Sale of Used Motor Vehicle Goods as New

Under Florida Statute Section 817.413(1), Florida law prohibits:

With respect to a transaction for which any charges will be paid from the proceeds of a motor vehicle insurance policy, it is unlawful for the seller to knowingly misrepresent orally, in writing, or by failure to speak, that the goods are new or original when they are used or repossessed or have been used for sales demonstration.

The penalties for misrepresenting the sale or used car goods as new depends on the purchase price of the goods:

  • if the purchase price of the motor vehicle goods is $1,000 or more,  the crime is a felony of the third degree, punishable by up to 5 years in prison;
  • if the purchase price of the motor vehicle goods is less than $1,000, the crime is a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable by up to. 12 months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Attorneys for Misrepresenting the Sale of Used Motor Vehicle Goods in Florida

If you are charged with misrepresenting the sale of used motor vehicle goods new or any other type of fraudulent practice, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at Sammis Law Firm.

Our main office is located in Tampa, FL. We also have a second office in New Port Richey in Pasco County, FL.

Call 813-250-0500 today.

This article was last updated on Friday, June 27, 2019.