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Auto Dealer Fraud

Over two million vehicles are sold each year in California.  This presents a lot of opportunity for auto dealer to commit fraud.  Unfortunately, auto fraud is a serious problem in California for new and used vehicles.  An auto dealer can commit fraud prior to the sale, during the sale, and after the sale. There are numerous types of auto fraud that can be committed at each stage of the sale process.  Below are a few examples of common auto fraud scenarios that we have encountered.

Prior to the sale of a new or used vehicle the following can occur:

Did you purchase a vehicle with a prior accident history that was not disclosed to you?

Did you purchase a vehicle that has prior unrepaired accident damage?

Did you purchase a vehicle that was a prior lemon law buyback?

Did you purchase a vehicle with flood or hurricane damage?

Did you purchase a vehicle was rebuilt, salvage, or junk?

Can an auto dealer sell you a salvage/junk/rebuild vehicle without informing you?

Did you purchase a vehicle that used to be a rental vehicle?

Are auto dealers allowed to sell you a vehicle that was a rental vehicle without informing you?

Did you purchase a vehicle with a rolled back odometer (odometer fraud)?

During the sale of a new or used vehicle the following can occur:

Did the auto dealer run your credit without your permission?

Did the auto dealer run your credit with multiple finance companies without your permission?

Did the auto finance company deny your loan application and not send you an adverse notice letter?

Did the auto dealer force you to purchase gap insurance?

After the sale of a new or used vehicle the following can occur:

Did the car dealership fail to payoff your trade-in vehicle?

Does a car dealer have 10 days to demand return of the vehicle you just purchased?

What are auto dealer yo-yo delivery or spot delivery scams?

What happens if an auto dealer fails to register your vehicle or provide you with the title within 90 days of the sale?

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