Car Dealers & Auto Fraud

RI Used Car Safety and Inspection Requirements

RI Used Car Safety and Inspection Requirements

Under Rhode Island law and the regulations adopted by the Rhode Island DMV, car dealerships in Rhode Island: Cannot display a used car for sale unless it has a valid inspection sticker on it. Cannot sell a car unless it is in a condition to pass inspection. (Having a sticker is not enough; it must Read the full article…


Can a repair shop keep your car if you do not pay? Probably not.

Can a repair shop keep your car if you do not pay? Probably not.

There are many valid reasons you might refuse to pay a repair bill for your car. The garage may have: 1.Overcharged you; 2. Done work you did not authorize; 3. Not fixed it correctly. In Rhode Island, a repair shop generally must return your car – even if you have not paid the repair bill Read the full article…





National Consumer Protection Week

National Consumer Protection Week

  Its National Consumer Protection Week!!! Ok. Maybe it’s not as exciting as March Madness, but it’s a big deal for those of us who practice consumer law. The Federal Trade Commission organizes the week to help consumers make better-informed decisions regarding how they spend, save, and invest their money. The FTC also wants to Read the full article…






Used Car Dealer Caught Selling Dangerous Re-Built Wrecks. Again.

Two years ago, an Atlanta television station caught a used car dealer faking CarFax reports to trick customers into buying previously wrecked cars. What did the dealer do after getting caught? According to this report, it simply changed its name and kept running the scam. Unfortunately, new and used car sale people lie all the Read the full article…