Dealership Advisor

Legal news and trends affecting the auto dealership industry

Mar 26, 2018

Ohio Now Accepting Electronic Signatures on Federal Odometer Statements

In a world of technological innovations, the automobile industry is no stranger to electronic trends.  However, regulations requiring car dealers to retain physical copies of documents and [...]

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Feb 26, 2018

But Where Does the Buyer’s Guide Go?

Following the FTC’s amendments to the Used Car rule in November 2016, an abundance of questions have plagued automobile dealers concerning compliance with the rule. One of [...]

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Jan 25, 2018

Dealers and Finance Companies Scramble to Comply with Changes to the Military Lending Act

While the nation prepared for the holiday season this past December, the Department of Defense (DOD) issued a new interpretation of the Military Lending Act (MLA) resulting [...]

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Dec 11, 2017

Auto Dealers Win as Ohio Court Rejects Class Action Lawsuit

It’s a win for auto dealers as a recent lawsuit alleging violations of the Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act (OCSPA) failed to achieve class action certification. This [...]

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Nov 07, 2017

Auto Repair Shops Claim Insurance Price-Fixing Breaks the Industry

In 2015, dozens of auto repair shops banded together to file a series of lawsuits across the country alleging that insurance companies, including State Farm, Allstate, and [...]

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Oct 30, 2017

Ohio Law: “As Is” Only Protects a Car Dealer from Implied Warranty Claims

Many car dealers believe that selling a vehicle “as is” prevents the buyer from bringing a lawsuit for defects. Unfortunately, “as is” does not bar all future claims. In Ohio, a buyer can maintain a fraud claim against a used car dealer even if the vehicle is sold “as is” if the dealer knew or should have known of vehicle defects.

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Oct 24, 2017

Insurer’s Cost-Saving Requirements for Auto Repairs Lead to Devastating (and Costly) Consequences

A Texas jury recently awarded a husband and wife $42 million in a lawsuit alleging that negligent repairs caused them to suffer serious and chronic injuries in [...]

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Oct 12, 2017

Proposed Legislation Targets Sales of Cars with Open Recalls

CarMax, the largest U.S. used car retailer, is continuing to find itself in hot water for selling vehicles with open recalls. Most recently,  the Consumers for Auto [...]

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Jun 19, 2017

Dealer Receives 5 Million Reasons to Comply with Consumer Protection Regulations

In a recent consent order with the Florida Attorney General’s office, a Jacksonville car dealer will waive approximately $5 million dollars in consumer debt.  The case may [...]

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May 26, 2017

New Law Brings Improvements to Ohio’s Unclaimed Vehicle Affidavit Process

As of April 4th, 2017, HB 341 has taken effect to provide an easier affidavit process for repair shops attempting to obtain title to an unclaimed vehicle. [...]

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