Wichita used car dealership enters into a consent judgment with State District Attorney after two consumer complaints
A used car dealership in Wichita and one of its owners entered into a consent judgment with the Office of the District Attorney out of Topeka, according to the Sedgwick County DA's office.
The District Attorney’s Consumer Protection Division investigated iDeal Enterprises, LLC (iDeal Motors) at 4435 S. Broadway after receiving two consumer complaints in September. Those complaints stemmed from warranty paperwork from the transactions of sales of vehicles, both of which allegedly violated the Kansas Consumer Protection Act (KCPA), because they attempted to limit the implied warranties of merchantability. Adam Newbrey, an owner of iDeal, denied the allegations.
According to a news release from Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett, the consent judgment calls for Adam Newbrey and iDeal to pay "$10,000 in civil penalties in addition to other costs and expenses." The consent judgment also calls for an injunction from engaging in deceptive or unconscionable acts and cooperation with any future complaints.
The District Attorney wants to remind residents that dealerships cannot sell a car “As Is” in Kansas. Buyers Guides (the "window stickers" on cars) provided by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are required to be placed on used vehicles. These guides give consumers important information such as any mechanical issues, safety recall information, and other potential defects with the vehicle. Consumers should also try and have the vehicle inspected, ask for a vehicle history report, and check for recalls at https://www.safercar.gov/vin before purchasing. Recalls are free and repairs are covered by the manufacturer.
Dealerships selling cars for normal use must be in a reasonably safe condition, substantially free of defects that could render them inoperable, and they must perform up to the level reasonably expected of cars of the same age, mileage, and price.