Consumer Protection

What does buying a car look like during a pandemic?

By | Lucy Baker
Consumer Defense, Associate

In October, US PIRG and Frontier Group released a report on how the pandemic has affected auto leasing and lending. We found that, like in a lot of industries, the pandemic has exacerbated already serious issues and has brought them to the forefront of our attention.

Amicus Brief of US PIRG Ed Fund and NCLC

U.S.  PIRG Education Fund's amicus, or friend of the court, brief, with the National Consumer Law Center, to the Ninth Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals in support of Appellees and Affirmance in a privacy case called Google Inc. Street View Electronic Communications Litigation.

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COVID-19 pandemic worsens existing consumer problems with car buying

Consumer complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) regarding vehicle loans and leases have increased sharply during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund and Frontier Group. The analysis suggests that consumers are facing abusive and deceptive practices from the automobile lending industry.

Auto Loan Complaints Rise

Fact sheet to accompany our report "Auto Loan COmplaints Rise," based on a dive into the CFPB Consumer Complaint Database.

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Auto Loan Complaints Rise

Our latest report, with the Frontier Group, finds that: Financing the purchase of a car is a minefield for consumers at even the best of times. Tricks and traps in the auto marketplace can leave consumers paying more for a car than they should – or, worse, to being victimized by predatory and abusive practices by auto dealers and lenders. COVID-19 has left consumers even more vulnerable. A review of complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Consumer Complaint Database reveals a sharp spike in consumer complaints about auto purchasing, leasing and financing since the beginning of the pandemic.

News Release | US PIRG Education Fund | Consumer Protection

FTC settles first case against VoIP provider for allowing illegal robocalls

This FTC settlement must be a wake-up call to phone service providers so they do more to protect consumers. If not, the FTC must be vigilant in going after companies that enable the immoral practice of preying on consumers. And the FCC should require providers to block spoofed calls that we all know are scams.

Choosing the best way to pay: Cash, credit cards, debit cards, P2P, checks or online payments

Cash has long been king. That hasn’t changed during the pandemic, despite the push by some merchants to discourage customers from paying with cash.

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