Queen City Used Car Dealer Fitted With Lawsuit
Just when you thought a new year and a new leaf on good things, we get word of some bad news regarding alleged misdeeds by a used vehicle dealer. Jokes aside, there are reputable used vehicle dealers just as much as there are some disreputable attorneys, doctors, bankers, and other professionals. The goal is not to let a few bad apples spoil what we hope is the proverbial good bunch.
The North Carolina Attorney General’s office (not good) and the U.S. Attorney’s office (really not good) have filed a joint lawsuit against two Charlotte, North Carolina dealerships owned by the same individual. The dealerships involved are Auto Fare and Southeastern Auto Corporation both located on busy Wilkinson Boulevard. The federal lawsuit alleges multiple violations of the law relating to the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and the North Carolina Unfair and Deceptive Practices Act from 2006 to 2011. The lawsuit alleges the dealerships provided unfavorable credit and financing terms to African-American customers and that the dealerships’ owner, Zuhdi A. Saadeh, used racial slurs and derogatory remarks about his African-American customers. These allegations are quite troubling indeed but let’s allow the legal process to play out and see how the matter is ultimately resolved.
In the meantime if you are thinking about purchasing a used vehicle do your homework before even setting foot on a dealership lot. Be prepared and resolute in your position on terms such as price, vehicle condition, warranty coverage, and other key components of your transaction. If you have purchased a used vehicle and believe you are the victim of auto fraud, credit discrimination, or other violations of the law contact the O’Neal Law Office for a free initial consultation.
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