Dealership Add-ons

Car Dealership Add-ons Scam: How It Works

Many car dealerships use deceptive practices to pull in clients and rip them off using specific techniques that are borderline illegal. Of course, not all dealerships are the same, but we are referring to the ones that don’t hesitate to take advantage of consumers‘ lack of industry knowledge. If you went through such an experience, feel free to leave a comment at the end of the article. Let’s dive into some situations that expose car dealership tricks that you should look for.

Let’s imagine this scenario: You’ve shopped around for months and have finally found your new car – the perfect combination of stylish and affordable. The salesperson at the dealership is helpful, and you’re ready to move from the showroom into the office to make it official.

After preparing the contract, you are handed the final invoice – which it turns out, is a little more than you expected.

You ask about the several charges. For example: underneath paint sealant, seats – fabric spraying with protective silicon, rust-proof spraying, necessary new alarm. You are told these are must purchases and that it would be silly to buy a car without rust-proofing. Besides, the vehicles arrive at the dealership like this. Before you know it, your car is almost a thousand dollars more than expected and your salesperson is driving home from the dealership in their new car, courtesy of your commission.

Watch the video below to see in action many other car dealership deceptive practices:

Car Dealership Scams Exposed Video


Car Dealership Add-ons Scam: How To Avoid

Adding certain things may seem like a necessary part of the sale so many people just accept the charges. Most of them are not mandatory, so stand up for yourself and call their bluff!


Car Dealership Add-ons Scam: How To Report

Make your family and friends aware of the Car Dealership Add-on Scam by sharing it on social media. You can also officially report scammers and questionable auto dealerships to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

Report To The FTC Here


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Joann Pelliccia

I have been scammed by Napleton Hyundai, WPB,Fla. I brought my 2003 Accent into service dept due to the check engine light on. I requested to see a car salesman, while, I wait for my car, because I was sent via US Mail a flyer stating "Lease a new 2014 Accent for only $88 a month." I just wanted to know what that was all about (military only)which was not mentioned on the flyer. "I was not a buyer and had no intention of purchasing a new car", I kept telling this car salesman, "I can’t afford a new car"… Read more »


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