NYC Official Announces Cases Against Dealers

By Staff Writer May 10, 2022

Two used car dealership companies—Kings Autoshow and JF Motors, which operate a total of five dealerships in Brooklyn and Queens—have been charged with engaging in deceptive and unlawful trade practices, according to New York City’s Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Commissioner Peter Hatch. The cases will be heard at the City’s Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH), alleging thousands of violations, including violations of the city’s newest laws and rules designed to prevent predatory conduct by the industry.

In its case against Kings Autoshow, which operates two Brooklyn Mitsubishi locations, the city is charging the company with more than 7,000 violations and seeking more than $50,000 in restitution for 34 consumers, civil penalties, and revocation of both of its used car dealership licenses. The case against JF Motors includes Automania, Luxury Automotive Club, and the now-closed World Auto, all of which are in Queens. The city is charging the JF Motors family of dealerships with more than 9,000 violations and seeking more than $100,000 in restitution for nine consumers, civil penalties, and revocation of its two remaining licenses. The city is also seeking to hold the respective owners, and Brooklyn Mitsubishi’s general manager, personally liable for the violations.

“These dealerships repeatedly victimized their customers and violated consumer protection laws,” said Commissioner Hatch. “We are taking action to a put a stop to their exploitative practices, obtain restitution for the consumers they harmed, and to revoke their licenses so they cannot do this again.”

NIADA CEO Bob Voltmann commented on the announcement.

“The National Independent Automobile Dealers Association does not condone illegal or unethical practices,” Voltmann said. “We continually strive to strengthen the integrity of our industry-leading certified pre-owned (CPO) program through enhanced technology and training. The all-new NIADA CPO 3.0 program will guard against fraudulent and deceptive practices through a digital inspection process and will require participating dealers to complete training and acknowledge NIADA’s Code of Ethics.”

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