For Immediate Release - November 20, 2012

AG Coakley Sues Former Northampton Car Dealer for Selling Vehicles Without Delivering Titles

NORTHAMPTON – A Northampton car dealership is being sued after its owner and manager allegedly failed to provide car titles to customers and did not pay off outstanding loans on trade-in vehicles, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today.

“Consumers make a substantial investment when purchasing motor vehicles and they rely on them for essential activities every day,” AG Coakley said. “This business misled consumers by selling vehicles it could not deliver titles for, leaving consumers stranded with cars they could not use and without the funds to purchase another.”

Pursuant to a preliminary injunction, ordered by Judge Mary-Lou Rup on Monday, the defendants are prohibited from engaging in the business of automobile sales, and transferring or disposing of assets. The AG’s Office is seeking restitution for approximately 16 consumers along with civil penalties.

According to the complaint filed last week in Hampshire Superior Court, Northampton Motor Classics LLC, the company’s owner, Andrew Feuerstein, and a manager, Michael Dale, violated the state’s consumer protection laws by selling vehicles without delivering titles, failing to pay off loans on trade-in vehicles after making the sale, failing to purchase service contracts for consumers who paid for them, and instructing consumers to use dealer plates illegally while they waited for their vehicle to be registered. 

This matter is being handled by Assistant Attorney General Ann E. Lynch of AG Coakley’s Consumer Protection Division with assistance from Civil Investigator Richard Steward.

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