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Common Types of Auto Dealer Fraud

By Louis S. Schwartz, Attorneys at Law |

Both federal and state law require used car dealers to abide by certain rules when selling vehicles in Pennsylvania. For instance, dealers must disclose specific kinds of damage, including bent frames, flood damage, and problems with the transmission. Additionally, used car dealers must follow strict rules when it comes to advertising, so if you… Read More »


Used Car Dealerships and Airbag Fraud

By Louis S. Schwartz, Attorneys at Law |

Both state and federal law require used car dealers to have all of their vehicles inspected before they can be sold. Unfortunately, some dealers have inspections conducted by unqualified mechanics who miss important safety defects, while others purposely avoid inspections to save on costs. Both of these actions are unlawful and can leave consumers… Read More »


Tampering with Check Engine Lights

By Louis S. Schwartz, Attorneys at Law |

Buying a used car can be a stressful and frustrating experience, especially for consumers who purchased a vehicle that begins exhibiting a mechanical defect, often indicated by the check engine light. Fortunately, those who purchase defective vehicles from used car dealers are often eligible to recover damages compensating them for the cost of the… Read More »


Who can Repair Used Cars that are Under Warranty?

By Louis S. Schwartz, Attorneys at Law |

Knowing that a car is under warranty is a great comfort to many motorists, as it ensures that many defects and malfunctions will be repaired free of cost during the warranty period. While manufacturers and dealerships are allowed to limit their warranties to certain parts of a vehicle, they are not permitted to restrict… Read More »


What is Mileage Fraud?

By Louis S. Schwartz, Attorneys at Law |

Both state and federal law prohibit used car dealers from taking advantage of potential buyers by failing to disclose certain types of damage, falsely claiming to have made repairs, or refusing to honor a valid warranty. Mileage fraud also falls under this category and occurs much more often than most people realize. In fact,… Read More »


Online Used Car Schemes

By Louis S. Schwartz, Attorneys at Law |

While many of us associate online scams with spyware, the theft of credit card information, catfishing, and luring users to phony websites, the internet has also proven to be potentially dangerous to used car buyers. Although this type of conduct is often more difficult to prosecute than in-person schemes, it is possible to hold… Read More »


Purchasing a Used Vehicle with Transmission Damage

By Louis S. Schwartz, Attorneys at Law |

Aside from flood damage, a bent or broken frame, a deteriorated or defective differential, and engine block damage, used car dealers are required to disclose whether a vehicle’s transmission has sustained damage or is somehow defective before selling it. Failing to do so not only puts buyers at risk of injury in the event… Read More »


Reporting Differential Damage

By Louis S. Schwartz, Attorneys at Law |

Used car dealers are not required to disclose all of the damage sustained by a vehicle before selling it to a consumer, unless the buyer specifically asks. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule, which are contained in the Automotive Industry Trade Practices law and require dealers to disclose certain types of… Read More »


Disclosing Flood Damage

By Louis S. Schwartz, Attorneys at Law |

Although Pennsylvania’s Lemon Law doesn’t cover used cars, consumers are still protected by the state’s Automotive Industry Trade Practices law, which makes it unlawful to sell used vehicles without disclosing certain types of damage to buyers. This includes flood damage, so if you recently purchased a used vehicle and later discovered that it had… Read More »


Disclosing Engine Block Issues

By Louis S. Schwartz, Attorneys at Law |

Although used auto dealers do not have to disclose all of a vehicle’s problems to potential buyers, they are required to notify them of certain types of issues. For instance, if a car’s frame is bent or broken and a dealer knows about the problem, he or she must notify the buyer or risk… Read More »

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