Former Northampton Car Dealer Ordered to Pay More Than $95,000 for Selling Vehicles without Delivering Titles
Northampton Motor Classics Ordered to Pay Consumer Restitution; Prohibited from Car Sales Business in Massachusetts
NORTHAMPTON – A former Northampton car dealership has been ordered to pay more than $95,000 after failing to provide car titles to customers and failing to register vehicles as promised, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today.
The AG’s Office obtained a default judgment in Hampshire Superior Court, issued by Judge Mary-Lou Rup, against Northampton Motor Classics LLC, along with the dealership’s owner, Andrew Feuerstein, and manager, Michael Dale. The defendants have also been permanently enjoined from soliciting or accepting consumer deposits and engaging in any business that involves the marketing, sale, or leasing of motor vehicles in Massachusetts.
“This dealership took advantage of consumers looking to make a significant investment by purchasing a car,” AG Coakley said. “We are pleased that this judgment has ordered Northampton Motor Classics to pay restitution to those that were harmed by this business’s misleading practices.
According to the complaint, filed in November 2012 in Hampshire Superior Court, the defendants violated the state’s consumer protection laws by selling vehicles without delivering titles, accepting payment for registering vehicles and never doing so, failing to pay off loans on trade-in vehicles, 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.
Under the judgment, the defendants have been ordered to pay more than $22,600 in restitution to consumers and $73,000 in civil penalties and attorney’s fees.
This matter is being handled by Assistant Attorney General Ann E. Lynch of AG Coakley’s Western Massachusetts and Consumer Protection Divisions with assistance from Civil Investigator Richard Steward and Paralegal Sharon Coles.
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