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Dealership Advertising Requirements in Pennsylvania

By Louis S. Schwartz, Attorneys at Law |

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 »


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

By Louis S. Schwartz, Attorneys at Law |

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 »


Trade-in Scams

By Louis S. Schwartz, Attorneys at Law |

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 »


Tips for Buying a Used Car

By Louis S. Schwartz, Attorneys at Law |

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 »


Do I Have an Auto Fraud Case?

By Louis S. Schwartz, Attorneys at Law |

With negotiable pricing, add-on options, upgrades, and varied financing plans, purchasing a used vehicle is no easy task. Unfortunately, this means that many consumers, even those who are careful and do their research, are at risk of being misled by unethical auto dealers. In an effort to combat this type of behavior, the Pennsylvania… Read More »


The Statute of Limitations in Used Car Fraud Cases

By Louis S. Schwartz, Attorneys at Law |

Consumers who purchase used vehicles from Pennsylvania dealerships and are defrauded during the process, can hold the at-fault parties liable for damages by filing a claim against them in court. Unfortunately, even those with valid claims could have their cases dismissed if they fail to file before a certain deadline, or to comply with… Read More »


Car Kiting: Dealers Selling Vehicles that They Don’t Actually Own

By Louis S. Schwartz, Attorneys at Law |

Most people have heard of the term check kiting, but few are aware that the same type of fraudulent scheme can be and is regularly used by car dealers across the country. Car kiting involves selling a vehicle that has been traded in before first paying off any outstanding liens. This type of activity… Read More »


Undisclosed Add-on Products

By Louis S. Schwartz, Attorneys at Law |

Under both Pennsylvania and federal law, used car dealers are prohibited from engaging in fraudulent sales practices when advertising or selling used vehicles. Unfortunately, many dealerships still attempt to get away with unscrupulous business practices, such as adding products and services to a buyer’s contract without being asked to do so. These products are… Read More »


The Buyers Guide

By Louis S. Schwartz, Attorneys at Law |

Under federal law, used car dealerships are required to post a disclosure document, also known as a Buyers Guide, that gives consumers information about their purchase and any warranties on all vehicles being offered for sale. Used car dealers who fail to post these disclosures, or who alter them in such a way that… Read More »


The Used Car Rule

By Louis S. Schwartz, Attorneys at Law |

While many of the laws that protect consumers from fraud when purchasing used cars are passed by state legislatures, a number of rules were also put in place by the federal government. For instance, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) enforces a federal regulation known as the Used Car Rule, which requires dealerships to disclose… Read More »

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