The fear of being taken advantage of by auto dealers who throw on high prices for extras like car mats or rust-proofing measures is shared by many people who wish to buy a car. It is nevertheless possible, even for people who perform the bare minimum of research, to be charged for products they didn't want or have the final price differ from the estimate.
What can you do if you discover that a car dealer has taken advantage of you? The response will mostly depend on how successfully you safeguarded yourself throughout the sales process.
Remember that your alternatives are constrained once you sign the final contract. This is due to the fact that vehicle dealers will make sure their contracts provide extremely few if any, ways to get out of them. Therefore, exercising caution throughout the process is wise. Here are a few things you can do to prevent a potential additional rip-off.
The first line of defense is to have the vehicle's price advertisement in your possession, whether it is printed from the internet or a newspaper. When you are given one price and then charged a higher one, the Truth in Advertising regulations still apply.
Knowing that auto sellers frequently attempt to bait and switch their way out of the advertised price by claiming certain conditions existed is advantageous. However, you have a strong case for a lawsuit if those terms were not made clear in the advertisement.
Obtain a written copy of the opening offer.
Get a written offer from a car dealer if one makes one. In other words, if you are given a price quote, note it down and ask the dealership to include it in their offer to you. To be sure that what they told you and the written offer are the same, compare them.
This is crucial since having the first offer handy is one of the few defenses against being taken advantage of after you sign the contract. The Truth in Lending Act was created to safeguard consumers from deception, such as adding pricey window tints, car mats, or other items that might be purchased from other vendors at a far lesser price.
Take your initial, written offer and the sum you paid to a lawyer with experience in this area. If there is a discrepancy, you stand a very strong chance of receiving a just compensation since you have the necessary documentation and because dealerships do not want to be seen as con artists.
City and State Laws
Another option is to take advantage of local restrictions that prohibit auto dealerships and other types of specific sales techniques in many places. You may file a lawsuit against them based on their acts if they failed to obey the law when selling you the automobile. If the laws governing unfair and deceptive acts and practices are not followed, customers are given some protections.
Customers need to be aware that car dealerships may add hundreds, if not thousands, to the final sale price of the vehicle. This could be due to window tint, car mats, or other extras like destination charges.