Kristin Stone of Griffin | Williams LLP recently obtained a $75,981.10 judgment on behalf of a consumer and against a used car dealership for consumer fraud under the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Practices Act, 815 ILCS 505/1 et seq.
The judgment, which included $37,800.55 in punitive damages, resulted from the sale of a used 2006 Jeep Commander. The vehicle had numerous hidden defects and an undisclosed accident history. Shortly after the sale, our client experienced repeated breakdowns. In at least one instance, she became stranded with her children on an interstate. The dealer reneged on promises to allow her to trade out of the vehicle on numerous occasions. Eventually, it was discovered that the dealer could not obtain good title to the vehicle and had taken out loans in her name on at least two other vehicles.
The judgment should be a warning sign to consumers and used car dealerships throughout Illinois. Consumers in the market for a used automobile must be vigilant in guarding against deceptive sales tactics. In turn, used car dealerships must be aware that Illinois courts will not tolerate predatory and fraudulent practices.
The attorneys of Griffin | Williams LLP proudly work with consumers and dealerships alike in confronting and solving the problems associated with troubled used car sales.