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The Puppy Dog Close

By Louis S. Schwartz, Attorneys at Law |

Used car dealers are notorious for using certain sales tricks to convince consumers to buy a vehicle. For instance, most people have heard of the bait and switch technique, which involves advertising cars at an apparent bargain and then substituting more expensive or inferior vehicles  when consumers actually show up at the lot. While… Read More »


Beware of Purchasing Used Cars Flooded During Hurricane Michael

By Louis S. Schwartz, Attorneys at Law |

Thousands of vehicles have been damaged or destroyed during hurricanes in the last year. That is not to say however, that all cars affected by flood damage can’t end up in your own driveway. In fact, many vehicles that are damaged by floods are repaired and then resold in other parts of the country… Read More »


Holding Used Car Dealers Accountable for Unfair Advertising

By Louis S. Schwartz, Attorneys at Law |

In recent years, a number of used car dealers have come under fire for their use of unfair and illegal advertising practices. While shedding light on these violations has helped ensure that the wronged parties received compensation for their losses, the reality is that used car dealerships continue to utilize unfair advertising methods at… Read More »


Tips to Avoid Becoming the Victim of Used Car Fraud

By Louis S. Schwartz, Attorneys at Law |

Sometimes, despite a buyer’s best efforts, he or she will become a victim of used car fraud. In these cases, filing a suit against the dealership that sold the car is often a victim’s best course of action. However, there are steps that prospective car buyers should consider taking to help reduce the likelihood… Read More »


Used Car Dealer Contract Requirements

By Louis S. Schwartz, Attorneys at Law |

Although many people know that used car dealers in Pennsylvania are required to comply with certain regulations when it comes to advertising and general business practices, few are aware that they must also use and refrain from using specific language in their contracts. If you believe that the contract for the sale of your… Read More »


What Documentation Should I Receive When I Purchase a Used Car in PA?

By Louis S. Schwartz, Attorneys at Law |

When you buy a used vehicle in Pennsylvania, dealerships are required to comply with certain rules. For instance, dealers aren’t allowed to advertise cars as being sold “as is” except in certain circumstances. Similarly, dealers must disclose certain information about the vehicles they sell, including whether a vehicle has damage to its frame, transmission,… Read More »


When are Used Car Dealers Required to Issue Refunds?

By Louis S. Schwartz, Attorneys at Law |

Although many used car dealers make vague promises about refunding a buyer’s deposit if that person discovers damage within a certain period of time, or is otherwise unhappy with an offer, it is not uncommon for dealerships to fail to respect these guarantees. Fortunately, Pennsylvania law does require used car dealers to make refunds… Read More »


Undervaluing a Vehicle Trade-in

By Louis S. Schwartz, Attorneys at Law |

Used car dealer fraud can occur at essentially any stage of the purchasing process. This includes unfair or deceptive advertising, concealing the inclusion of certain add-ons in the purchase contract, selling a flood-damaged vehicle without notifying the buyer, and rolling back an odometer. While these are perhaps the most well-known schemes utilized by used… Read More »


What are Salvage Titles?

By Louis S. Schwartz, Attorneys at Law |

When someone is in the market for a used car, it is important that he or she keep an eye out for vehicles with a salvage title. Cars with this type of title are those that have been substantially damaged, usually in a previous collision, and then were deemed a total loss by the… Read More »


What is Curbstoning?

By Louis S. Schwartz, Attorneys at Law |

In Pennsylvania, lemon laws only apply to auto dealers who sell new vehicles. For this reason, many used car dealers and private sellers attempt to take advantage of buyers by using a scam called curbstoning. Curbstoning involves a dealer posing as a private seller in order to sell a vehicle. By pretending to be… Read More »

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