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Division of Consumer Affairs
Press Release

Attorney General
Anne Milgram
Division of Consumer Affairs, Director
David Szuchman
   
For Immediate Release:
September 9, 2008
For Further Information Contact:
Jeff Lamm, 973-504-6327
 
Division of Consumer Affairs Cites Motor Vehicle Dealerships
For Violating Laws Governing Used Car Sales

NEWARK - The State Division of Consumer Affairs has issued notices of violation related to the sale of used vehicles to 49 motor vehicle dealerships throughout the state as a result of unannounced inspections conducted earlier this year.

The dealerships cited either failed to post prices for the used vehicles offered for sale, in accordance with the Consumer Fraud Act, and/or failed to post a Used Car Buyers Guide in used motor vehicles, in accordance with the Used Motor Vehicle Trade Regulation Rule and the Motor Vehicle Advertising Regulations.

Consumer Affairs investigators found 49 of the 97 dealerships inspected in Burlington, Camden, Essex, Mercer, Monmouth and Union counties to be in violation. Of the 2,144 used vehicles inspected, 1,492 were offered for sale without a posted price and 472 failed to contain a Used Car Buyers Guide.

“The purchase of a motor vehicle is a major expenditure for most consumers,” said Attorney General Anne Milgram. “We expect auto dealers to comply with all applicable consumer protection laws, regardless of whether the transaction involves a new or used vehicle.”

Consumer Affairs has forwarded notices of violation to the following dealerships:

No Buyer's Guide:

J. Vento Auto Sales 433 Main St. E. Orange
J&S Autohaus 1765 Olden Ave. Ewing
Bell Audi 931 St. Georges Ave. Rahway
Park Auto Sales 52 E. 1st Ave. Roselle
Sevelll's Auto Sales 444 South St. Westfield

No Price Posted:

Burlington Lincoln Mercury 40 Rt. 130 N. Burlington City
Willis Honda Rt. 130 Burlington
Auto Place USA 349 Clements Bridge Rd. Runnemeade
Blackhorse Autoplex 3400 Blackhorse Pike Collingswood
C.W. Clarke Auto Ctr. 1430 Rt. 130 Gloucester City
Cherry Hill Nissan 2325 Rt. 38 Cherry Hill
Cherry Hill Volvo 810 Rt. 70 W . Cherry Hill
Conte Bros. Sales/Leasing 1415 Brace Rd. Cherry Hill
Frank's Auto Sales 1106 Blackhorse Pike Hilltop
J.D. Byrider's 342 S. Whitehorse Pike Clementon
Wigder Chevrolet 606 W. Mt. Pleasant Ave. Livingston
Anthony's Auto Spa 1018 Brunswick Ave. Trenton
Capitol Chevrolet 1170 Rt. 33 Hamilton
Greenfield Dodge 2700 Brunswick Pike Lawrenceville
Hamilton Mazda 2201 Rt. 33 Hamilton
J&S Autohaus 2006 Nottingham Way Hamilton
Lawrence Lexus 2630 Business Rt.1 N Lawrenceville
Superior Chevrolet 200 Renaissance Blvd. Lawrenceville
Freehold Dodge South St./Rt.9 Freehold
Freehold Subaru 299 South St. Freehold
Premier Motor Car 845 Broadway W. Long Branch
Blue Streak Motors 150 W. 1st Ave. Roselle
Lindeman Buick 430 E. North Ave. Westfield
Ray Catena Mercedes 2485 Rt.22 W. Union

No Price Posted and No Buyer's Guide:

Auto Concepts 220 E. Evesham Rd. Glendora
Longo's Auto Sales 2 Crescent Blvd. Collingswood
Warwick Auto Sales 521 N. Whitehorse Pike Magnolia
Konner Chevrolet 950 Bloomfield Ave. W. Caldwell
Paul Miller 1170 Bloomfield Ave. W. Caldwell
N.J. Liberty Motors 59 Liberty St. Newark
Stockton Auto Sales 137 Stockton St. Newark
Discount Auto 1357 S. Broad St. Trenton
Halderman Nissan 951 Rt. 33 Hamilton
Halderman Ford 640 Rt. 130 E. Windsor
Windsor Nissan 590 Rt. 130 E. Windsor
Freehold Pont/Buick/GMC 4404 Rt. 9 Freehold
World Jeep/Subaru 688 Shrewsbury Ave. Tinton Falls
JMK Auto Sales 391 Rt. 22 Union
K&S Trading Auto 600 W. Georges Ave. Linden
Maplecrest Lincoln/Merc. 2800 Springfield Ave. Vauxhall
New Norris Chevrolet 433 North Ave. E. Westfield
West End Chrysler 965 St. Georges Ave. Rahway
International Auto Brokers 16 W. St. Georges Ave. Linden
Park Ave. Auto Lots 615 W. St. Georges Ave. Linden

“Consumers should be fully informed of the price and any available warranty prior to their purchase of a used vehicle” Consumer Affairs Director David Szuchman said. “The law requires dealers to post prices and provide Used Car Buyer's Guide for every used vehicle offered for sale.”

By the notice of violation, Consumer Affairs seeks to ensure that the dealerships post the selling price of, as well as Used Car Buyer's Guides, in all used vehicles offered for sale, along with a civil penalty and reimbursement of investigative costs. The dealerships have fifteen (15) days to respond to the notice of violation.

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