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Auto dealerships scams, insurance fraud, car repair ripoffs, salvaged vehicles, towing scams, odometer rollback, curbstoning and car title loans are fleecing consumers that just want an honest deal when purchasing or caring for their cars.
While most car dealerships are honest there are more than a few that will try and trick you into paying more for your car than it's worth or into financing your auto loan at a higher interest rate than you could.
Some of these tread the line between trickery and outright fraud.
A new car is one of the most expensive and important purchases a consumer can make and they are expensive enough without dishonest auto dealers making you pay even more.
Get the Lowdown on Dealership Scams
These pages detail some of the the most common car dealership scams such as "Yo Yo Financing" (AKA Spot Delivery) or the ever-popular Prep Fee Scam.
We also have advice and tips our advice on how to avoid these scams. We also take a hard look at some of the auto insurance scams and the practices of the auto insurance companies. You will be shocked to find out some of the methods insurers have developed to scam consumers.
A New Car Scam Every Day
Or at least it seems that way sometimes. Every time they add a new feature to cars, a scam appears to take advantage of it. Airbags are a great example. I can't wait to see what the scammers dream up for in-dash GPS systems! We'll deal with that when the day comes.
There are plenty of ripoffs to talk about in the present. For example, we have car repair and towing scams to worry about.
We all accept that getting our cars repaired is going to be costly, but who wants insult added to injury by getting scammed in the process? I don't and I bet you don't either. That's why knowing the tricks scammers use is so important.
The list of car scams is a big one and growing larger every day. Cars and the services necessary to operate them are expensive and wherever money is involved you will find a con artist waiting to take your money.
Knowledge is Power
Some think driving a car is risky, but you'll soon discover that purchasing, repairing and insuring your vehicle can be equally dangerous. Cars are expensive to purchase, care for or insure and shysters have come up with many ways to divert your auto budget to their wallets. It's what they do and they're really good at it.
Even so, all is not lost. If you learn some of the tricks used by con artists your chances of being tricked in the dealer showroom, insurance agent's office or at the repair shop are reduced considerably.
Lemon Laws by State
Visit our Lemon Laws section for information about Lemon Laws in your state. You mat have been tricked into driving a lemon home, but in many cases the law is on your side and enable you to fight back.
If you want to find out more about Lemon Laws and how they protect you, start with a visit to our Lemon Law Resources section. Inside you'll find the text of the law itself and many layman explanations of these codes, rules and regulations for all 50 states and the Districtof Columbia.