The “dealer cartel case”Of cars in Spain opened in 2015 and six years later it gains momentum, now that affected buyers can now claim your compensation, which is stipulated between 2,000 and 9,000 euros per buyer.
In total, it is estimated that there are more than ten million individuals and companies those who can claim in about 147 dealers of cars of the 91% of brands currently sold in Spain. Is it your case? Do you know how to claim and where? We review the most frequent doubts and answer them.
Frequent doubts and answers about compensation
The Supreme Court has been ratifying in the last six months the multimillion-dollar fines imposed by the National Commission of Markets and Competition (CNMC) in 2015 to the main automobile manufacturers for violating competition rules and constituting a cartel for the exchange of information “secret, future and strategic”, which is considered abuse of power.
These ratifications open a new avenue for drivers who bought a new or used vehicle between 2006 and 2013 in some of the dealerships that are part of the scheme created to control the market and that are considered to have applied an extra cost to the customer, which they will now have to return.
How do I know if the dealer cartel case affects me?
Whether or not we can claim can be consulted for example through this tool prepared by the Group of People Affected by the Car Cartel (AACC).
Here you can check the list of dealers included in the plot, prepared by the OCU.
How much money corresponds to each affected?
Experts and econometric studies have estimated that the additional costs generated in these purchases represent around 10% of the amount paid, which translates into cost overruns of between 2,000 and 9,000 euros. Amounts that these customers can now claim.
Can I claim: How do I do it?
Once it has been verified that you are among the injured parties and that therefore you can claim compensation, the processing of it can be done both individually and collectively, through different platforms such as the AACC. The OCU has already formalized a lawsuit collective at the time, in which 160,000 consumers participated.
What documentation do I need to carry out the claim?
To successfully carry out the claim, the better provide the more documentation the better. At least the purchase invoice, the proof of payment of the rental or ‘leasing’ of the car, in addition to the technical file of the vehicle and the contracts signed in the sale.
What car brands are involved in the case?
The investigation affected brands such as: Alfa Romeo, Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Citroën, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Jeep, Kia, Lancia, Mercedes, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Opel, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault, Seat, Skoda, Volkswagen, Toyota and Volvo. Some of them no longer operate in the Spanish market.
Mazda, which was investigated at the beginning, was later acquitted.
How long do I have to claim my compensation?
The margin to present these returns is little more than a year from now on, although it may vary, depending on each case.
In the same way that the amounts of compensation do not suppose a fixed amount because it must be based on the quantification of the particular damage, the terms depend on many factors.
Thus, it will be a lawyer or an advisor who, after knowing the details of each particular case, can inform each affected person of the specific term.
What are my chances of winning if I claim?
The possibilities of obtaining a favorable ruling are many and there are already judgments that have given the reason to consumers, who have received compensation from around 10% of the purchase price.
In addition to the buyers affected at a particular level, owners of large car fleets, taxi drivers, VTC companies, renting companies, etc. will also go to court.
Thus, if only 10% of those affected claimed and the minimum of the range corresponded to them, “we are talking of 2,000 million euros that brands would have to pay out if they lost ”, as stated in an interview el consultor Frank Rodríguez Wedding Chest.