Long story short, after doing an application on Ford's website, a Ford dealership took my info from that and ran it again, through all 3 bureaus. After I told them I did not want any more inquiries and was not going to fill out another credit application (through them).
Isn't that a violation? Since they did it after I told them I was NOT wanting that done?
I'm SO mad I want to sue them over it. And to make it worse, they have THE vehicle I want. (I've searched all over the country). So I want to contact their GM and demand they have the inquiries removed and threaten to sue them, but I realize you catch more flies with honey than vinegar. That being said, I really am willing to take it to court if necessary. As most of us here know, inquiries are a much bigger deal than just a few points. What would you guys do?
I am not sure that most of us here do know that. I think "most here" frequently post that they really aren't a big deal, if not excessive. They are just a few points and you get them back in a year, although the evidence of the inquiry does linger for another year. Granted that a creditor can and many do look to the number of your inquires, apart from your score, but an additional inquiry on each bureau should not cause you must grief if your profile is otherwise healthy.
I doubt you are going to find any attorney willing to take your case on a contingency basis. Your damages are all too speculative at this point. Is it really worthwile to spend your own time or thousands of dollars to litigate this, even for the statutory damages? As you said, you are stuck dealing with them since they are the only ones with the vehicle you want. I can understand your anger. I would be upset in your case, as well. It definately wasn't right, but is it something worth taking to Court?
Just politely request to speak with the General Manager, and explain the situation. Maybe all that needs to happen is have a calm conversation. The GM is in the business of selling cars, if he really wants to sell you that car, he will comply. At least that's the way it would go down in my head.
Its my understanding that inquiries that are for the same type and happen within a 30 day period only count as one in terms of score dings and can be even less with thicker files. Can you quantify the hit your scores took and be sure they came from the inquiries? Like the others, I would just call up the manager and ask them to fix it.
As far as the mortgage, the underwriter will just ask about them and if they resulted in any new credit not reported. If they do, then just write up a letter of explanation for them and that is normally all there is to that portion of the process.
Take a deep breath and relax.
I think you're placing way too much emphasis on inquiries. As pointed out already, most of us here do not think inquiries are a big deal; an inquiry does not have a dramatic effect on you score. The horror stories you hear are likely from someone who has an excessive number of inquiries (dozens of inquiries in the last 6 months) or their score was so borderline that an inquiry pushed them over the edge and they blamed that rather than the other, and larger, factors that made them borderline to begin with.
What's more, several inquiries for the same thing within a short period of time is weighed as a single inquiry because the algorithms assume you're shopping around. If you already had inquiries for an auto loan, and then got more within a week or two, those extra ones aren't going to affect you.
What WILL have an impact is going through a court battle over this, one that you will mostly likely lose as the inquiries sound legit. Consider the time, the legal fees, and what you really expect to get out of this before going that route. Threatening a lawsuit against them isn't going to intimidate them into removing legit inquiries, so be ready to follow through if you do go that way.
The FCRA is specifically structured so as not to require your express permission to pull your credit report if one or more of the permissible purposes outlined in FCRA 604 are present.
One such permissible purpose is a consumer-initiated request for credit.
Another is a business transaction initiated by the consumer for which there is a legitimate business purpose to evaluate your credit as part of the transaction.
If you initiated an application for credit, they arguably have permissbile purpose to request and obtain your credit report.
That applies, regardless of whether the web site included advisement of their permissible purpose.
The FCRA does not include any express limit of one inquiry per permissble purpose.
In fact, auto dealer inquiries have a long, long history of permitting multiple inquiries based on a single application for credit.
That history is generally considered beneficial to the consumer in that it permits rate and dealership shopping around for best terms.
The dealer will likely include that established practice in their defense should you bring civil action contesting the legitmacy of their inquiry.
While they will likely assert permissible purpose as support for the inquiry, you might arguably have a basis for asserting that the permissible purpose extending only to dealership A, and not to a subsequent dealership B.
While I personally doubt that such an assertion would persuade a judge, it is not necessarily frivolous. Just a tough nut to crack.
Were there any mitigating cirsumstances, such as when you visited dealership B, for example, did you enter into an agreement to pay by means other than credit, such as cash, that would clearly negate any assumption on their part that you were seeking any financing?
It will, ultimately, be up to a judge. The case law is very deficient in supporting consumers who challenge legitimacy of an inquiry once they have established a permissble purpose as defined by any subsection under FCRA 604.
Personally, I would not recommend civil action. I would pursue request for recoding as a soft inquiry by contacting upper management and REQUESTING good-will removal, rather than a confrontational demand or threat of civil action.
So this person reached out to a Ford dealership and obtained your social security number and other information so that he could run your credit? Sounds pretty suspect to me.