A topic I never thought I’d have to address has forced itself upon me. I’d be scared to tell you how often people call my office after buying a car sight-unseen, usually off the internet. That went wrong? Who’d a thunk it?!

It goes like this: My phone rings (or an email arrives). Someone starts telling me about how they bought a car “off the internet” and they got ripped off. They were shipped a different car. The photos didn’t show obvious damage. Things were wrong with the car which wouldn’t show in a photo. The list is endless.


What can they do now?

The caller/emailer is hoping I can undo the deal through some magic incantations only a lawyer would know. Bad news: When ripped off buying sight unseen, the buyer is often left without a remedy. Or, if there is one, the cure might be painful and not worth pursuing.

I’ve seen it again and again. And yes, I have handled a few cases for people who were ripped off in a way that I could help with. But that is usually the exception and not the rule.

I explain it all in this week’s podcast. The audio:


And the video:

And the top pic is of a later model GTO at the Orphan museum in Ypsilanti. Back when GM could slap a non-functional hoodscoop on a Nova and call it a GTO.


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Steve Lehto has been practicing law for 24 years, almost exclusively in consumer protection and Michigan lemon law. He wrote The Lemon Law Bible and Chrysler’s Turbine Car: The Rise and Fall of Detroit’s Coolest Creation.


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