SHARPSBURG, Pa. — In a new lawsuit, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has accused Sharpsburg used car dealership JK Motor Cars of deceptive marketing practices.
The lawsuit filed in Allegheny County Court alleges that the company and its managing member, Jaison Kelly, violated consumer protection laws by selling “dirty and broken down cars.”[ing] to disclose, before the sale, serious problems.
The Attorney General says at least 14 people bought faulty vehicles from JK Motor Cars, dating back to February 2019.
The lawsuit says several customers were misled into thinking the cars came with a three-month or 3,000-mile warranty, but when issues arose, the attorney general said the customers were forced to pay to fix them themselves.
According to the lawsuit, customers discovered major problems with the cars, including damaged chassis, faulty transmissions and engines in need of repair.
When confronted, the lawsuit says JK Motor Cars told customers the cars they purchased were in “as is” condition.
The Attorney General’s Office provided these tips if you’re buying a used car:
- Evaluate your needs and determine a budget for purchase, operating and maintenance costs.
- Know your seller and check their reputation and reliability first.
- Check the car for any easily identifiable problems.
- Test drive the vehicle. If you can’t, don’t buy it.
- Carefully read and understand all documents you sign during the purchase process.
If you have had a similar experience with JK Motor Cars, you can contact the Attorney General’s Office on this website, by email at [email protected], or by phone at 1-800-441-2555.
JK Motor Cars Chairman Jaison Kelly told Channel 11, among other things:
“We have been working and respecting his office for several months while trying to find solutions for our clients. Every car we sell has the state required paperwork duly signed. These complaints amount to less [sic] 1% of our sales over the specified period. »
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