Arizona Attorney General

Mark Brnovich

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Advertising

Beware of advertised minimum trade-in amounts. Dealers may have already greatly raised the price of the car that you are buying to offset the value of your trade-in or lower values based on mileage or condition. Also, any debt still owed on a trade-in will be added to your new loan.

Be skeptical of car advertisements and always read the fine print. Sometimes, the advertised deal only applies to a few vehicles and is available only under certain conditions. Dealers may advertise prices that include rebates not available to most consumers (such as military, student or only with dealer financing)

Watch out for prizes or lotteries. Dealers often design contests to bring you into the dealership. Although you may think you have a good chance of winning a valuable prize, almost all customers receive the lowest value prize available, and some leave with an unwanted new vehicle.