Auto Fraud and Repossession Abuse

Part of Civil Justice’s Economic Justice Project is focused on promoting models that will allow private attorneys to provide representation to Marylanders who are being victimized by unscrupulous auto dealers and auto financing companies.   While it is always possible to hire a lawyer at an hourly rate to provide representation in a matter against a car dealer of auto financing company that can be an expensive proposition. 

Private attorneys may be willing to provide representation without an upfront fee in certain types of cases. These cases normally involve a “fee-shifting” statute that allows the recovery of reasonable attorneys’ fees from an auto dealer or financing company under the right circumstances.  There are five main types of cases where Civil Justice’s Economic Justice Program may be able to help a Maryland consumer who is having issues relating to their car secure representation without cost to the consumer unless there is a successful resolution of the consumer’s issue:

1) Wrongful Repossession.
If your car was wrongfully repossessed when you were current on payments or if you were threatened by the auto repo man or denied access to your belongings in your car after repossession, you may have a cause of action.  Please click here for more details.

2) Lawsuits After a Repossession.
Dealers or auto financing companies will frequently sue their former customers after repossessing a vehicle.  We find that even in cases that seem difficult to defend, our panel of experienced auto repossession defense attorneys are often able to identify problems in the paperwork that may allow a consumer to avoid a judgment and possibly even turn things around and sue the business that is suing them.  Please click here for more details.

3) Auto Dealer Fraud.
If you buy a car from a used car dealer that immediately breaks down, you may have a cause of action against the dealership if it can be shown that the dealer knew of the problem and failed to disclose it.  Please click here for more details.

4) Used Auto Warranty Issues.
If you purchased a used car with a warranty but now the dealer is refusing to perform needed repairs in violation of the terms of the warranty, you may have a cause of action against the dealer.  Please click here for more details.

5) “Yo-Yo Sale” or “Spot Delivery.”
If you bought a car and you believe the deal is done and drive home with your car, and then you hear from the dealer saying that you need to bring the car back and agree to finance the car with different terms, the dealer may be violating the law.  Click here for more information.   

If you live in Maryland and have a case that falls into one of these categories, please call Civil Justice, free of charge, at (410) 706-0174 or fill out our online intake form here.  Civil Justice will ask you for basic information about your case and make referrals to our Network of private attorneys or other appropriate resources. For some types of cases, Civil Justice will ask you to provide us with documents about your case and we will attempt to place the case with a private attorney.  

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