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Practical tips for claims by car cartel victims

Through this publication we intend to summarize a series of practical tips for the claim of those affected by the so-called car cartel.

The brands affected by the cartel are the following: 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.

The period of purchase of the vehicles must be circumscribed in the period from February 2006 to August 2013.

In principle the claim will be viable if the payment of the vehicle was made in cash or through any line of financing.
The term to claim is one year (article 1.968 of the Civil Code) since the publication of the Supreme Court Ruling 633/2021, which confirms the sanction imposed on the brands by the CNMV Board. Being conservative, we will set the starting date of the initial computation of the claim on May 6, 2021. Therefore, claims may be filed until May 5, 2022.

In any case, as this is a limitation period, it will restart (for another one-year period) if an out-of-court claim is filed before the trademark. Our advice and representation will start at this stage.

Then, considering other previous precedents such as the truck cartel, it will be necessary to go to court to claim the compensation derived from the anti-competitive practices confirmed by the Supreme Court Ruling.
The claim must be accompanied by an expert opinion in which the economic damage suffered will be established, which may range (according to previous reports and court rulings of other cartels) between 5 and 20% of the purchase price of the vehicle.

Contact us and we will be in charge of intervening in each of the phases mentioned above, collaborating with the most reliable experts, with the sole purpose of making your claim a success.