HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Attorney General's Bureau of Consumer Protection has filed lawsuits against the owners of used-car dealerships in Philadelphia and Bucks County, along with their related companies. They are accused of deceptive advertising, selling vehicles that were not roadworthy, failing to provide vehicle titles and other violations of Pennsylvania's auto sales regulations and consumer protection laws.
Attorney General Tom Corbett said a civil lawsuit has been filed in Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas against Michael Frost, doing business as CARS & S.U.V. Outlet, CARS & S.U.V. Outlet #2 and Auto Credit Menders & Management, all operating in Philadelphia. Frost serves as president of the dealership and related companies.
Additionally, Corbett said a lawsuit has been filed in Bucks County Court of Common Pleas against Donald Roth and Richard Gille Jr. The two men operate together as Fairless Motors and DR & PR Inc., with Roth serving as president of the dealership and Gille serving as vice president.
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Corbett said that Frost and his dealerships are accused of selling vehicles that had serious mechanical problems, along with selling vehicles that they knew or should have known were not roadworthy without disclosing those defects to consumers and failing to honor refund requests.
According to the lawsuit, Frost is also accused of making unlawful "spot deliveries," where consumers were given possession of vehicles before all contract terms and financing conditions were finalized.
Additionally, Corbett said that Frost allegedly failed to provide vehicle titles to consumers and failed to honor promises made to consumers that were intended to induce them to purchase a particular vehicle — such as providing a DVD player, new brake rotors and other repairs or improvement to the vehicles.
Corbett said that Roth and Gille, along with their dealership, are accused of making false advertising claims about their vehicles — including the repeated use of deceptive or misleading terms such as "fully loaded."
Additionally, Fairless Motors allegedly sold vehicles that they knew or should have known were not roadworthy and engaged in unlawful spot deliveries.
Both of the lawsuits filed by the Attorney General's Office seek restitution and fines and penalties of up to $1,000 for each violation (up to $3,000 for each violation involving a senior citizen).