Former Wichita car dealer to pay $143,000

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The district attorney’s office said a former South Wichita car dealership was in trouble for not providing car titles on time for eight customers.

According to District Attorney Marc Bennett, Family First Auto, LLC, which was once located near Broadway and Mt. Vernon, did not provide title within 60 days of purchase. Instead, Bennett alleged the dealer issued additional 60-day temporary registration permits in violation of Kansas law.

The court found the dealership violated the Kansas Consumer Protection Act (KCPA) and ordered Family First Auto to pay a default judgment of $143,379.50:

  • $23,000 in compensation for customers
  • $110,000 in civil penalties
  • Legal fees and costs

Judge William Woolley signed the judgment on April 26.

Bennett said customers should receive certificates of title within 60 days of purchasing a vehicle so they can register the vehicle. If customers drive without proper registration, it is illegal.

The DA also said failure to provide title within 60 days renders the transaction “fraudulent and void” entitling buyers to a refund. In addition, dealers can only issue a buyer one 60-day temporary registration permit.