West Virginia Public Broadcasting recently covered a story about a local man who claims that a Nissan dealership ripped him off via the Cash for Clunkers program. The consumer wanted to trade in his Ford Explorer for an Altima hybrid, but says that the dealership didn’t play by the rules. Specifically, he claims that the dealership forced him to sign a $4,500 promissory note in the event that the dealer didn’t get the rebate from the government – something that Cash for Clunkers specifically prohibited. The program also required that the dealer disclose the salvage value of the vehicle, and that the amount be included in the negotiations; the consumer says the dealer told him he wasn’t entitled to the salvage value. Finally, they asked him to part with his clunker and wait for his new car until the dealer received the government rebate.
Posted by Sergei Lemberg, Esq. on September 22nd, 2009