Couple alleges Nissan dealership overcharged for defective vehicle

By Carrie Bradon | May 7, 2019

BELLEVILLE — A St. Clair County couple is suing a Nissan dealership and credit company, alleging the plaintiffs were sold a defective vehicle without being told of its damages.

Meghan and Marvin Tompkins filed a complaint April 25 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Cardinal Buick GMC Inc., AmeriCredit Financial Services Inc., doing business as GM Financial, alleging violation of the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act and breach of contract.

The suit states the plaintiffs purchased a used 2016 Nissan Altima from Cardinal Buick in Belleville on July 7, 2018, for the price of $16,508, plus additional charges of $9,420.26. The defendant allegedly told the plaintiffs that the vehicle was in good working condition. However, the plaintiffs allege the defendant failed to inform the them that the Altima had been involved in a collision Feb. 10, 2018. They also claim they learned that the vehicle had been used as a rental car. 

The plaintiffs allege Cardinal Buick was obligated to inform them of the damages to the vehicle. 

As a result, the plaintiffs claim they suffered monetary damages because the cost of the used Nissan should have been less than $5,000.

Meghan and Marvin Tompkins seek trial by jury, relief of $25,928.26, plus court costs, $20,000 in attorney fees and $100,000 in punitive damages. They are represented by attorney David M. Durree of David M. Durree & Associates PC in O'Fallon.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 19-L-294

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