Auto dealerships, owners agree to $1.8M settlement - My9 New Jersey

Auto dealerships, owners agree to $1.8M settlement

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - State consumer affairs officials say eight New Jersey car dealerships and their owners will pay $1.8 million to resolve alleged deceptive sales practices.

The settlement also calls for the dealerships and their owners - Carmelo Giuffre, of Brooklyn, N.Y. and Ignazio Giuffre, of Colts Neck - to attempt to resolve complaints filed by 45 customers by providing restitution or other relief under a binding arbitration process.

The companies also must hire a state-approved compliance monitor for two years to oversee operations and report back to state officials.

The dealerships included in the settlement are Route 22 Toyota, Route 22 Honda, Route 22 Nissan and Route 22 Kia, all in Hillside; Hackettstown Honda and Hudson Honda in West New York; and Freehold Hyundai and Freehold Chrysler Jeep.

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