Dealer Sold Defective Vehicles It Didn’t Own
July 10, 2019—A Philadelphia car dealer sold vehicles that quickly broke down after customers took them home, and sold cars it didn’t even own, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer.
A lawsuit was then quickly filed last week, aiming its efforts at S&L Automotive Solutions and its three business partners. The complaint also names International Recovery service, which sold cars under the name 500 Drive Now at the same address as S&L Automotive.
The state claims S&L Automotive sold cars that accelerated while braking, leaked oil and gas, had bad transmissions, and flashed check engine lights as consumers drove off the lot. The dealership failed to repair defects and refused to give refunds for the cars, according to the complaint.
The civil suit also alleges that the dealership failed to deliver titles and registrations to consumers who bought cars and falsely implied it owned the vehicles, even though the vehicles were being held on consignment for third parties who weren’t always paid, the complaint says. As a result, consumers could not drive, trade, or resell cars because they could not get tags or titles.