At YAA, we recently shared the steps you can take to challenge dealer add-ons, but what if it’s too late? When do misleading pricing, forced add-ons and financing games cross legal boundaries? Does the consumer have any recourse? Here’s what you need to know, and how you can file a complaint against a car dealer.
When Can I File a Complaint Against a Dealership?
Did a dealer sneak fees or add-ons into the contract after you agreed upon the price? Were there two versions of the final paperwork, one with add-ons that you weren’t supposed to see? Did someone in the finance office tell you that you could only secure financing if you purchased a product? These are all justifiable reasons for filing a complaint.
Where should you start? Before paperwork is signed, follow these steps to push back and demand transparency. If the car has already been bought and driven off the lot and the dealership management refuses to right their wrongs, filing a complaint with the state attorney general’s office will surely get their attention.
Here’s how to contact your state’s attorney general to file a complaint against a car dealer in all 50 states, DC and Puerto Rico:
Dealerships would rather not become the subject of legal action, so the mere mention of filing a complaint with the attorney general could be the motivation they need to make things right for you. If the state consumer protection agency receives too many complaints about a particular dealership or dealer group, the whole business can ultimately be at stake.
Keep your auto advocates at YAA in the loop if you’re thinking about filing a complaint. Don’t forget to leave a review of the dealership you worked with at YAA Car Dealer Reviews to let others know what you experienced.