After waiting months to find an electric vehicle, Vancouver residents Dan West and Bryan Balmer thought the search was finally over.
They saw an advertisement for a used 2020 Volkswagen E-Golf and arrived at the local dealership to take it for a test drive. However, the joy of getting behind a new set of wheels quickly subsided when they offered to pay cash for the car.
“We had the money and it made no sense to finance something that we didn’t have to finance,” said West.
However, West and Balmer said the dealership refused their cash offer and told them the only option was to finance the vehicle.
… The non-profit Automobile Protection Association (APA) told Consumer Matters forced financing is a deceitful tactic.
“It amounts to the customer to a hidden charge that’s not in the ad price. The customer is being asked to pay interest so that the dealer can collect a commission from the lender. That isn’t right if the customer doesn’t need the loan,” George Iny from the APA said.
“APA’s position is if they are going to do that they need to make you whole because you are paying interest on that loan whether you like it or not for at least three months and in many cases six months .”
Iny said the APA has heard of several reports of forced financing happening across the country and supply chain pressures are only making it worse.
“What we have seen with the shortages that followed is that greed has taken over,” he said.