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Friday, 22 July 2022 15:25

NYC Secures More Than $300,000 for Consumers Harmed by Predatory Brooklyn Used Car Dealerships

New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Vilda Vera Mayuga announced a settlement with Brooklyn Mitsubishi and Brooklyn Volkswagen that will deliver $304,900 to New Yorkers wronged by the companies' deceptive practices when selling used cars. New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Vilda Vera Mayuga announced a settlement with Brooklyn Mitsubishi and Brooklyn Volkswagen that will deliver $304,900 to New Yorkers wronged by the companies' deceptive practices when selling used cars.

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A settlement with Brooklyn Mitsubishi and Brooklyn Volkswagen will deliver $304,900 to New Yorkers wronged by the companies' deceptive practices when selling used cars.

The settlement was announced July 15 by New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Vilda Vera Mayuga.

 

The agreement resolves numerous violations of the city's Consumer Protection Law, as well as licensing laws prohibiting deceptive and unlawful conduct in the industry. Adams and DCWP also secured $500,000 in civil penalties from the companies and a seven-day suspension of Brooklyn Mitsubishi's two licenses, which has been completed. 

 

"We're not going to allow anyone to pick New Yorkers' pockets on the street or in a used car lot," said Adams. "This settlement is about protecting New Yorkers and sending a clear message: If you break the law and harm consumers, we will hold you accountable.

 

"We are helping deliver more than $300,000 back into the pockets of New York City consumers who were ripped off by Brooklyn Mitsubishi and Brooklyn Volkswagen and are stopping their unlawful behavior dead in their tracks," Adams said. "New Yorkers can trust that our administration will fight to protect every consumer, especially when their making big purchases like a car."

 

"I wanted to buy a car to provide a better life for myself and my family," said Karinie Olivero, a consumer who is receiving restitution as part of the settlement. "But these dealerships preyed on consumers like me with false and misleading information, and they failed to notify me of my rights under the law. Thankfully, Mayor Adams and Commissioner Mayuga have helped me recoup some of my investment and sent a clear message to all dealerships engaged in fraudulent practices that this kind of activity will not be tolerated."

 

Last November, DCWP charged Brooklyn Mitsubishi and Brooklyn Volkswagen with more than 7,000 violations. As part of the settlement, 36 consumers are getting restitution totaling $154,900, leaving $150,000 for new consumers who come forward with complaints, which can be submitted directly on DCWP's website in English or Spanish. As part of the settlement, these dealerships agree to fully comply with the law going forward.

 

In the suit, DCWP charged the dealerships with using deceptive advertising to lure customers to their dealerships and then...


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