Used car dealership accused of making false representations

Steve Gonzalez Jul. 19, 2005, 2:21am

Four Flags

Nathan Grant thought he was getting a "like new" 2002 Pontiac Firebird when he was "induced" to buy for $24,160 in May, but instead he wound up with a junker.

Grant filed suit against Four Flags Motors July 18 in Madison County Circuit Court alleging the Edwardsville car dealership violated the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act by making a number of false representations which induced him to purchase the vehicle on May 18.

He claims the salesman told him the car was "like new" which was not true, and concealed the fact the car had a "junk title".

Had he known the car had a junk title and the representations about the car being like new were allegedly false, he would not have purchased the vehicle, his suit claims.

"Four Flags was aware that the representations were false, and through its salesman, acted with reckless disregard for the veracity if the representations, and exercised reckless indifference to the rights of Grant by ignoring information already in its possession," the complaint states.

Grant is seeking a judgement against Four Flags for all actual, punitive, and other damages to which he is entitled, a court order rescinding the transaction, attorney fees and costs, and any other relief the court deemed just and proper.

Grant is represented by Gregory Moss of Krohn & Moss of Chicago. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Daniel Stack.

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