Can I sue if a dealership sold the car that I was in the process of buying?

I work for the government, I recently purchased 5 cars from this dealership, this upcoming month I was in the process of buying a car, and everything was perfect we reached a verbal agreement, and I told the dealer that only thing thats left was for my government sector to fax all the financial information etc. ( the government was basically paying the cars price). Anyways, today the dealer called me and said some other person wants the same car with the same options and we are going to sell it to him. What I’m planning on doing is to call the main HQ in Germany to complain.

Asked on August 1, 2012 under General Practice, Texas


B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You can file a deceptive trade practices suit since they "lured" you in with a promise of a certain product for a certain price, then yanked it.  However, your issue is going to be the cost-effectiveness of the suit.  To make these types of suits worthwhile, you really need to be able to show how you were damaged- otherwise-- the remedy is a meger penalty.  Since you weren't out any money and you didn't suffer a loss, you'll be spending quite a bit of money for nothing.  I would suggest you call the HQ in Germany like you planned... but also file a complaint with the Attorney General's Office.  They have an online complaint system on their website.  The more complaints they get or the more egregious the deceptive practice, the more likely they are to do something about the business... and better yet... they will file the lawsuit which means no more money out of your pocket. You should also follow-up with a complaint to the BBB-- if this business is a bad organization, you'll want to get the info to as many people as possible.

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