AG Shapiro takes action to protect Pennsylvanians who buy used cars – PA Office of Attorney General
Two Philadelphia-area dealerships knowingly sold cars that weren’t roadworthy and misled consumers about vehicle safety
HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced today that his office has filed a lawsuit against Philadelphia-area used-car dealerships, A Impuls Auto Inc. and Great Auto Deals Inc., for allegedly violated Pennsylvania consumer protection laws. Owners and operators Yudik Aysenshteyn and Yuriy Klimin are also named in the lawsuit. A Impuls Auto, Inc. is located in Philadelphia and Great Auto Deals Inc. is located in Hatboro, Pennsylvania.
“We’ve seen continued demand for used cars here in Pennsylvania,” AG Shapiro said. “And with that comes an increase in scammers. Pennsylvanians are paying thousands of their hard-earned cash for cars that break down the same day they buy them. It’s not something my office is going to wait and let. We warn these dealers: shift gears, obey the law, or my office will see you in court. »
An American consumer who buys a used car today pays 42% more than they would have in 2019, according to Kelley Blue Book.
Lawsuit alleges Aysenshteyn and Klimin sold cars to consumers that were unfit to be on the road, intentionally misled consumers about safety and condition of vehicles, operated unlicensed dealership and made unauthorized sales. In complaints filed with the Attorney General’s Office, consumers alleged that vehicles sold broke down or were deemed unsafe to drive on the same day they were purchased or a few days later. A consumer paid over five thousand dollars for a used car only to discover upon inspection that the entire bottom of the car was rust damaged. The damage had been spray painted as a method of concealment. In addition to the chassis of the vehicle which was rusted, the brakes were rusted and the emergency brake was inoperable.
The lawsuit asks the court to order Yudik Aysenshteyn and Yuriy Klimin, owners and operators of car dealerships, to:
- Pay compensation to all persons who suffered losses as a result of the defendants’ conduct.
- Be permanently prohibited from 1) doing business as a seller of motor vehicles in Pennsylvania or to Pennsylvania consumers, and 2) from any practice that violates consumer protection law, automobile regulations, the Code of Vehicles and/or Vehicle Council Act.
- Pay civil penalties of $1,000 for each violation of the Consumer Protection Act and $3,000 for each violation involving a consumer 60 or older.
Consumers who believe that they or someone they know may have been victimized by A Impuls Auto, Inc. or Great Auto Deals Inc. should file a complaint with the Office of Consumer Protection Online, by calling 800-441-2555 or emailing [email protected] Repair shops, dealers or anyone else who may have information regarding the alleged business practices of A Impuls Auto Inc., Great Auto Deals Inc., Yudik Aysenshteyn or Yuriy Klimin should also contact the Bureau.
The lawsuit was filed in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas.
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