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FTC Approves Consent Order in Texas Dealer’s Deceptive Advertising Case

The approval settles the FTC's December 2017 complaint against Dallas-based Cowboy Toyota regarding its Spanish-language newspaper ads. The regulator charged the dealership with violations of the FTC Act, TILA and the Consumer Leasing Act.

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N.Y.’s Major World Charged with Predatory Sales and Finance Practices

The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) has filed charges against Queens-based Major World and its three used-vehicle dealerships for allegedly employing deceptive financing and sales practices that targeted low-income and immigrant consumers.

CarMax, Asbury, West-Herr Automotive Settle FTC Recall Advertising Charges

The three retailers agreed to settle FTC charges that they touted rigorous inspections while failing to disclose that some vehicles were subject to unrepaired safety recalls. The FTC also finalizes orders against GM and two other sellers in similar cases settled earlier this year.

Nine-Store Los Angeles Group Charged With Payment Packing, Yo-Yo Financing

The Federal Trade Commission today charged nine Los Angeles-area dealerships and their owners with a wide range of deceptive, and unfair sales and financing practices, including payment packing and using "yo-yo" finanicng tactics.

Texas Dealers Agree to Pay $85,000 for Deceptive Advertising

Three Dallas-area dealerships have agreed to pay $85,000 to settle charges that they violated a 2014 Federal Trade Commission (FTC) administrative order that barred them from deceptively advertising the cost of buying or leasing a car.

Former Nissan Dealer to Pay $101,986 for Deceptive Practices

About 119 former customers of Saratoga Springs Nissan who were charged illegal fees and sold F&I products without their knowledge will share in $101,986 in restitution, according to the settlement reached between the dealership's former owner and the New York Attorney General's Office.

Low-Hanging Fruit

Countless examples prove that dealer advertising is an easy target for regulators.

GM, Jim Koons and Lithia Settle FTC’s Complaints Regarding CPO Claims

The regulator said the three companies agreed to settle its charges that they failed to disclose that some certified pre-owned vehicles were subject to open and unrepaired safety recalls despite claims of rigorous inspections in advertisements.

Ohio Dealers Settle FTC’s Deceptive Advertising Charges

The FTC announced this week that it has reached an agreement with two Ohio dealers to settle charges that their lease advertisements violated the FTC Act and the Consumer Leasing Act’s Regulation M.

Calif. DMV Puts Tesla Motors on Notice

In response to the state dealer association’s claims that Tesla Motors is in violation of state and federal advertising laws, the state DMV issued a warning to electric vehicle makers about adhering to such laws.