AUGUSTA, Maine (Legal Newsline) - Maine Attorney General Janet Mills announced a lawsuit on Friday against three used car dealerships and their principal for allegedly engaging in unfair and deceptive trade practices.

My Maine Ride, Bumper2Bumper Inc., Bangor Car Care Inc. and Glenn Geiser, Jr., the companies' owner, allegedly targeted consumers with poor credit who needed financing, pressured them into buying cars that were not road worthy and then failed to respond to consumer complaints.

"These kinds of practices give Maine businesses a bad name," Mills said. "Targeting vulnerable people and duping them into buying cars that are not safe not only defrauds the consumer but puts every person traveling our roads at risk. We intend to put a stop to it."

Geiser's dealerships allegedly showed consumers cars that failed to pass inspection so they could not be taken out for a test drive, failed to disclose known mechanical defects to consumers, sold cars that broke down or developed serious mechanical issues soon after purchase, refused to fix the mechanical issues and engaged in rude and abusive customer service calculated to discourage consumers from seeking redress.

The lawsuit seeks civil penalties and a permanent injunction to keep Geiser and any entity in which he has an ownership interest from selling, promoting or financing used cars.

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