Georgia dealer wants to add $499 documentation fee? Isn't that against the law in Georgia?

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Asked by Oct 28, 2016 at 03:41 PM about the Ford Explorer

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

They sent me a buyers order with an out the door price on a used car. It had a
$499 document fee added on top of the ad price. They wouldn't budge so I'm
calling the Georgia Office of Consumer Protection.

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40,505

If if is a government mandated fee in Georgia then you are stuck but that smells like a fee the dealer wants to charge you for filling out the sales paper work. I think you are on the right track.

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40,505

I would call the DMV in Georgia.

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These fees are voluntary. Usually dealers charge $50 to $100 but $499 is a rip off. There is nothing the State can do about it, these are fees the business is stating it will charge and it is legal, but very greedy.

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40,505

It takes the dealer 20 minutes or so to fill out the paper work. I would tell them no deal, they probably will take the fee off just like all the other ripoffs they try like undercoating, extended warranties and paint sealant.

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Not in Georgia! It's against the law to add any fee above the advertised price no matter what the fine print says. Only valid tax levied by the state. Read up in it here: http://consumer.ga.gov/uploads/Auto_Informer_-Issue_12_- _2013-11-14.pdf

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They can ad optional stuff that you agree to but not any BS fees to pump up a low advertised price, it's fraud! Imagine a grocery store charging you $20 for a bag or a restaurant adding $10 to put your food on a plate. Prices should include everything but sales tax.

18,615

You're getting screwed by this dealer. Walk away from this deal asap.

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25

I spoke with a Consumer Fraud Investigator at Georgia OCP, they are going to handle this one!!! The salesman and his manager will probably get fired and the dealer fined.

1,900

As a former Georgia used car dealer, I have to tell you that there's not a thing you can do about it. If you don't want the deal, you're not obligated, but if you buy the car, you will pay the fee.

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Well, according to the Georgia investigator, the dealer will be heavily fined. That's what consumers can do about it! There are plenty of dealers who abide by the law. The one I was dealing with will be fined and audited and forced to refund fraudulent fees they scammed from customers. NO, I won't pay the damn bullshit fee! Not in Georgia at least.

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I was a new car salesman for over ten years. Dealer documentation fees are perfectly legal, and whoever told you that the dealer would be fined doesn't know what he's talking about. If you don't want to pay the fee, don't buy the car. I don't see the problem.

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You former car salesmen don't realize is that in GEORGIA the laws changed a few years ago. Read up on it and quit trying to say it's still legal to add on fees! http://atlanta.cbslocal.com/2014/03/22/paying-dealer-fees-not- so-fast/

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