Arbitrator Finds Car Dealer Committed Fraud by Misrepresenting History to Consumer

CHICAGO, IL–(Sept. 24, 2020) – A Cook County arbitrator found that Metro Ford, a Chicagoland dealership, committed fraud by misrepresenting the accident history of a 2008 Chevrolet Equinox to induce a Chicago consumer, Ms. Anaelia Coronel, to purchase the vehicle. The dealer claimed that it didn’t know the vehicle was in an accident, when in fact it was clear to the arbitrator that Metro Ford knew the Equinox had been involved in a prior accident. On September 23, 2020, the arbitrator awarded Ms. Coronel a refund of the full purchase price of the Equinox while still retaining possession of the Equinox. Additionally, per the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act, the arbitrator awarded Ms. Coronel the attorneys’ fees and costs her lawyers incurred handling this matter. Eric Kaczander of Krohn & Moss, Ltd., Consumer Law Center®, the attorney who prosecuted the case for Ms. Coronel, commented on the arbitrator’s decision, “This ruling sends a message to all car dealers that they can’t get away with misrepresenting a vehicle’s history, especially when the vehicle was previously involved in an accident. The excuse they didn’t know the vehicle was in an accident is unacceptable for a major automobile dealership who sells cars to the public.” Mr. Kaczander can be reached by calling Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center®.


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