Virtually every car buyer in Arizona and across the country who has purchased a new or perceived high-quality used auto knows the feelings associated with that.
On the one hand, there may have been a bit of trepidation and sweaty palms relating to sticker shock. Cars are certainly not cheap.
On the other hand, though, there’s just something about a new car smell. And what motorist driving an automobile off a lot isn’t singularly impressed by new and mightily upgraded safety options and a look and feel that grandpa couldn’t have remotely envisioned?
In a perfect world, all car buyers retain those feelings of glee for a sustained period following their purchase, being highly pleased with their ride.
In the real world, though, the initial euphoria experienced by legions of consumers buying vehicles is subsequently displaced by an absolute feeling of dread following the realization that they’ve bought a lemon rather than a limo.
And the reasons for that could be many. Perhaps an unscrupulous seller tampered with your car’s odometer. Some cars have material damage — from flooding or a previous accident, for example — that was not lawfully disclosed. Maybe your auto was subject to multiple safety recalls prior to purchase that your dealer was aware of but did not divulge.
The sources that contribute to your car ending up to be a sour rather than a sweet purchase can be many, but they often sound in auto dealer fraud and deceptive sales practices.
And that is flatly unlawful. Consumers buy what they reasonably expect to get, especially when that is based upon the assurances of a seller. Exploiting a purchaser through lies and trickery is both ethically wrong and a crime that can bring remedies under state and federal laws.
The East Valley attorneys at the Tempe business and commercial law firm of Cook & Price take pride in aggressively representing the interests of clients who have been wrongly treated through seller deceit. Auto dealer and other types of consumer fraud are wrong, and we advocate strongly on behalf of persons who are entitled to the benefits of what they paid for.
We welcome readers’ questions and comments in this important area of law.
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