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Customer says Kennedi Auto Sales sold him defective vehicle

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Apr 25, 2017

BELLEVILLE — A customer is suing a Cahokia used car dealer for allegedly selling him a defective vehicle.

Reginald E. Welch filed a complaint on March 29 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Ken's American Motors Inc., doing business as Kennedi Auto Sales, alleging the dealer violated the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that, on Feb. 25, 2017, he purchased a 2001 Ford Escape from Kennedi Auto Sales in Cahokia. He purchased the vehicle by paying $1,200 in a down payment and $253 for insurance. Immediately after purchase, Welch claims, the vehicle was defective. 

The plaintiff alleges Kennedi Auto Sales fraudulently represented that the vehicle was in good running condition and fraudulently concealed that the catalytic converters required replacement.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks the sum of $1,453 for compensatory damages, plus $50,000 for punitive damages, plus costs of this suit. 

He is represented by David M. Duree of David M. Duree & Associates PC in O'Fallon.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 17-L-166

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