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Volkswagen Tiguan

Case Type:   Lemon Law, Motor Vehicle
Case:   Guzman, David. A. v. World Auto Group, Inc. d/b/a Auto World Kia Suzuki
Date:   September 29, 2016
Plaintiff Attorney(s):   Anthony T. Ballato, Esq., Massapequa, NY
Defendant Attorney(s):   Steven Blatt, Esq., Mineola, NY
Facts:   On March 30, 2016, claimant David A. Guzman purchased a used 2010 Volkswagen Tiguan from World Auto Group, Inc. d/b/a Auto World Kia. The vehicle was advertised for $10,000.00. Claimant put down $3,500.00, which would have left a balance of $6,500.00 for the vehicle. Claimant alleged overcharges and made several attempts with the dealer to have this corrected. When nothing was done to correct the situation, the claimant contacted Anthony T. Ballato, Esq. to represent him. Mr. Ballato sent a letter to the dealership World Auto Group, Inc. d/b/a Auto World Kia Suzuki demanding claimant’s money back or to repurchase the vehicle.
Injury:   Claimant alleged that when he went to sign the documents for the vehicle, the dealer rushed him to sign all the papers without telling him what he was signing or letting him take the time to read the documents. The dealership set up a credit card for him in the amount of $3,500.00. When the claimant went home and read his paperwork he figured out that he was charged a maintenance fee in the amount of $995.00 and $3,000.00 for a warranty he did not want or know about. After reviewing everything the claimant figured out that with tax and dealer fees he would be paying off a loan in the amount of $26,641.04 for a used vehicle that was only $10,000.00 plus tax and DMV fees.
Verdict:   After several conversations with the dealer’s attorney, Steven Blatt Esq. of Bellavia Blatt & Crossett, P.C. in Mineola, New York, the case was settled for a full refund and cancellation of all the dealership add-ons. The dealership repurchased the vehicle. The dealer began the process of transferring title of the vehicle to Auto World, paying off Guzman’s loan and cancelling all after-sales products purchased by Guzman. The dealership returned Guzman’s down payment and all payments he made for the loan plus $2,500.00 in legal fees.

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