Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
Lithia Auto Dealers
Current Parent Company: 
Lithia Motors
Penalty: 
$500,000
Year: 
2006
Date: 
December 1, 2006
Offense Group: 
consumer-protection-related offenses
Primary Offense: 
consumer protection violation
Violation Description: 

Lithia paid $500,000 to settle a consumer protection case over its practice of charging an "administrative" or "document preparation" fee on all of its vehicle sales that was nothing more than dealer profit, and consumers often confused this fee with state title, licensing, and registration fees paid to the DMV, and also Lithia's failure to provide certain disclosures to consumers who purchased used vehicles.

Level of Government: 
state
Action Type: 
agency action
Agency: 
Alaska Attorney General
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil
Facility State: 
Alaska
HQ Country of Parent: 
USA
HQ State of Parent: 
Oregon
Ownership Structure of Parent: 
publicly traded
Major Industry of Parent: 
retailing
Specific Industry of Parent: 
retail-automotive
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Parent company note: 
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