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Case Type:   Lemon Law New Car Purchase
Case:   Villa, Victor v. FCA US LLC
Date:   August, 2016
Plaintiff Attorney(s):   Anthony T. Ballato, Esq., Massapequa, NY
Defendant Attorney(s):   Rose Waldorf PLLC Attn: Theresa J. Graffeo, Claims Manager
Facts:   On February 28, 2015, claimant Victor Villa bought a new 2015 Dodge Charger from Garden City Jeep Chrysler Dodge. On March 14, 2016 the claimant brought the vehicle in for service because he was getting a service shifter error reading on the dashboard. The service department did not get the dashboard error while the vehicle was there. On April 28, 2016, the consumer received the same message service shifter error. On May 8, 2015, while the claimant was parallel parking his vehicle the car lurched forward and hit a parked car. The car was then towed to the service department.
Injury:   Villa alleges that he was getting a shifter error reading. The shifter assembly needed to be replaced, all the codes were cleared, the pinion nuts were replaced, the ESM was replaced and there were Bezel lighting problems.
Verdict:   After numerous attempts to fix the vehicle and over 46 days out of service, the claimant hired Anthony T. Ballato, Esq. to represent him. Mr. Ballato sent a demand letter to FCA US LLC demanding a full repurchase or another new vehicle of equal value. After many emails and telephone calls the parties negotiated a settlement. FCA US LLC agreed to a full credit towards a new car at the MSRP price of $42,465.00 and the claimant was able to enjoy the old car for a year and half to be replaced with a new vehicle and new warranty with no depreciation for the old vehicle.

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