State sues two Gwinnett auto dealers over deceptive sales practices

[private]Attorney General Chris Carr has sued the Momentum Group Inc., which operates as Gwinnett Mitsubishi and Gwinnett Suzuki auto dealers, over alleged unlawful and deceptive advertising and sales practices.

“The alleged deceptive acts committed by Gwinnett Mitsubishi and Gwinnet Suzuki placed a financial burden on consumers and left them without valid transportation,” Carr said. “Through our Consumer Protection Unit, our office will continue fighting to protect Georgians from businesses who attempt to take advantage of consumers by skirting the law.”

The allegations filed by the state law department include:

  • The dealers represented that they would apply for vehicle titles within the 30-day period required by Georgia law and failed to do so, leaving consumers unable to receive permanent vehicle tags.
  • They failed to respond to consumers for a substantial period of time when they repeatedly tried to follow-up with the business about the issue.
  • They failed to pay off liens on trade-in vehicles in a timely manner, leaving consumers liable for two loan payments.
  • They sold vehicles without a valid emissions certificate, as required in 13 Georgia counties.
  • They accepted payment from consumers for third-party products, such as extended warranties and “gap coverage,” but failed to timely remit payment to the third parties.

The attorney general’s office is seeking a permanent injunction against the defendants and civil penalties of up to $5,000 per violation.

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