The Most Common Types of Car Storage Fraud: How to Spot Them and Protect Yourself

The Most Common Types of Car Storage Fraud: How to Spot Them and Protect Yourself

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Car storage facilities can be a convenient and secure option for storing your vehicle, but unfortunately, some facilities engage in fraudulent practices that can leave car owners feeling taken advantage of. In this article, we'll outline the most common types of car storage fraud, how to spot them, and what you can do to protect yourself.

1. Bait and Switch Tactics

One of the most common types of car storage fraud is the bait and switch tactic. This is when a facility advertises a low price or special offer to attract customers, but then once the customer arrives, they are told that the unit or service is not available and pressured to pay more for a different option. To avoid falling for this scam, it's important to research the facility thoroughly beforehand and read reviews from previous customers.

2. Hidden Fees

Another common type of car storage fraud is the addition of hidden fees. These can include administrative costs, late payment fees, move-out fees, or other charges that are not disclosed upfront. To protect yourself from hidden fees, make sure to read the storage contract carefully and ask for clarification on any unclear terms.

3. Inadequate Security Measures

A storage facility has a responsibility to provide adequate security measures to protect stored vehicles from theft or damage. However, some facilities may not have the necessary security in place, leaving your car vulnerable to theft or damage. To protect yourself, research the security measures that the facility has in place before signing a contract.

4. Unauthorized Access

If someone gains unauthorized access to your stored vehicle and steals or damages it, this could be considered negligence on the part of the storage facility. To protect yourself, ask the facility what measures they have in place to prevent unauthorized access and theft.

5. Limited Insurance Coverage

Some car storage facilities offer insurance policies to customers to protect their vehicles while in storage. However, these policies may be so limited in coverage that they are essentially worthless. To protect yourself, make sure to read the insurance policy carefully and ask questions about any limitations.

In conclusion, car storage fraud can be a frustrating and costly experience, but by being aware of the common types of fraud and taking steps to protect yourself, you can minimize your risk. If you do find yourself the victim of fraud, don't hesitate to reach out to an experienced attorney who can help you fight back and protect your rights.

At Law Office of Howard A. Gutman, our attorneys specialize in defending against fraudulent actions in car storage facilities. We offer a free consultation to help you understand your legal options and protect your rights.

If you believe that you have been a victim of car storage fraud: 

➡ Call us at (973) 598-1980 for a Free Consultation with one of our Experienced Attorneys

See also: Don't Fall for Car Dealer Bait and Switch Tactics: Your Rights as a Consumer