BELLEVILLE — A customer is suing a BMW dealer, alleging she was sold a vehicle that was not in working condition despite statements that it was.
Stacey Childs filed a complaint Feb. 20 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Auffenberg Dealer Group, alleging fraud and negligent misrepresentation.
According to the complaint, on Oct. 27, 2017, Childs visited Auffenberg Dealer Group where she was told a BMW was available for the price of $19,981 and it was in operable condition. The suit states Childs also purchased a SafeRide Motor Club Gold Tire and Wheel package, as well as an enhanced service contract.
After purchasing the BMW, Childs claims she noticed a puddle of fluid under the car and informed Auffenberg. The defendant allegedly told the plaintiff to drive the car to Auffenberg Pre-Owned Select for inspection on Oct. 29, 2017, and the BMW's radiator was replaced Nov. 10, 2017.
On Jan., 2, 2018, Childs claims she had her vehicle inspected at Newbold BMW and was told that the vehicle had a number of damages, for which the plaintiff paid $1,157.98. The lawsuit states the car was then transferred to the defendant for additional repairs and was taken without the plaintiff's permission to another BMW dealership for service.
The plaintiff alleges she has made payments to Auffenberg Dealer Group but the defendant has failed in its representation to her.
Childs seeks damages in excess of $25,000 and all other just relief. She is represented by attorney Wilson D. Sikes of St. Louis.
St. Clair County Circuit Court Case number 19-L-138