Steelton Man Sues Ephrata Auto Dealership For Odometer Fraud; Plaintiff Represented by Kimmel and Silverman, P.C.

1996 Ford Taurus Was Advertised as Having 39,151 Miles;

Actual Mileage Was 104,755



Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Kimmel & Silverman, P.C.

    STEELTON, Pa., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- A Steelton, PA man filed suit today
 against Ephrata, PA-based Reinhart Ford for odometer fraud.  Shawn Mosley
 thought he was getting a great deal when he purchased a 1996 Ford Taurus with
 39,151 miles on the odometer.  It wasn't until Mosley received a letter from
 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that he realized he had
 been taken for a ride.
     The letter revealed the correct odometer reading was 104,755 miles.
 Further research indicated that the car had been involved in an accident in
 Massachusetts and sold at auction prior to Mosley purchasing the vehicle from
 Reinhart Ford.
     Mosley is being represented by attorneys Craig Thor Kimmel and Amy D. Cox
 of Kimmel and Silverman, P.C. the largest automotive law firm in the nation.
 Under the Federal Odometer Act, consumers are entitled to receive free legal
 representation under these circumstances.  If Mosley wins his case, the
 defendant will be responsible for all attorneys' fees incurred.  If Mosley
 loses his case, no fees will be charged.
     According to court papers filed today in the United States District Court
 for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Mosley purchased a pre-owned 1996
 Ford Taurus GL from Reinhart Ford on August 11, 1999 for $21,171.20.  The
 dealership represented the vehicle as having only one previous owner, who
 infrequently drove it and traded it in for reasons that had nothing to do with
 mechanical problems or any other concerns.
     After purchasing the vehicle, Reinhart Ford personnel had Mosley sign an
 odometer disclosure statement, which read that the car had 39,151 miles.  In
 accordance with guidelines set by the Pennsylvania Department of Motor
 Vehicles, the defendant performed a state safety inspection and passed the
 vehicle.  A thorough inspection would have revealed that the odometer had been
 rolled back.
     According to an investigation of the vehicle through CarFax, an industry
 and consumer service which tracks vehicle histories, the Fleet Management
 Company of Waltham, Massachusetts reported the vehicle as having 104,755 miles
 as of July 30, 1999.  On August 8, 1999, the vehicle was sold at an auction
 with a reported mileage of 39,151.  Mosley purchased the car from Reinhart
 Ford three days later.  On October 5, 2000, more than a year after the sale,
 Mosley received a letter from the National Highway Traffic Safety
 Administration informing him of the tampered odometer.
     In his suit, Mosley alleges that he would not have purchased the vehicle
 if he knew the car had been driven more than 104,000 miles.  He also contends
 that in light of the actual odometer reading, he paid much more than the
 vehicle's actual fair market value.  Mosley also states that he tried to
 return the vehicle to Reinhart Ford, however they refused to refund his
 monies.
     "When I purchased the car, I was under the impression that it had a one-
 time owner and the mileage was very attractive," says Mosley.  "I was quite
 shocked to discover that the dealership was so dishonest with me."
     Attorney Kimmel believes there is a lesson to be learned in this case.
 "Used cars are becoming a more popular alternative for car buyers, however
 it's a case of buyer beware," says Kimmel.  "When purchasing a used car, it's
 important to buy from a credible dealership and have an independent mechanic
 check the car prior to purchase.  Also, I would highly recommend that the
 consumer runs the vehicle identification number through www.carfax.com and
 reviews the vehicle's history before making their final decision.  It would
 have saved Mr. Mosley a lot of aggravation."
     Kimmel also contends that there is a silver lining behind the dark cloud,
 thanks to Federal Statutes.  "Under the Federal Odometer Act and other
 government statutes in place, it's important to realize that consumers can
 receive free legal representation if they find themselves in this situation or
 another type of fraudulent circumstance."
 
     Since 1990, Kimmel & Silverman, P.C. has provided legal representation to
 more than 15,000 consumers without charge under state lemon laws and breach of
 warranty statutes.  For more information on the Firm's services, consumers can
 call 1-800-Lemon-Law (1-800-536-6652) or visit their website at
 www.lemonlaw.com .
 
