Bad dealers can cause several problems, even if a purchaser is satisfied with the vehicle. Some of these problems are title and registration, odometer statements, and the fraudulent sale of services related to the purchase of the automobile.
1. Alter the 10,000 or 100,000 digit of the odometer r
2. Mutilate, initial, smear, erase, punch holes or staples in the odometer reading, VIN, year, etc.
3. Insert a decimal point in the odometer reading.
4. Use correction tape to remove information.
5. When there is a misaligned odometer reading or other information on the title; add letters to look like a serial or stock number and type in a new odometer reading or desired information.
6. Chemically alter the information on the title.
7. Alter the previous title number.
8. Stencil over typewritten information.
The transfer of the title is necessary because it shows the registration and ownership of the vehicle to the State of Texas and law enforcement officials. This is one of the reasons that you will receive a traffic citation if your license and registration are not current. The two principal documents that prove that your vehicle is registered are what is often referred to as the “blue slip” (the tax assessor collector’s receipt for collection of taxes). The second document is either the pink non-negotiable certificate of title (if you owe money to a lienholder) or the blue certificate of title (if you own the vehicle outright). Each of these documents come from the Texas Department of Transportation Motor Vehicles Division.
If you have not received a blue slip or title evidence within three weeks of the time that you purchased your vehicle you should write a letter to the dealer requesting transfer of the title. If you do not receive a title within one week of that letter you should contact an attorney. The failure to promptly receive a title is an indication that something may be seriously wrong in the purchase of the vehicle and you should consult an attorney.
Every seller of a vehicle must disclose the odometer of the vehicle at the time of sale. The only exceptions are for heavy commercial vehicles and a motor vehicle that is over ten years old. However, if a seller makes any statement regarding the odometer it may be responsible if the statement is inaccurate and you relied upon the statement. There are specific penalties for odometer fraud under both state and federal law. Odometer statements can be checked through services such as Carfax that are a good source of information but are not comprehensive. If you have reason basis to suspect that an odometer reading is inaccurate you may want to contact an attorney experienced in the field to make a closer inspection of your vehicle and its history.
Services Sold by Dealer With the Vehicle.
In addition to arranging loans, purchasing vehicles, and selling vehicles, automobile dealers often sell related services such as warranties and insurance. You are not required to purchase these items to obtain a loan UNLESS THE DEALER DECLARES IN WRITING THAT IT IS REQUIRED. It is extremely rare that dealers will make that requirement in writing although it is fairly common that consumers are told that it is. If you are purchasing a vehicle and are told that a warranty or insurance is necessary you should question this very carefully. You should also ask questions if you are told that you must buy a window etching service, an alarm system, a consumer package, a coupon booklet, or similar services. These are tremendous profit makers for an automobile dealer and they may tell you anything to convince you to purchase them. Other than warranties (or extended service contracts as they are often known) these services are often hugely overpriced and of minimal value.