York County car dealership reaches settlement after misrepresentation allegations
Credit Connection Auto Sales, which has two locations in York County, reached a settlement agreement with Attorney General Kathleen Kane after allegedly leasing vehicles that appeared in good condition but needed repair work and using lease agreements that didn't comply with federal law, according to a press release from Kane's office.
Credit Connection, which also has locations in Harrisburg and Carlisle, is located at 1935 W. Market St. in West York and 237 Hill St. in Spring Garden Township, according to the company's website. It offers vehicles on a lease-to-own basis.
The settlement requires the company to pay $12,500 in civil penalty for its alleged violations of the Consumer Protection Law, the Pennsylvania Auto Regulations, the Truth in Lending Act and the Federal Trade Commission's Used Car Rule.
The Office of Attorney General's Bureau of Consumer Protection received numerous consumer complaints about the company, including: vehicles offered for lease were represented to be in good, working condition but were later found with mechanical problems that required repair work; repair work done at the company's repair shop was, at times, of shoddy quality; and various sales presentations and vehicle displays were not consistent and displayed misleading information, according to the release.
No one at either York location immediately responded to request for comment on the settlement.
A representative of the attorney general's office said all complaints are confidential, and she couldn't say whether any complaints came from York.
The company must also begin complying laws governing lease agreements within 90 days, as required by the settlement.
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