TOYOTA DEALER SELLS “CERTIFIED” VEHICLE THAT’S A TOTAL LOSS – AND DOESN’T GIVE SPANISH TRANSLATION OF CONTRACT TO SPANISH-SPEAKING CUSTOMERS
Barragan v DKD of Davis Inc. dba Hanlees Toyota – Davis (Yolo County)
Our Spanish-speaking clients bought a 2015 Toyota Tacoma that was advertised as a “Toyota Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle,” but were not given a Spanish-language translation of the sales contract even though the sales transaction was in Spanish and our clients had no adults with them to translate between Spanish and English. Later, our clients discovered that the “Toyota Certified Pre-Owned” vehicle had been reported as a total loss by an insurance company – which meant that Hanlees Toyota was required to brand the vehicle’s title as “salvage” and cannot legally advertise and sell the vehicle as “certified”. California law requires that if the sales transaction is conducted mostly in Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, or Korean and you don’t have an adult come with you to translate, the dealership MUST give you copies of your sales documents in the language that was used. If you negotiated your purchase in one of those languages and didn’t get a translation of the English-language sales documents, or you’ve been sold a “certified pre-owned” vehicle that has concealed frame or structural damage or has been reported as a total loss by an insurance company, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Rosner Barry & Babbitt’s Auto Fraud Legal Center will provide you a FREE evaluation of your rights. We are here to help you!