Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission Urges Consumers to Report Deceptive Car Ads

by SpeedLux
Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance

With the recent arrival of federal stimulus checks, some Tennessee consumers may use the funds to buy new vehicles. Noting this, the Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission cautions against some unscrupulous auto dealers and salespeople that might seize the opportunity for the financial benefit at consumers’ expense.

Before buying a vehicle, the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance and the Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission urge consumers to remember some simple tips to avoid being taken for a ride by misleading vehicle advertisements that might put a fraudster in the driver’s seat.

The Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission has the main authority over motor vehicle dealer advertising in Tennessee. Its authority is also shared with other agencies, such as the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office and the Federal Trade Commission.

“In recent months, we have seen an increase of complaints related to auto dealers potentially violating state advertising laws,” said Commission Executive Director Denise Lawrence. “While Tennessee’s motor vehicle laws protect consumers, the best defense against deceptive automobile advertisements is education. By educating Tennesseans about automobile advertisement regulations, we hope to equip them with confidence in making their next vehicle purchase.”

If a consumer feels he or she is the victim of an unfair or misleading business practice when dealing with an auto dealer or salesperson, consumers can file a complaint online with the Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission or contact the official team at (615) 741-2711 or by email at motor.vehicle@tn.gov.

Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission encourages consumers to remember these basic guidelines regarding automobile advertisements:

  • Advertisements for the new automobiles must indicate their stock number.
  • Keep a copy of the advertisement or take a screenshot and reference it.
  • Call ahead and make sure the advertised vehicle is still on the dealer’s lot. Reference the stock number.
  • If the automobile on the lot is not what is being advertised, you should steer clear.
  • Beware of balloon payments. Balloon payments promise you a temporary low price just to entice you into signing a deal. But once you sign, the rest of the loan is much, much higher than you thought.
  • When it comes to payment advertisements that concentrate on how much you’ll pay, the ads must include all costs, charges, and any fees payable.
  • Avoid dealers who claim “We are No. 1 in car sales!”, “Name your own price” or “Lowest price in town!” Those are unsubstantiated and misleading claims and are disallowed.
  • All advertisements must identify the dealer by their business name and/or their state-issued dealer license number.
  • Consumers should only purchase a vehicle from a licensed salesperson or motor vehicle dealer.
  • Before you buy, visit verify.tn.gov to check the license status of the salesperson or the dealership you’re visiting.

You may also like

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


SpeedLux is a high-authority automotive blog providing the latest automotive news and reviews. SpeedLux covers everything related to cars, bikes, and motorcycles, from news and reviews, to troubleshooting guides, tips and tricks, and more. SpeedLux was born in 2009 and we have over 20,000 articles published on our blog. We thank all our readers, as well as our partners, without whom we could not have reached this level.


©2009 – 2024 SpeedLux – Daily Automotive News and Reviews. All Right Reserved.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More