Buying a used car can be an exciting experience, but it comes with risks, particularly when it involves fraud. Fortunately, Illinois has robust consumer protection laws, and recent court decisions shed light on how these laws are applied in cases of used car fraud. In this blog post, we’ll explore key court decisions in Illinois that have significant implications for consumers and dealerships involved in used car transactions.
**1. People v. Atlantic Auto Group, Inc. (2020 IL App (1st) 181609)
In this Illinois Appellate Court decision, the court addressed deceptive advertising practices by a used car dealership. The court found that the dealership’s advertising, which touted false price reductions, violated the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act. This decision reaffirmed the importance of truth in advertising and the consequences for dealerships engaging in deceptive practices.
**2. Barton v. Auto Auction Mall, Inc. (2021 IL App (2d) 200450)
This Illinois Appellate Court case centered on an online car auction platform. The court ruled that the platform could be held liable for fraudulent misrepresentations made by a seller on its platform. This decision highlights the responsibility of online car marketplaces to monitor and address fraudulent listings. Continue reading ›