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Ford, et al. v. Fresno Chrysler Jeep, Inc., et al.

(Note: This case was settled pursuant to a mutually acceptable agreement.)

On August 15, 2012, the Vachon Law Firm filed a lawsuit against the new and used car dealership Fresno Chrysler Jeep alleging that Fresno Chrysler Jeep sells accident damaged automobiles – including vehicles with frame damage – as so called “certified” used cars. The lawsuit is titled Ford, et al. v. Fresno Chrysler Jeep, Inc., et al. (Fresno County Superior Court Case No. 12CECG02564 MWS).

Click here to read a copy of the complaint in the Ford v. Fresno Chrysler Jeep, Inc. lawsuit.

Allegations in the Complaint

The Plaintiffs in the Ford v. Fresno Chrysler Jeep lawsuit are a mother and daughter who live in Kings County and Madera County, California. Their complaint against Fresno Chrysler Jeep alleges that they visited Fresno Chrysler Jeep on June 14, 2010 shopping for a used automobile. It further alleges that the Fresno Chrysler Jeep salesperson showed them a 2007 Jeep Compass and told them that the vehicle was a “certified used car,” that it had been thoroughly inspected, and that it was in excellent mechanical condition. The Plaintiffs contend that they specifically asked about accident damage, and that Fresno Chrysler Jeep told them that the Jeep Compass had a clean history and did not have any frame damage.

Section 11713.18 of California’s Vehicle Code prohibits used car dealers from representing that a used automobile is “certified” if the vehicle has previously sustained frame damage. However, the Plaintiffs allege that after purchasing the Jeep Compass they discovered that – contrary to what Plaintiffs were told by Fresno Chrysler Jeep – the vehicle had previously been in a major accident in which it sustained frame damage.

The complaint goes on to allege that Fresno Chrysler Jeep’s conduct amounts to a violation of California’s Consumers Legal Remedies Act, common law fraud, and a breach of California’s Unfair Competition Law statute. It specifically alleges that the Plaintiffs are not the only victims of the Fresno, California dealership’s conduct, and seeks an injunction that will prevent the dealer from telling future consumers that used cars are “certified” if they have previously suffered frame damage.

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