Finding a reliable and inexpensive pre-owned vehicle might be difficult, but some Maryland consumers can’t always pass up a deal for a particular model. An outstanding lease special delivers little benefit when the engine won’t start or the transmission won’t shift to reverse. Regrettably, not every used car dealer employs honest practices, leaving the lessee with little choice other than to take legal action.
Lemon laws and auto dealer malfeasance
Auto dealer fraud and lemon law solutions provide options for customers who feel cheated. Hopefully, a would-be customer may pick up on dubious tactics before leasing, avoiding any hassles.
Does the dealer intend to remove the down payment or trade-in from the lease contract? Taking the capitalized cost reduction out of the paperwork could lead to this loss, and such action might be a dire red flag. However, not everyone picks up on changes to a contract’s wording.
Most people can figure out when the price goes up. If the dealer ups the lease price after negotiating for a lower one, maybe the deal isn’t worth accepting. When the dealership’s representative attempts to pressure a potential lessee to sign, that could be another reason to consider taking one’s business elsewhere.
Other dubious dealership practices
“You get what you pay for” includes added features and helpful perks. Adding costs for roadside assistance and added safety items might be acceptable when accompanied by disclosures. Driving up the lease price with hidden and possibly unnecessary features could be troubling.
Is there an attempt to add months to the lease? Such a practice might seek to lower the monthly payments, but the reduced price may create the perception of a less expensive vehicle. If the dealership hides the added months in the contract, such behavior could be concerning.