Read Answers to Questions: Automotive

Problems with Used Car Discovered after Purchase

February 1, 2019

Dear Consumer Ed:   recently purchased a car from a “buy here, pay here” dealer. The dealership has “as is” on all its vehicles, but before I bought the car the salesperson told me it was in good condition and ran perfectly.  A few days after I bought the car the vehicle started giving me problems.  When I called the dealership to complain, they told me to bring it in so they could fix it. After two repair attempts, I noticed there was smoke coming from the engine, which had never happened before and makes me think they damaged something inside the motor. Can I sue the dealership for consumer fraud and damaging my vehicle?

Buying and registering a manufacturer's buyback vehicle

January 9, 2019

Dear Consumer Ed:  I am considering purchasing a car that is marked as a manufacturer’s buyback vehicle. Will I run across any issues registering the car in the state of Georgia? Also is there anything from a legal rights (lemon law) note that I should consider before the purchase?

Dealer fee not included in advertised price of car

October 30, 2018

Dear Consumer Ed:  I live in Georgia and am looking to buy a new car. I found a car that was advertised on a popular vehicle sales website for $17,900. When I went to the dealership, the salesperson wanted to charge me an additional $599 dealer fee on top of the advertised price. Can they do that?

Can car dealer sell vehicle without title?

August 20, 2018

Dear Consumer Ed:  I am trying to purchase a used car from a dealer in North Georgia. There is no lien on the car, but he told me that the title was in Atlanta and that when I purchase the car, he will give me a Bill of Sale, which I can use to get my tag and registration. Without the title, how can this sale be legal?

Car sold with wrong VIN number

March 12, 2018

Dear Consumer Ed:  A car dealer sold me a used car that was an automatic.  After purchasing it, my insurance company did a VIN number check, which indicated that the car had a manual transmission. I don’t know what to make of this, but it seems like the dealer may have misrepresented the car he sold me.  I purchased this car “as is,” but am wondering if I can return the car and get my money back, given this turn of events?

Towing company damaged my car

January 23, 2018

Dear Consumer Ed:  Two months ago my Corvette was towed for being illegally parked in front of a business. During the tow, my car sustained $1,500 worth of damages.  I contacted the business and the towing company, but both disregarded my complaint.  How can I get them to pay for the damage done to my car?