Woman claims she overpaid for '02 Sebring convertible

Steve Gonzalez Apr. 4, 2007, 1:00pm

Four Flags

Ladonna Umbaugh filed suit against Edwardsville-based Four Flags Motors in Madison County Circuit Court April 2, claiming the car dealer violated the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act when it sold her a 2002 Chrysler Sebring LX convertible in October 2003.

According to Umbaugh, the window sticker on the Sebring stated that the selling price was $19,470 and that the car has six cylinders and a premium sound system. She also claims the sticker listed a Kelley Blue Book suggested retail price of $18,175.

She claims that after purchasing the car, she learned that the vehicle only had four cylinders and did not have a premium sound system.

Umbaugh claims another car dealer informed her the blue book value is $14,500 and that she overpaid $8,000 because the price of the car was based on it containing a six cylinder engine.

She also claims aside from the window sticker inaccuracies, she has had problems with the transmission leaking, windows, and alignment and that the car is inoperable because of the leaking transmission.

Umbaugh claims Four Flags was deceptive in quoting a blue book value based upon a six cylinder car when it was selling a four cylinder car so that they were able to overcharge her.

"It was defendant's intent for plaintiff to rely on the deception because the deception enabled defendant to sell the faulty vehicle at an inflated price," the complaint states.

Represented by Lance Mallon of Wood River, Umbaugh is seeking damages in excess of $50,000, plus costs of the suit.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Barb Crowder.

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