My practice focuses on consumer fraud, particularly by car dealerships. Car dealers often sell defective vehicles to their customers without revealing the defect. Sometimes the dealer knows about the defect and sometimes it does not. In Oregon it does not matter. Sellers of consumer goods have a duty to reveal defects in their products that they knew or should have known existed. A car dealer cannot hide behind an “as is” form either. Car dealers who commit fraud, and any other business in Oregon that commits fraud, is liable for the consumer’s out-of-pocket losses as well as their attorney fees.
As a general rule, if something about a recent consumer transaction doesn’t feel right, that is often a good indication that your rights have been violated and you should contact a lawyer.