State Busts Dealers Posing as Private Sellers Featured

By Staff Writer November 18, 2018

Pennsylvania’s attorney general filed 20 legal actions against auto dealers and salespeople in 11 counties in the state for violating consumer protection laws and deceptively advertising motor vehicles.

The actions were part of an advertising sweep that targeted auto dealers and their salespeople who advertised vehicles for sale without disclosing that the sale was being conducted by a dealer, as is required under Pennsylvania law. All auto dealers in this sweep advertised on Craigslist as individual sellers, rather than as dealers, providing insufficient information to consumers viewing their postings.

Specifically, the investigations conducted by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, Bureau of Consumer Protection targeted car dealers advertising on websites like Craigslist in the “for sale by owner” section. The fact that the car was being sold by a dealership was not disclosed in the advertisement.

The Office of Attorney General collected more than $10,500 in civil penalties and costs for the illegal advertisement of at least 178 vehicles to Pennsylvania consumers.

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