Contra Costa Dealership—European Auto Center—Misled Consumer About Vehicle’s Condition?

Our client purchased a 2011 BMW 550GT from Shahrokh Matin, dba European Auto Center, a used car dealership located in the City of El Cerrito, in Contra Costa County. Before purchase, our client alleges a salesperson named Matt told her the vehicle was tuned-up, which our client reasonably understood to mean it had been inspected and serviced before being displayed for sale. Based on Matt’s representations about the vehicle’s condition, our client decided to purchase the vehicle.

Shortly after her purchase, the vehicle’s dashboard warning indicators showed it was consuming oil at a rapid rate and their was a problem with the coolant. White smoke also started coming out of the tailpipe when our client would start the vehicle.

Our client brought the vehicle to a BMW dealership for diagnosis and was told the vehicle needed over $6,000 in repairs.

Not knowing where to turn, she called Rosner, Barry & Babbitt’s Auto Fraud Legal Center. Our attorneys soon discovered European Auto Center had our client sign a separate promissory note to make undisclosed deferred downpayments and overcharged our client for vehicle license fees—violations of the Automobile Sales Finance Act. European Auto Center also allegedly attempted to illegally disclaim implied warranties on the vehicle while selling our client a $1,650 service contract—a violation of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act.

The attorneys at Rosner, Barry & Babbitt specialize in dealer fraud and deceptive business practices and have filed a lawsuit in the Contra Costa Superior Court in order to recover all of our client’s money.

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