One local car dealership and a general manger at another will pay thousands in penalties for violating consumer protection laws. This means they did not tell the buyer that their car had some safety recalls.
The DA’s office says it entered a consent of judgment with Eddie Hill, the general manager at Elite Auto Sales on East Kellogg. Though Hill did not admit to any wrong-doings, he is now mandated to pay $5,000 and fix repairs including a seatbelt that doesn’t work.
The second judgment is with the owner and salesperson at Aztec motors on South Broadway. They did admit to mishandling the sale of vehicles on their lot and are mandated to pay $10,000 for their mistake.
Many of you may not have known that car dealerships are supposed to give you a head up on recalls. KSN spoke to a district attorney to find out more about consumer rights.
“The law specifically says you must disclose defects that you know or have reason to know,” said Assistant District Attorney Avery Elofsson. “To tell me after I’ve already driven off the lot, that the car has a recall, well that’s not very fair.”
As we’ve just recently seen, sometimes dealers don’t abide by that which is why Elofsson said the DA’s office is really cracking down on these violations.
“Not only is there the impact on the consumer because they weren’t told about it, but when they drive into an intersection, if there’s issues with the brakes, accelerators, airbag, and it goes awry in the middle of the intersection, everybody is going to pay the price because they weren’t notified about that.”
The best way to protect yourself is to be proactive about your purchase. If you find a car you can’t live without and would like to make the purchase before going home and doing your research, pull out your phone and check safercar.gov for any recalls. You can do his by looking the car up by its VIN number.
“While there is duty on the dealership and supplier to provide you quality goods up to a certain standard, we also again tell consumers, help us help you.”
Buyer beware, tis’ the season for new wheels, make smart purchases.