PENN HILLS, Pa. (KDKA) – The state’s top attorney says he will sue two batches of used cars, including one in Penn Hills.
Attorney General Josh Shapiro claimed he acted because agents had defrauded the public.
“We have seen increased demand for used cars in Pennsylvania,” said Shapiro. “And with that comes an increase in scammers.”
KDKA investigator Meghan Schiller became aware of two dealerships, Cars R Us Erie and Martino Motors, located along Rodi Road in Penn Hills.
According to Shapiro, Martino Motors is selling cars that aren’t “sugar enough”. He said one customer’s brakes failed with her child in the car two weeks after she bought it. Another customer discovered the car’s parts were rusted, taped and painted to look normal.
“Legal action to permanently ban Mr. Martino and Martino Motors from selling motor vehicles in Pennsylvania, and to seek damages, civil penalties, costs and other equitable relief from them, ‘ Shapiro said.
KDKA’s Meghan Schiller visited Martino Motors on Tuesday and the man inside said he “didn’t do anything wrong”. He said he’s going to court in April and plans to speak his truth, saying he doesn’t want to settle first and wants to share his story in court.
The move comes at a time when US consumers buying used cars are paying significantly more.
Carfax’s Emilie Voss said: “We’re seeing used car prices now up about 40% compared to the same time last year.
Voss points out that a $20,000 car in 2021 will cost around $28,000. Pickup trucks have grown from just under $31,000 in 2021 to nearly $40,000 in 2022.
These numbers are more important now than ever, Voss said.
“This time of year, we call the unofficial start of the used car buying season because people are starting to get their tax refunds and looking to invest those,” Voss said. “A lot of times people end up buying used cars.”
Voss would like to convey these tips for buyers to keep in mind before going to the shipment:
“We say Carfax reporting, independent testing and test driving – you really need to do all three of those things,” says Voss. “It is important to understand the history of the car. Get it checked out by an independent mechanic, keep an eye on it by a trained mechanic to make sure there aren’t any red marks and that all together, the odometer readings match the wear and tear. worn,” Voss said. “They can see things that you and I can’t see and can also take it for a test drive.”
According to AG Shapiro, follow the tips below:
- Assess your needs: consider how long you will use your car, how long you will keep it, the size and features you need, and determine your budget for purchase, operating and maintenance costs. maintenance.
- Know your seller: whether you’re buying from a used car dealer, a private owner, or an auto auction, check the seller’s reputation and reliability first. Also, ask for any available repair and maintenance records, and always check the title papers to make sure the seller of the vehicle is the rightful owner.
- Check the car: while you shouldn’t expect perfection, make sure the car is free of any serious defects and put safety first. Test the vehicle in daylight and in good weather. Check the body for rust or cracks. Check tires, batteries, doors, windows, heating and cooling systems, lights, exhaust pipes and fluids to make sure they are working properly. Have a trusted mechanic thoroughly check the care before you buy it. Check the line carefully before you commit to buying. If you’re not allowed to test drive the car, don’t buy it.
- Read before you sign: take the time to read and understand any written agreement. Be sure to ask questions. Understand if there is a warranty and what it covers. If a deposit is required, ask if it is refundable and make sure the deposit is included in the contract.
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