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Classic Chariots Sued for Allegedly Selling Cars Above Their Advertised Prices

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Classic Chariots, the popular Vista, California used car dealership, has been sued by the lemon law attorney author of this blog in a lawsuit alleging that it sells used cars to consumers above the prices at which the vehicles were advertised. The lawsuit also alleges that Classic Chariots sold the plaintiff a used car that it advertised as “better than certified,” but which had actually been seriously damaged in a prior accident. The lawsuit is titled Munoz v. Classic Chariots, Inc., et al. (San Diego County Superior Court Case No. 37-2013-00039840).

Please note: the court in this case has not found that Classic Chariots did anything wrong, and the dealership has denied all liability in the case.

Allegations Against Classic Chariots

On March 19, 2013, the Law Office of Michael R. Vachon, Esq. filed a lawsuit on behalf of Oceanside, California resident Mr. Carlos Munoz. The complaint alleges that in April, 2011 Classic Chariots advertised for sale a certain used 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The ad stated that all of the dealer’s automobiles are “better than certified,” and that the Chevy Malibu’s asking price was $11,998.

The complaint further alleges that Mr. Munoz later visited the dealership, was shown the Chevy Malibu, and the dealership told him that it had been thoroughly inspected and was in excellent condition. Mr. Munoz purchased the Chevy Malibu for a price of $12,999, and the complaint alleges that Classic Chariots did not inform him that it had previously advertised the car for a lower price. Mr. Munoz also alleges that he later discovered that, contrary to the dealership’s representations, the Chevy Malibu had previously been in an accident in which suffered major damage.

The complaint alleges causes of action against Classic Chariots for selling automobiles for more than their advertised prices, breach of the lemon law’s implied warranty of merchantability, fraud, and violation of the Consumers Legal Remedies Act.

Click here to read a copy of the complaint:

Attorney Looking For Other Classic Chariots Customers

Mr. Munoz’s complaint alleges that he is not the only consumer who purchased a used car at Classic Chariots for more than its advertised price. It alleges that the dealer has an illegal business practice of selling cars for more than their advertised prices, and seeks an injunction relief forcing it to cease and desist.

In order to gather evidence related to the business practice claims, the lemon law attorney representing Mr. Munoz is attempting to contact other customers to see if they paid more than the advertised prices for their vehicles. If you purchased a used car or truck from Classic Chariots in the past four years, please call the Law Office of Michael R. Vachon, Esq. at 1-855-4-LEMON-LAW (1-855-453-6665).


About the Author
Mr. Vachon is the founder and principal of the Vachon Law Firm. He is in expert in the California lemon law and has represented California consumers in hundreds of lawsuits against automobile manufacturers, car dealerships, and finance companies.