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Pennsylvania Law May Make it Easier for Used Car Dealers to Sell Defective Vehicles

By Louis S. Schwartz, Attorneys at Law |

Last year, the Pennsylvania Legislature passed a new state law that requires used car dealers to disclose when one of their vehicles is subject to an open recall. Initially hailed as a victory for consumers across the state, a number of safety groups have since raised concerns that the law can actually be used… Read More »


Signs that Your Transmission May be Defective

By Louis S. Schwartz, Attorneys at Law |

The transmission plays a critical role in the proper functioning of any vehicle, as it transfers the rotational power generated by the engine to the car’s wheels. This in turn, makes it possible for the gear ratio between the engine and the wheels to change as a vehicle speeds up and slows down. Although… Read More »


Undisclosed/Concealed Frame Damage

By Louis S. Schwartz, Attorneys at Law |

Under Pennsylvania law, used car dealers are required to disclose when their vehicles have certain types of damage, including bent and cracked frames. Unfortunately, this type of damage is difficult to see with a visual inspection, so when unscrupulous dealers fail to disclose problems with a frame, an unknowing purchaser could end up with… Read More »


Pennsylvania Dealership to Pay More than $2 Million in Fines for Fraud Scheme

By Louis S. Schwartz, Attorneys at Law |

Early last month, a Pennsylvania used car dealership agreed to pay more than $2 million in restitution and fines for selling vehicles at falsely inflated prices to subprime consumers. Unfortunately, this type of conduct is not uncommon in the used car sales industry, so if you were recently taken advantage of by a dealership… Read More »


The FTC and the Used Car Rule

By Louis S. Schwartz, Attorneys at Law |

In 1985, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) instituted the Used Motor Vehicle Trade Regulation Rule. More commonly referred to as the Used Car Rule, these regulations require used car dealers to display window stickers, known as Buyers Guides, on all used cars. These stickers contain important information about the vehicle being sold, including information… Read More »


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 »

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