CarMax Accused of Misleading Consumers About Vehicle Rental History
Lawyers say company doesn't properly disclose vehicles once used in rental fleets, violated 2008 class-action suit.
CarMax will ask the judge to throw out the petition. A company representative said that CarMax "is in compliance with Maryland law” and that it uses a window sticker to identify some vehicle information, "which includes the word rental where applicable.”
Lawyers for the plaintiffs assert that information about a vehicle's time in a rental fleet is "camouflaged and deceptive" and that ambiguous terms such as "business use," "loaner" and "executive vehicle" are used to confuse or mislead buyers as to a vehicle's rental history. The petition also notes that while rental-history disclosures are found on the buyer's order, it is not present in the legally binding financing agreement.
According to Wheels, the judge "has been asked to require CarMax to immediately comply with the 2008 settlement; to appoint an official to monitor CarMax compliance for five years; and to order compensation for consumers who bought vehicles without being given the proper disclosure."
Used cars of any kind have inherent risks. The best way to protect yourself is to buy a "Certified Pre-Owned" vehicle with a comprehensive extended warranty from the original manufacturer and make sure there is a free loaner car provision.
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