BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
Earlier this year, Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Lorelei Salas announced that the agency was seeking $1.5 million in consumer restitution and fines from Major World Auto, but has recently announced that there have been additional claims, resulting in an amended $36.5 million charge in fines.
According to the DCA, Major World Auto, a car dealership with three locations in Long Island City, has been accused of inflating prices, falsifying consumer credit applications and targeting low-income and immigrant consumers.
Back in March, the DCA investigated 30 consumers that were allegedly scammed by Major World. Many of those claims show proof that the dealership took part in deceptive advertising to lure vulnerable, low-income consumers by inflating prices with non-existent accessories, falsifying consumer credit applications and failing to disclose and conceal financing terms in order to sell roadworthy vehicles.
At the time of the announcement, DCA encouraged Major World customers, who believe that they may have been lied to by the dealership to file a complaint at nyc.gov/dca. Since then, there has been an increase in complaints, so much so that the DCA went from seeking $1.5 million from the dealership, to the $36.5 million amount.
There will be opening statements for this trial on Jan. 9, 2018.
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