Auto Fraud occurs when an automobile dealership misrepresents or fails to disclose certain information prior to the consumer’s purchase of a vehicle. The true history or condition of a vehicle that is under purchase consideration by a consumer is certainly important and necessary Thus, an auto dealer may choose to withhold negative information regarding a vehicle to enhance the sales potential, which is a violation of Georgia’s Auto Fraud Laws. Examples of auto fraud may include; prior accident or damage sustained during the vehicle’s past ownership and withheld from the potential buyer; lying or forging documentation about the actual mileage of a vehicle or the true history of the vehicle including previous ownership or usage.
Each year, thousands of Georgia used car buyers fall prey to the fraudulent practices of auto dealers. You can protect yourself from becoming another victim of Georgia Auto Fraud if you do your homework and go into the dealership armed with information and a plan. DO NOT purchase a vehicle under any sort of pressure from the dealer. Be prepared to walk away from the deal if anything seems too good to be true or your good sense tells you something just doesn’t seem right.
Other instances of auto dealer fraud include financing scams such as allowing the consumer to take delivery of a vehicle prior to financing approval, promises to obtain financing, failing to do so and then refusing to return the buyer’s down-payment or trade-in vehicle. (spot delivery)