Georgia Fair Business Practices Act
If you think that you have been a victim of unfair or illegal practices by a Georgia Auto dealer during the purchase or attempted purchase of a new or used vehicle, contact a Georgia Consumer Protection Attorney for a free case consultation.
The “Georgia Fair Business Practices Act of 1975,” O.C.G.A. Section 10-1-390 et seq., is the primary consumer protection law of Georgia. This Georgia consumer protection Act regulates unfair or deceptive practices in consumer transactions in Georgia which are defined as transactions for personal, family or household purposes. The Act also regulates matters including health club memberships, final going out of business sales, telemarketing, multilevel marketing opportunities, campground memberships and certain promotional activities. The Act authorizes private citizens in Georgia to sue for violations in certain circumstances.
GEORGIA FAIR BUSINESS PRACTICES ACT,
TITLE 10. COMMERCE AND TRADE
CHAPTER 1. SELLING AND OTHER TRADE PRACTICES
ARTICLE 15. DECEPTIVE OR UNFAIR PRACTICES
PART 2. FAIR BUSINESS PRACTICES ACT
Prohibited activities under the Georgia Fair Business Practices Act include, but are not limited to the following;
- Passing off goods or services as those of another seller or manufacturer.
- Selling goods come from a particular place or country as goods from a different place country; they were manufactured in China yet consumer is told they were manufactured in the USA or Italy.
- Representing used goods, including vehicles, as new when they are not.
- False claims referring to the particular quality or grade of an advertised product, or selling the products stating they are a certain style or model (example: selling a car with a low grade radio, when the standard is a brand name manufacturer ).
- False or misleading statements about another business or its products or services.
- Advertising goods or services without having enough on hand to meet expected demand (unless the ad says that supply is limited), or with false intent (bait and switch) to bring the consumer into the store or dealership when in fact, the product or vehicle is not available exactly as advertised.
- Misleading statements or false claims should not be used in advertising a sale or special promotional event, i.e. “On sale today only, for the low price of $100”, when in fact this offer has been good for a month.
If your Georgia consumer protection rights have been violated, there are private remedies for those injured or damaged by an unfair or deceptive act or practice. Don’t let your auto dealer get away with fraudulent practices or financing scams, fight back using Georgia’ Consumer Protection Laws.