Bloomfield car dealership to pay $46,000 to settle allegations with NJ

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A Bloomfield-based auto dealership company was among three companies that recently reached a settlement with the state over alleged consumer protection violations, authorities said Friday.

Acting Attorney Matthew Platkin and the Consumer Division said separate settlements totaling nearly $400,000 have been reached with three car dealerships, including several Lynnes dealerships – Lynnes Nissan East, Lynnes Hyundai and Lynnes Subaru Inc. – all of which are located in Bloomfield.

See the settlement with Lynnes here.

The other two settlements were with Open Road Group and Glen Motors Inc.

Prosecutors said Lynnes agreed to a $46,381 settlement, which includes $33,500 in civil penalties, to resolve allegations that included:

  • Charging consumers twice for certain fees
  • Accept incomplete credit applications from potential buyers
  • Not listing vehicle prices on sales documents

Under the Consent Order with the Division, Lynnes, among others, agreed to:

  • Comply with all applicable state and/or federal laws, rules and regulations, including the Consumer Fraud Act, Motor Vehicle Advertising Regulations and Automotive Sales Practices Regulations
  • Itemize all aftermarket merchandise and dealer-installed options in sales documents and aftermarket contract
  • Include a vehicle’s trade-in value on all sales documents
  • Not engage in “bait and switch” by refusing to show, exhibit, sell or lease vehicles at the advertised price, as required by the Consumer Fraud Act and Advertising Regulations for motor vehicles
  • Accurately disclose the selling price of the vehicle on sales documents
  • Refrain from signing any secondary market contract, lease, sales document or other document on behalf of a consumer or affixing a consumer’s signature to any document

Lynnes has also agreed to enter binding arbitration through the Division’s ADR Unit to resolve any outstanding affected consumer complaints and to arbitrate, if necessary, any additional consumer complaints received by the Division during a three-year period, prosecutors said.

A portion of the settlement amount will be suspended and automatically reversed provided the company abides by the terms of the agreement, authorities said.

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