Buying a New Car: But the ad from the dealer said…

Shopping for a new car can be fun and exciting. It also can be stressful, wading through ads and promotions offered by dealers. But a sure fire way to deflate a deal faster than hitting a spike strip on the open highway is to show up at a dealership expecting to pay the advertised price only to be told that’s not the actual price or you’re not eligible for the discounted price.

In its continuing crackdown on deceptive car ads, the FTC recently settled cases against two car dealers from Maryland and Ohio. The dealers falsely advertised the cost or available discounts for their vehicles by: advertising discounts and prices that were not generally available to consumers, or misrepresenting that vehicles were available at a specific dealer discount when, in fact, the discounts were only available for particular versions of the vehicles, often one of the more expensive versions.

The fact is, and the law states, if a dealer advertises discounts or prices, the ads must clearly explain how a buyer may qualify for them.

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Happy Motoring!

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Comments

This practice is shameful. The punishment for these people would be much worse if I was calling the shots!

I got screwed out the first car, it was a lemon, dealer said would replace with another new car. Not so they used the first new car for a trade=in, The bank loaned over the amount the second car was worth, the dealer took the first car, 3038 miles, the bank repoed the second new car and sold it, and now calling me everyday to pay $11,000.00. And this is what I fought for back in 68 and 69!!!! Someone stop this crazy world, I need off now. And no none of the gov. people I have contacted are willing to help. You either have to be rich, or be a group, Hell, I;m just a broke old 100% DAV No help for me. Go figure!!

Well I guess my first comment was not good. So I will just say do not count your chicks before they hatch if you are dealing with the FTC, for when I put in my complaint, no more than 3 seconds and the computer said could not help. GO FIGURE!!

Southwest Kia of Rockwall, Texas is engaging in fraudulent internet advertising. The advertise very competitive prices called "internet specials" but when you sit down to sign the contract, they add in over $800 to the price and explain it away as a "dealer prep fee." They absolutely refuse to take the fee off, and they claim that their web site discloses this additional fee and that "prices may change at any time without notice." False, misleading and they get away with it. Their pricing is good even WITH that undisclosed fee, so it's hard to walk away from a good deal once you drive an hour out to Rockwall from North Dallas to pick up a car you thought you already negotiated the price for. It's annoying and gives car dealers a bad name.

Yea I know the group -- RON CARTER Hyundai in Houston does the same only much worse!! Said the specific car I negotiated was there and ready for me the night before going down there!! Got there and NO CAR and the sales person that told me it was there was gone too!! They didn't even have a car anywhere close to the one I wanted!! They are the lowest of the low because we traveled hundreds of miles for this car and were scammed! NOT the first time they have done this too (Car.com dealer reviews) When I asked WHY I was lied to they got defensive and had no deal!! Stay away from this sorry place!!

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