Mark Iandolo Jun. 23, 2016, 8:11pm


ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – Saratoga Springs Nissan LLC has agreed to settle for $101,986 after allegations of charging illegal fees, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced.

Saratoga Springs Nissan LLC operated a dealership in Malta under the name Saratoga Springs Nissan from May 2010 to September 2013. Saratoga Springs Nissan LLC sold the dealership on Sept. 9, 2013. The former dealers allegedly charged as much a $5,000 for warranties and service contracts without consumer authorization. The dealership also committed deceptive sales and advertising practices, according to Schneiderman’s office. The dealership would allegedly induce consumers to purchase and finance vehicles on terms they could not actually afford.

“A consumer purchasing a car should be able to expect that when they negotiate prices and terms for vehicles, the contracts will accurately reflect those agreements,” Schneiderman said. “This settlement is a victory for New York consumers, and sends the message that car dealerships that take advantage of consumers by conning them into paying more for cars than they had agreed to will be held accountable. We will continue working to ensure that car dealerships throughout the state comply with the law.”

The attorney general's office states that 119 consumers will receive restitution, ranging from $198 for illegal fees charged to more than $4,000 for unauthorized warranties and services contracts.

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