FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has filed lawsuits against four now-defunct automotive dealers, including a Fort Wayne lot, for failing to deliver customers’ vehicle titles and other deceptive acts.
The state filed a lawsuit Thursday in Allen Superior Court against AnyCredit Auto Superstore Inc. at 2410 W. Jefferson Blvd. The suit alleges the dealership never delivered titles to at least 10 customers after buying vehicles, misrepresenting the price of at least one vehicle and refused to perform repairs on a vehicle that it told a customer was operational.
The attorney general’s office also sued an automotive dealer in Fortville and two in Indianapolis for not delivering titles to customers.
The suits claim each of the dealers, which have all gone out of business, violated Indiana’s Deceptive Consumer Sales Act which requires car dealers and individuals to deliver the title to the purchaser at the time of sale or within 21 days of the date of the sale.
Without a vehicle title, drivers cannot register the vehicles with the state.
“The 48 Hoosiers impacted in these cases spent thousands of dollars on cars which they now can’t prove they own,” Zoeller said. “This can be a common problem, especially when used auto dealers go out of business. Our office is able to step in to help these customers get what they purchased.”
Zoeller said his priority with the legal actions is to secure the titles for these consumers as quickly as possible.
The lawsuits seek restitution for impacted customers – including title delivery – in addition to investigative costs and civil penalties.