Sansone Hyundai, Inc., located on US-1 in Avenel, entered into the settlement to end the Division’s investigation of its alleged activities, including failing to disclose the total price for certain advertised vehicles, and charging consumers for aftermarket merchandise that was listed at “no charge” on certain leases and sales contracts.
“Consumers should be able to purchase a new car without having to worry about misinformation and hidden costs,” said Attorney General Porrino. “This settlement ensures that consumers will receive transparency and honesty from this dealership, as required by law.”
“Dealerships must fully disclose all costs and fees associated with the purchase or lease of a vehicle before consumers sign on the dotted line,” said Steve Lee, Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs. “We will continue to enforce the laws and regulations in place to ensure consumers have the facts they need to make informed decisions.”
In a Consent Order with the Division, Sansone Hyundai, among other things, agreed to:
Sansone Hyundai also agreed to make a $136,250 settlement payment to the State.
Investigator Patrick Mullan, of the Division of Consumer Affairs` Office of Consumer Protection, conducted this investigation.
Deputy Attorney General Cathleen O’Donnell from the Consumer Fraud Prosecution Section within the Division of Law represented the State in this matter.
Consumers who believe they were deceived or misled in doing business with a car dealership can file an online complaint with the State Division of Consumer Affairs by visiting its website at njconsumeraffairs.gov or by calling 1-800-242-5846 (toll free within New Jersey) or 973-504- 6200.
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