Lawsuits Against Auto Dealers in Michigan
So, you have just purchased a vehicle and driven it off the lot, and a couple of days later, the vehicle breaks down or needs some other significant work. Not only are these situations inconvenient, but they can create extreme hardship as well. Michigan law protects unsuspecting consumers from auto dealers who use deceptive means and practices upon unsuspecting customers because public policy dictates that it do so. Despite the law, many dealers still operate in this way unfortunately. If you have found yourself in such a predicament, it is necessary to get an attorney you can trust involved to represent your interests.
Michigan Consumer Protection Act
The Michigan Consumer Protection Act was created specifically for the purpose of deterring unfair and deceptive trade practices. A wide variety of unconscionable methods used by merchants are outlined in the Act. However, as it pertains to the purchase of used vehicles, the MCPA prevents dealers from “dressing” up a vehicle with known problems, selling the vehicle off, and refusing to provide a refund when the problems become known. Dealers use many tricks to hide known defects. They may tinker with the odometer to make it look appear that the vehicle has less mileage. They also may misrepresent that the vehicle has not been in prior accidents or has been stolen in the past. In these situations, if the dealer is caught and sued, a plaintiff may collect its refund, and the dealer will be sanctioned by having to pay plaintiff’s attorney fees and costs.
Other Causes of Action
In addition to the MCPA, a plaintiff may choose to sue a dealer under theories of breach of contract, breach of warranty, or fraudulent or negligent misrepresentation. Usually, multiple theories will be included in a lawsuit filed against a dealer – which ones depend on the facts of each particular case. You should consult with an attorney to find out what may be appropriate for your situation.
Contact a Michigan Auto Attorney Today
Akiva Goldman & Associates has been in the business of helping our clients achieve their objectives for over twenty-five years. We are proud to serve all of Metro Detroit, and we would be happy to provide a free consultation. Call us today at 586-268-2400.
How a Michigan Auto Lawyer Can Help You
Buying a defective vehicle off the lot is not only inconvenient and frustrating, it can create substantial hardship as well. If you find yourself in such a predicament, you should contact an attorney to find out whether you have a legitimate claim. Dealers may use a wide variety of tactics to pull wool over the eyes of unsuspecting customers. Contact Akiva Goldman & Associates today to find out whether you have any recourse.
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