Is This Dealership A House of Horror?
Auto House operates vehicle dealerships in Mooresville and Salisbury [North Carolina]. Recently, several consumers who purchased vehicles from Auto House complained they were sold vehicles that were misbranded or misrepresented. The result? If this is true the consumers overpaid for the vehicles they purchased. Click here for the most recent local news story by WSOC TV in Charlotte which is following an ongoing investigation by the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles License and Theft Bureau. And now the North Carolina Attorney General’s office is interested in the goings on. Not good.
So what can a consumer do to prevent buying a misbranded vehicle?
- Do research on the vehicle’s make, model, trimline, and features by going to the manufacturer’s website. For example, if you are contemplating buying a Ford F-150 truck visit the Ford website and check for the exact type of vehicle you may be purchasing.
- Get the vehicle’s VIN (do not rely on the VIN listed in an online ad; go see the vehicle in person and take copy the VIN listed on the vehicle) and ensure it is consistent with the vehicle you seek to purchase. Click here for how to interpret the information contained in a VIN
And when buying any used vehicle it is imperative you do your homework before signing any paperwork or agreeing to make the purchase.
In the meantime many people await the results of the investigations into Auto House and many persons who purchased vehicles from Auto House may be a bit concerned–to say the least. Unfortuately, Auto House is not the first and will not be the last vehicle dealership that may have taken advantage of unsuspecting consumers. If you believe you have purchased a misbranded vehicle or otherwise been the victim of auto fraud contact an experienced consumer law attorney for a consultation.