 

SOURCE Kimmel & Silverman, P.C.
    STEELTON, Pa., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- A Steelton, PA man filed suit today
 against Ephrata, PA-based Reinhart Ford for odometer fraud.  Shawn Mosley
 thought he was getting a great deal when he purchased a 1996 Ford Taurus with
 39,151 miles on the odometer.  It wasn't until Mosley received a letter from
 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that he realized he had
 been taken for a ride.
     The letter revealed the correct odometer reading was 104,755 miles.
 Further research indicated that the car had been involved in an accident in
 Massachusetts and sold at auction prior to Mosley purchasing the vehicle from
 Reinhart Ford.
     Mosley is being represented by attorneys Craig Thor Kimmel and Amy D. Cox
 of Kimmel and Silverman, P.C. the largest automotive law firm in the nation.
 Under the Federal Odometer Act, consumers are entitled to receive free legal
 representation under these circumstances.  If Mosley wins his case, the
 defendant will be responsible for all attorneys' fees incurred.  If Mosley
 loses his case, no fees will be charged.
     According to court papers filed today in the United States District Court
 for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Mosley purchased a pre-owned 1996
 Ford Taurus GL from Reinhart Ford on August 11, 1999 for $21,171.20.  The
 dealership represented the vehicle as having only one previous owner, who
 infrequently drove it and traded it in for reasons that had nothing to do with
 mechanical problems or any other concerns.
     After purchasing the vehicle, Reinhart Ford personnel had Mosley sign an
 odometer disclosure statement, which read that the car had 39,151 miles.  In
 accordance with guidelines set by the Pennsylvania Department of Motor
 Vehicles, the defendant performed a state safety inspection and passed the
 vehicle.  A thorough inspection would have revealed that the odometer had been
 rolled back.
     According to an investigation of the vehicle through CarFax, an industry
 and consumer service which tracks vehicle histories, the Fleet Management
 Company of Waltham, Massachusetts reported the vehicle as having 104,755 miles
 as of July 30, 1999.  On August 8, 1999, the vehicle was sold at an auction
 with a reported mileage of 39,151.  Mosley purchased the car from Reinhart
 Ford three days later.  On October 5, 2000, more than a year after the sale,
 Mosley received a letter from the National Highway Traffic Safety
 Administration informing him of the tampered odometer.
     In his suit, Mosley alleges that he would not have purchased the vehicle
 if he knew the car had been driven more than 104,000 miles.  He also contends
 that in light of the actual odometer reading, he paid much more than the
 vehicle's actual fair market value.  Mosley also states that he tried to
 return the vehicle to Reinhart Ford, however they refused to refund his
 monies.
     "When I purchased the car, I was under the impression that it had a one-
 time owner and the mileage was very attractive," says Mosley.  "I was quite
 shocked to discover that the dealership was so dishonest with me."
     Attorney Kimmel believes there is a lesson to be learned in this case.
 "Used cars are becoming a more popular alternative for car buyers, however
 it's a case of buyer beware," says Kimmel.  "When purchasing a used car, it's
 important to buy from a credible dealership and have an independent mechanic
 check the car prior to purchase.  Also, I would highly recommend that the
 consumer runs the vehicle identification number through www.carfax.com and
 reviews the vehicle's history before making their final decision.  It would
 have saved Mr. Mosley a lot of aggravation."
     Kimmel also contends that there is a silver lining behind the dark cloud,
 thanks to Federal Statutes.  "Under the Federal Odometer Act and other
 government statutes in place, it's important to realize that consumers can
 receive free legal representation if they find themselves in this situation or
 another type of fraudulent circumstance."
 
     Since 1990, Kimmel & Silverman, P.C. has provided legal representation to
 more than 15,000 consumers without charge under state lemon laws and breach of
 warranty statutes.  For more information on the Firm's services, consumers can
 call 1-800-Lemon-Law (1-800-536-6652) or visit their website at
 www.lemonlaw.com .
 
 SOURCE  Kimmel & Silverman, P.C.