Consumer Lawyer

In a recent case T. Michael Flinn represented a consumer in a claim against the dealership owned by chairman of the Georgia Independent Automobile Dealer’s Association.  The consumer visited the lot and located a car and contracted to buy same. While she waited for what they told her was their obtaining another key on her […]

Don’t let them fool you.  This is basically just a way for the dealer to get a bad car off his hands and try to make a quick buck hoping nobody will notice. I have recently filed four lawsuits against the same car dealer, Loving Care Cars of Atlanta, Georgia for selling cars without a […]

A recent posting by the Georgia Governor’s Office of Consumer Protection helps provide the answer.  Georgia law requires that certain documents be provided to you in completed form before you sign them.  These include the Bill of Sale, The Retail Installment Sales Contract and the Odometer Statement.  If you live in the metropolitan Atlanta area […]

Many times I get calls from consumers who know that their dealer has defrauded them my misrepresenting the car, or by selling a car without a valid passing emissions certificate, or by selling a car that has title issues and cannot be registered.  These folks are often faced by a finance company that financed the […]

I have posted previously about used car dealers’ use of Carfax to fraudulently sell a wrecked car as not having been wrecked. In this report I want to show an actual example of how this occurs.  A dealer sold the consumer a car as a clean unwrecked car.  The dealer salesman told the consumer the car […]

It’s official. NHTSA has issued the final rule. And the dealers who are fighting against legislation to stop them from selling unsafe recalled used cars to the public were wrong. Contrary to their claims, NHTSA opted not to create a single, centralized database, since the vast majority of auto manufacturers already make safety recall info […]

A recent Georgia case demonstrates just how far RV manufacturers and RV dealers will go to insulate themselves from liability for warranty claims and other RV defects. In this case the consumer bought the coach for approximately $200,000 from a Georgia dealer. At the closing, the consumers were never allowed to hold the documents. The […]

Georgia Law requires that all sellers of gasoline-powered cars and light-duty trucks (8,500 pounds gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) or less), regardless if they are a private party, dealership or auctioneer, must sell a vehicle with a current, valid passing Georgia Vehicle Emission Inspection Report (VIR) if the buyer is going to register the vehicle […]

We have previously reported about Autofraud involving emissions testing.  In a recent case involving the sale of a used car that did not pass emissions to a consumer that lived in a “clean air” county, the court upheld the consumer assertion that this was an unfair business practice.  In the case of Urbani v. Guaranteed […]

It is our position that there should not be any confidentiality in settlements of auto dealer fraud cases. In the typical consumer case, the auto dealer will want to condition its agreement to pay money to the consumer as compensation or reimbursement for damages caused by the dealer’s wrongful/illegal conduct on the consumer’s agreement not […]