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Can a dealer sell a car as "new" if it was used as a rental?

June 18, 2019

Dear Consumer Ed:  I purchased a brand new car in 2018. In cleaning out my car I found a rental agreement indicating that my car was used as a rental car for the dealership.  When I purchased the car it had about 400 miles on it. The vehicle was sold to me as "new," and the dealer never disclosed that the dealership had used it as a rental or for any other purpose. Is that legal?

Protecting yourself from cell phone account fraud

June 12, 2019

Dear Consumer Ed:  I have frozen my credit with Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion to help reduce my risk of identity theft. I just heard that I could be at risk of cell phone fraud because there is another credit reporting agency that keeps data on telecommunications and utilities accounts. What are these other credit reporting agencies? Do they allow you to freeze your credit, and, if so, how do I do that?

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