Category: Used Car Scams

Florida Used Car Buyers Beware

Posted on 02/15/13 by Dana Manner
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass., December 12, 2012 – Car shoppers looking to save money by buying a used car instead of a new one will want to take note of findings from a recent study by auto shopping site CarGurus (www.cargurus.com), which indicate that roughly one in six (16%) used cars listed for sale in the U.S. shows […]

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Florida Car Dealer’s Motion to Compel Arbitration Denied

Posted on 02/05/13 by Dana Manner
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On February 5, 2013 – County Court Judge Sharon Zeller entered an order denying Wow Auto Deals, LLC Motion to Compel Arbitration in a case where a Pembroke Pines, Florida car buyer complained that Wow Auto Deals fraudulently sold them a car with defective or missing airbags. In response to the complaint filed in Broward County by Dana L. Manner, […]

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eBay Car Buyers Must Do More Research Before Bidding

Posted on 12/03/12 by Dana Manner
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Take a look at this 2010 GMC TERRAIN SL 3.0L 6 VIN: 2CTFLGEY6A6349475 being auctioned off on eBay by Clearwater Florida used car dealer (eBay User ID: “flautomall” a/k/a Florida Cars http://flautopark.com/) who has been the subject of prior stories posted on the MannerLaw Blog. The pictures on the internet look good, and the dealer has a link […]

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Super Storm Sandy Flood Damaged Cars May Soon Come to Market

Posted on 11/14/12 by Dana Manner
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In the wake of Super Storm Sandy stories abound about flood damaged cars that are going to be dumped onto the market and that unsuspecting buyers will be victimized by criminal used car dealers. Hurricane Katrina changed the laws when it comes to insurance companies reporting flood damage vehicles, and that “flood damage” should be […]

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Canadian TV Exposes “Holes” in Carfax Vehicle History Reports

Posted on 10/28/12 by Dana Manner
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A Canadian TV broadcast (CBC’s “Marketplace” Canada’s Investigative Consumer Show) exposes holes “big enough to drive a truck through” in Carfax vehicle history reports. This video segment shows how many cars that appear to have clean vehicle histories can actually have hidden damage and prior repairs. Used car dealers can exploit these gaps in reporting, […]

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A Rose By Any Other Name – Clearwater Florida Used Car Dealer Still Has Thorns

Posted on 10/26/12 by Dana Manner
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About six months ago, it came to my attention that a used car dealer in Clearwater, Florida was selling cars on eBay that have “clean” titles and vehicle history reports (e.g. AutoCheck or Carfax) that appear to be good, but car buyers need to read the fine print in this dealer’s eBay advertisements very carefully. […]

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Miami Car Dealers Fall Victim to Their Own Sales Practices

Posted on 10/15/12 by Dana Manner
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After a year-long investigation into auto fraud by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, 9 suspects (including a Miami Beach police officer) were arrested last month on September 7, 2012   related to a scheme to defraud Miami-area car dealers, for nearly a half-million dollars. George Robert Navarro, 26, a Miami Beach police officer, was charged […]

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Top Ten Dealer Scams to Avoid When Buying a Car in Florida

Posted on 10/11/12 by Dana Manner
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10. Dealer Back End “Packing” and Add-ons In addition to financing your car, buyers will be offered or perhaps pressured into purchasing add-ons from a m”menu” that can inflate the profit to the dealer, and give little or no value to the consumer. These add-ons can be “GAP” insurance, credit life insurance, to VIN etching, […]

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Another New Identity on eBay for “Florida Cars” Clearwater Used Car Dealer

Posted on 10/03/12 by Dana Manner
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Once again, Clearwater Florida used car dealer ”Florida Cars” has been reincarnated a second time, on eBay after acquiring the eBay ID formerly known as “jimc5768” which had a more favorable reputation/feedback history, dating back to August 22, 2005. Now Florida Cars has assumed a new “clean” eBay identity with which to offer its cars with “clean” titles to unwary […]

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Government Crash Test Cars Being Rebuilt and Sold to Consumers

Posted on 10/03/12 by Dana Manner
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More than 10 years ago, the Washington Post ran an article about former “crash-test” cars that were being sold by the government after the destructive tests were complete, and were rebuilt and their titles “washed” and resold to unsuspecting consumers. The National Highway Transportation Safety Adminstration (NHTSA) took steps to track down some of these […]

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