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What to Look Out For When Shopping Online for a Used Car

By Consumer Law PA |

While many of us who decide to purchase a used car, do so by going to a local used car dealership, it is becoming more and more common for consumers to shop for this type of vehicle online. For the most part, the internet has brought positive changes to the process of used car… Read More »

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What is VIN Cloning?

By Consumer Law PA |

There are thousands of honest used car dealers who take great care to ensure that all of their vehicles are safe, undamaged, and fairly priced. Unfortunately, there are also more unscrupulous sellers who used underhanded practices when selling used vehicles. For instance, some dealerships may go so far as to place a different Vehicle… Read More »

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Claims Filed Against Pennsylvania Used Car Dealers for Using Deceptive Advertising Practices

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Two years ago, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office established its own Consumer Financial Protection Bureau unit and charged it with investigating violations of the state’s unfair and deceptive practices laws. Recently, investigations into auto dealer advertising fraud culminated in the filing of claims against more than 20 dealers who were charged with violating both… Read More »

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Signs that You May Have a Cracked Engine Block

By Consumer Law PA |

Used car buyers are protected under Pennsylvania law from purchasing a vehicle with certain problems, such as a damaged transmission, a bent or broken frame, or a cracked engine block. Unfortunately, despite the existence and enforcement of these rules, many used car dealers continue to sell defective vehicles to unsuspecting consumers, which can have… Read More »

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Collecting Compensation for Auto Dealer Fraud

By Consumer Law PA |

Used car dealer fraud occurs when a dealership attempts to take advantage of consumers through the use of deception and unfair practices. While both state and federal law protect consumers from this type of behavior by requiring dealerships that don’t comply with these rules to compensate wronged parties for their losses, filing a claim… Read More »

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Odometer Fraud on the Rise

By Consumer Law PA |

A used car dealer in Colorado was recently charged with scamming customers by selling vehicles with altered odometer readings. Unfortunately, this type of conduct is becoming more and more common in the used car industry, a trend that is largely attributable to the increasing use of digital odometers, which are much easier to replace… Read More »

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Dealership Advertising Requirements in Pennsylvania

By Consumer Law PA |

Pennsylvania law protects consumers from being defrauded by used car dealers by requiring dealerships to abide by certain advertising rules. Although dealers who fail to comply with these laws can be held liable for defrauding customers, filing these types of claims can be difficult, especially for those without legal representation, so if you were… Read More »

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What Does it Mean to Purchase a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle?

By Consumer Law PA |

Many used car dealers, in an effort to put consumers at ease about the safety of their products, market their vehicles as being “Certified Pre-Owned.” This term is used to refer to vehicles that have been refurbished, but have also undergone and passed an inspection checklist. While this title gives many purchasers peace of… Read More »

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Trade-in Scams

By Consumer Law PA |

Although more and more consumers are becoming aware of the potential pitfalls of purchasing used vehicles, many remain unaware of a trend referred to as trade-in auto fraud. Trade-in scams are a form of used car fraud, and as such, are unlawful. As a result, dealers who engage in these types of practices can… Read More »

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Tips for Buying a Used Car

By Consumer Law PA |

Whether you’re looking to buy a used car for yourself or for a family member, it is important to keep in mind that buying a used vehicle is a much different process than buying a new one. For instance, used vehicles, unlike new cars, are protected by Pennsylvania’s Lemon Law. However, this doesn’t mean… Read More »

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