The Columbus Dispatch reports that the Ohio Attorney General is suing a car dealer for breaking several consumer protection laws. According to the article, the company allegedly sold vehicles without divulging financial terms, tampered with a vehicle’s odometer in at least one case, and failed to provide dated sales receipts.
Action was taken after the Attorney General’s office received several complaints from consumers regarding the car dealer. Most of the complaints involved problems with repossessions, certificates of title, and vehicle repairs and services. The company is also accused of regularly using a one-page contract to explain to buyers the financial terms of vehicle sales that did not fully disclose financing costs. The lawsuit also accuses the company of regularly failing to apply for vehicle certificates of title within 30 days of sale, as well as selling a vehicle that had an odometer reading of 125,000 miles when the vehicle’s actual mileage was over 270,000 miles. The lawsuit seeks restitution on behalf of consumers as well as a $25,000 fine for each violation of the law. Additionally, the car dealer is to stop doing business until they have paid all penalties, fines, and restitution.
All California consumers are entitled to be treated honestly and fairly, particularly when making a large purchase such as buying a vehicle. When someone is a victim of deceptive business practices in California, it is important to remember they are given certain rights under law. Attorney and consumer advocate Howard D. Silver has protected the rights of consumers in California for more than 20 years. To find out more about your legal rights, call (855) 341-2611 today.