Salt Lake City, UT asked in Contracts, Business Law and Lemon Law for Utah

Q: Is it legal to deny a person a foreign vehicle when applying for an auto loan?

I bought a vehicle from a dealership 6 months ago I just found out a week and a half ago that the vehicle they sold me was stolen they told me to bring back the vehicle and they would get me a new vehicle and now when I put my application in I was told that I don't qualify for European vehicles and they went through a different loan company that's when they originally went through I'm trying to find out if I'm being jerked around

1 Lawyer Answer
Kenneth Prigmore
Kenneth Prigmore
  • Spanish Fork, UT
  • Licensed in Utah

A: I am not aware of a law preventing a specific individual from owning a foreign car. Some foreign cars will have difficulty being imported to the US without a lot of paperwork, but I can't imagine how a particular individual would be prevented from making a purchase.

Also, it is extremely unusual for a car dealer in utah to sell a stolen car. This sounds made up, and may actually be the dealer scheming to take the car back and sell it to someone else for more. They may have lied to you. I would demand a copy of the police documentation of the theft, then take it to the police to verify the documentation.

I would not recommend dealing with the same car dealer in the future.

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