Car Dealers and Consumer Protections

Dave Johnson

Richard (RJ) Eskow wrote a couple of days ago, in Traded-In: These “Used” Senators Sold Out The Troops For Auto Dealer Cash

You know why Americans place car salespeople at the very bottom of the list when asked to rate professions for honesty and ethics? Probably because they’ve bought a car. And they don’t know the half of it.

. . . Think about it: If they were acting honorably and fairly, why would auto dealers object to being treated like other lenders?

Twenty-one Democratic Senators sided with all of the Republicans to back a measure from GOP Sen. Sam Brownback to direct Senate negotiators to exclude auto dealers from the consumer financial protection group that will be created in financial reform.

Seriously, car dealers?

I just came across this in the local paper’s Action Line:

Lawrence: Here is another question. My daughter leased a car about two weeks ago. Then they said they missed some vehicle stock number so they made a new contract and had my daughter re-sign the docs. She did. Now they said the charge per mile over the contracted miles should be 25 cents rather than what was in the contract, 15 cents. I don’t agree since it is all signed by both parties and consideration has been given to seal the contract. What is your view?

As Richard pointed out,

Twenty-one Democratic Senators sided with all of the Republicans to back a measure from GOP Sen. Sam Brownback to direct Senate negotiators to exclude auto dealers from the consumer financial protection group that will be created in financial reform.

Car dealers? Really?

I’m just sayin’.

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