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Auto Fraud

What if I did not receive title of the car?

What if I find out that the vehicle I purchased has been in an accident?

How does my attorney get paid in a consumer auto fraud case?

What is the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act?

I did not receive any notice before a repossession. What are my rights?

What if I discover that the vehicle has more miles that indicated on the odometer?

After signing all the paperwork and taking the vehicle home, the car dealer is telling me my financing did not go through.





Q: What if I did not receive title of the car?

Under Missouri law, the dealer is required to provide title at the time of sale. You are under no obligation to make payments if you did not receive a title. 


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Q: What if I find out that the vehicle I purchased has been in an accident?

If the seller of the car failed to disclose or misrepresented material facts about the vehicle's history including prior wreck or flood damage you may have a claim for fraud.


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Q: How does my attorney get paid in a consumer auto fraud case?

We take most, but not all, consumer automobile fraud cases on a contingency fee basis. Many consumer protection laws, including the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act, provide attorneys’ fees for successful claims.


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Q: What is the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act?

The Missouri Merchandising Practices Act is a very broad consumer protection law that protects consumers from fraudulent, deceptive and unfair conduct in connection with the purchase of consumer goods and services, including real estate.  The Missouri Merchandising Practices Act provides for actual damages, punitive damages and attorneys’ fees.


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Q: I did not receive any notice before a repossession. What are my rights?

Missouri law requires you receive notice and time to bring the loan current prior to a repossession.  Notice is also required before your vehicle can be sold after a repossession. If you failed to receive notice of the repossession or notice of what happened to your vehicle after the repossession, you may have a claim for wrongful repossession.


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Q: What if I discover that the vehicle has more miles that indicated on the odometer?

Misrepresenting a vehicle’s mileage or rolling back an odometer is fraud.  


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Q: After signing all the paperwork and taking the vehicle home, the car dealer is telling me my financing did not go through.

This is called spot delivery or yo-yo financing fraud. The consumer signs all the paperwork and is given the final loan contract. Thinking the deal is final, the consumer drives the vehicle home and shows it off to his friends, co-workers and neighbors. Later,  the car dealer calls and says the financing fell through and that they cannot get the consumer qualified for the car loan and interest rate agreed to and that the consumer must sign a new contract.  The car dealer insists the consumer take a higher interest rate or make a larger down payment.  When the consumer objects, the car dealer may say that the trade-in has been sold or threatens to call the police and report the car stolen.  


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