, he pulled a Carfax report and learned that the odometer had been rolled back by more than 100,000 miles.

We sued the dealer who rolled back the odometer under the Federal Odometer Act. The court ordered the dealer to pay our client three times his out-of-pocket damages plus attorney’s fees and costs.