What Kind of Lawyer Do You Need to Sue a Car Dealership

What Kind of Lawyer Do You Need to Sue a Car Dealership

If you believe a car dealership defrauded or deceived you during the sale of a vehicle, you may want to sue them. But what kind of lawyer do you need to sue a car dealership?

See also: Possible Red Flags or Signs of a Scam When Buying a Car.

Auto Fraud Lawyers Can Represent You Against Deceptive Car Dealers

An auto fraud or consumer protection lawyer that specializes in auto dealer disputes can help you sue a dealership. They are experienced in relevant laws like:

  • State consumer protection acts
  • Federal laws regulating car sales
  • State vehicle lemon laws
  • Laws prohibiting false advertising and fraud

These attorneys can evaluate if the dealer violated the law during your transaction. They can explain your options and legal rights. If you have a valid case, they can represent you in negotiations or litigation against the dealership. Many work on a contingency fee basis.

Know the Most Common Car Dealer Scams

Familiarize yourself with typical dealer scams before meeting with a lawyer:

  • Odometer fraud – Illegally altering the mileage on a car’s odometer to show lower miles
  • History fraud – Concealing crash damage, flood damage, or other defects
  • Spot delivery scam – Dealer claims your financing fell through after you took the car and makes you sign a new contract
  • Bait and switch advertising – Dealer advertises a car they don’t actually have to lure you in
  • Added fees or products – Dealer tacks on unnecessary “add-ons” to increase the price

Understand Laws That Protect Car Buyers

In your consultation, ask the attorney to explain key laws like:

State Consumer Protection LawsProtect against deceptive business practices like false advertising
Federal Odometer ActProhibits odometer tampering
Federal Warranty ActRequires dealers to honor warranties
State Vehicle Lemon LawsHelp buyers with defective new cars

Find an Attorney Experienced in Auto Dealer Lawsuits

Look for a lawyer with specific expertise in auto dealer disputes and litigation when possible. Key credentials to seek out:

  • Membership in lawyer associations like the National Association of Consumer Advocates
  • Past experience handling auto fraud cases
  • Knowledge of state and national consumer protection laws
  • History of favorable verdicts and settlements against dealerships

Understand How Auto Dealer Lawsuits Work

In your initial meeting, ask the lawyer to walk through the auto dealer litigation process:

  • How long do these cases typically take to resolve?
  • What are the steps in a lawsuit against a dealership?
  • What kind of evidence is needed to prove fraud?
  • What are the possible legal remedies and damages you can recover?

Make sure you understand timeframes, costs, and possible outcomes before deciding if litigation is your best option.


With the right legal help, you may be able to get compensation or remedies if you were the victim of car dealer fraud. Do your research to find an experienced auto fraud attorney who can evaluate your case and counsel you on the best course of action.

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Steve is a former licensed car dealer located in the State of Florida.  He has many years of experience buying, selling, and working on cars mechanically and started Autohitch to help buyers and Sellers navigate the complex lands of Car Buying.