Car Law A to Z: O is for Overreaching


Oh boy…..overreaching…..there is a quite a bit of this in the vehicle buying context.  In fairness, not every dealership engages in unethical practices and I would like to think that more often than not vehicles are sold and delivered without any violation of law.  That being said, however, I receive multiple calls weekly from consumers who have issues, complaints, and claims against dealerships across North Carolina.  Some are baseless and hard to prove while others have merit and involve clear violations of law.  toolbox/briefcaseIt is truly unfortunate that a transaction so fundamental to the American economy is still fraught with peril, miscommunication, misconceptions, trickery, and other problems.

Examples of overreaching include………yo-yo sales a/k/a spot delivery…….wrongful repossession….failure to disclose vehicle damage…..odometer tampering and misrepresentation….misrepresentation of financial terms and other essential contract terms.  This list is far from comprehensive and I have seen and heard all kinds of horror stories too numerous to recount here. Before ever visiting a dealership one should do his and her due diligence.  If you believe you have been the victim of overreaching regarding a vehicle transaction consult an experienced legal professional for an assessment of your situation.  Get your documents in order and make that call today!

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2 Comments

  1. Brandy or Jeff Snipes

    Who can we contact regarding an unlawful repossession. Long story short after just 2 weeks the dealer claimed the bank refused the loan and he wanted to place elsewhere at high rate etc. He repossessed before 1st payment was due. Our contract is with dealer not a bank. He also kept our trade in as well.

  2. Brandy or Jeff Snipes

    Please advise. Who can we contact regarding an unlawful repossession. Long story short after just 2 weeks the dealer claimed the bank refused the loan and he wanted to place elsewhere at high rate etc. He repossessed before 1st payment was due. Our contract is with dealer not a bank. He also kept our trade in as well.

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