The Ohio attorney general filed lawsuits Wednesday against five used car dealers, including The Car Shack in Akron, accusing them of selling vehicles and failing to deliver titles to the new owners.
Attorney General Mike DeWine is seeking more than $32,000 in reimbursements and asking courts to fine the dealerships $25,000 for each violation.
“When consumers have trouble receiving a title from a dealership, our goal is to resolve the matter,” DeWine said in a prepared statement. “Typically, we’re able to work with the dealership to reach a resolution, but sometimes to help consumers we will make payments from a fund called the Title Defect Recision Fund. Now we are seeking reimbursement to that fund from these dealerships.”
The state is seeking $2,048 from The Car Shack and owner William Bennett.
A message left at a telephone number for The Car Shack was not immediately returned.
The other dealers are: Auto Bahn in Cleveland, R&M Auto Service & Sales Inc. in Cleveland, Selective Auto Mart in Garfield Heights and Y-Town Auto Sales in Youngstown.
The lawsuits were filed in common pleas courts in Summit, Cuyahoga and Mahoning counties.
According to the suits, the dealerships violated the state’s Consumer Sales Practices Act by failing to obtain titles in the purchasers’ names within the required time frame.
Consumers who believe they have been treated unfairly should file a complaint with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov or call 800-282-0515.