On August 9, 2013, the Vachon Law Firm filed a lawsuit against Glendale Dodge in the Los Angeles County Superior Court alleging that the L.A. County new and used car dealership falsified the down payment amounts in a consumer’s automobile purchase contract. The lawsuit is titled Williams v. Glendale Dodge, LLC, et al. (Case No. EC 060951).
(Update: this lawsuit was resolved pursuant to a mutually-acceptable settlement in October 2013)
Allegations in Complaint Against Glendale Dodge
The Plaintiff in the Williams v. Glendale Dodge lawsuit is a Glendale, California consumer who is being represented by the Vachon Law Firm. She alleges in her Complaint that she visited Glendale Dodge in November 2011, and that while she was there she expressed an interest in a used 2006 Dodge Charger. The Complaint also alleges that Glendale Dodge soon discovered that, notwithstanding the Plaintiff’s interest in the Dodge Charger, she was unable to immediately make a down payment large enough to allow the dealership to find a lender to finance the used car’s sale.
According to the Plaintiff’s Complaint, in an attempt to get her signature on a purchase contract before she changed her mind, and in order trick a lender into financing the deal, Glendale Dodge decided to falsify the down payment amounts in the Dodge Charger’s sale contract. More specifically, the Complaint alleges that Glendale Dodge and the Plaintiff agreed that she would make no immediate down payment, but would instead later make a deferred down payment of $1,000, which would be split into four payments of $250 due each, the first of which would be due two weeks after the sale and the remaining three payments due every two weeks thereafter. However, Plaintiff’s Complaint alleges that Glendale Dodged falsified the down payment amounts in the Dodge Charger’s contract by stating therein that the Plaintiff had made an immediate $1,000 cash down payment and was not making any deferred down payments at all.
Plaintiff’s attorney, Michael R. Vachon, Esq. (who specializes in California lemon law and various types of automobile-related fraud cases), alleges in the Complaint (on the Plaintiff’s behalf) that Glendale Dodge’s actions violated California’s Automobile Finance Act (the “ASFA”), the Consumers Legal Remedies Act, the Credit Services Act, and the Unfair Competition Law statute. With regard to the ASFA cause of action, the Complaint alleges that the Dodge Charger’s purchase contract is unenforceable, and that Plaintiff is entitled to rescind the transaction and get her money back because Glendale Dodge violated the ASFA’s “Single Document Rule” by failing to state the amounts and due dates of the Plaintiff’s agreed-upon deferred down payments in the Dodge Charger’s purchase contract.
Click below to read a copy of the Williams v. Glendale Dodge Complaint.
Please note: it is important to remember that the Los Angeles County Superior Court has not ruled on whether or not the Complaint’s allegations are true. Glendale Dodge has denied the allegations, and asserts that it committed no wrongdoing whatsoever.
Want to Talk to a Lemon Law Attorney About Glendale Dodge?
The Vachon Law Firm frequently represents consumers in falsified down payment lawsuits. We also specialize in California lemon law, car dealer fraud, and repossession-related lawsuits. If you would like to talk to an experienced consumer law attorney about Glendale Dodge, or any other California car dealership, then call us today at 855-4-LEMON-LAW (855-453-6665). You can also contact us via email.
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