Ky. AG settles with auto dealer

Bryan Cohen Apr. 2, 2012, 1:55pm


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Legal Newsline) - Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway announced a consent judgment on Friday against a Nicholasville auto dealer for alleged violations of the Kentucky Consumer Protection Act.

MAC Auto, operating as Chrysler on Nicholasville and Nissan on Nicholasville, allegedly violated the Consumer Protection Act by misrepresenting financial terms, failing to pay off trade-in balances in a timely fashion, failing to transfer the title of purchased vehicles to consumers in a timely manner and disposing of trade-in vehicles before the consumer's financing was finalized.

Conway's office had previously obtained an assurance of voluntary compliance for both dealerships, but recently received complaints alleged that terms of the agreement had been violated.

"Buying a vehicle can be an expensive and sometimes overwhelming experience," Conway said. "Consumers are legally entitled to receive truthful information about the terms of such a purchase. My office is committed to protecting consumers and ensuring that businesses operating in Kentucky abide by the law."

The consent judgment requires that MAC Auto pay $15,000 in civil penalties and costs to Conway's office. It also imposes $10,000 in suspended penalties. The additional penalties will not be charged as long as the dealership complies with the terms of the judgment.

The judgment was granted by the Franklin Circuit Court.

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