BELLEVILLE – A consumer claims a Wood River auto dealer failed to disclose the vehicle she purchased had frame damage.
Jamie Rains filed a complaint on Jan. 23 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Jack Schmitt Chevrolet of Wood River Inc. and Continental Service Provider Inc., alleging that they violated the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act and the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practice Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Feb. 9, 2012, she purchased a 2009 Saturn Outlook from Jack Schmitt for $36,620.25. She claims Jack Schmitt represented the vehicle was approved by General Motors as certified pre-owned.
After purchase, the plaintiff alleges she experienced non-conformities with the vehicle, including but not limited to a defective HVAC control module, leaking water pump, transmission slipping and defective timing chains. She alleges Continental attempted to repair the vehicle 11 times between 2012 to 2017. She alleges she later learned Jack Schmitt failed to disclose the vehicle had structural damage.
The plaintiff alleges Jack Schmitt concealed, omitted and suppressed the fact the vehicle as having frame damage and Continental failed to comply with express written warranties.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks actual and consequential damages, costs of court and all other relief that are just and proper.
She is represented by Alexander J. Cornwell of Brody & Cornwell in Swansea.
St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 18-LM-50