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Thursday, 26 May 2022 14:22

New Jersey AG & State Agency Penalize 3 Dealer Groups

Written by SubPrime Auto Finance News Staff

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A trio of dealership operations in the Garden State are set to pay hefty penalties for alleged violations of advertising, warranties and other financing and retailing matters.

New Jersey acting Attorney General Matthew Platkin and the state’s Division of Consumer Affairs announced separate settlements totaling nearly $400,000 with the dealerships for alleged consumer protection violations.

 

According to a news release, the alleged violations involving Open Road Auto Group, Glen Motors and Lynnes Dealerships included:

 

  • Failing to disclose prior accident history
  • Deceptive advertising
  • Failing to honor vehicle warranties
  • Failing to list vehicle prices on sales documents
  • Charging consumers for certain fees twice
  • Failing to itemize aftermarket products or dealer-installed options
  • Failing to obtain consumer signatures on all sales documents
  • Accepting incomplete credit applications from prospective buyers

 

In addition to paying civil monetary penalties, state officials said the dealerships agreed to refrain from engaging in any unfair or deceptive acts or practices, comply with all applicable state and federal laws and resolve consumer complaints.

 

“Dodging illegal practices should be the last thing New Jerseyans have to worry about as they search for a vehicle in this challenging market,” Platkin said in the news release. “These settlements demonstrate our commitment to protect consumers and ensure transparency in the state’s auto market.”

 

Acting Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs Cari Fais added, “The Division has a duty to...


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