June 15, 2012
Jefferson City, Mo. -- Attorney General Chris Koster yesterday obtained a temporary restraining order prohibiting a car dealership in Springfield from selling vehicles and from altering the odometer of vehicles.
In addition to the restraining order, the Attorney General filed a lawsuit that alleged that Excel Auto Group, LLC, advertised, marketed and sold motor vehicles claiming the vehicles had lower mileage than they actually did. On at least two occasions Excel Auto Group advertised a 2002 Toyota Sequoia for sale, advertising the vehicle mileage of 119,600 miles. The actual mileage of the vehicle was more than 200,000 miles.
The temporary restraining order entered by Judge Jason Brown against the company prohibits Excel from violating Missouri’s consumer protection laws; from advertising, transferring, hiding, or selling motor vehicles; from altering the mileage reading and/or odometer reading of a motor vehicle; and from disposing of any documents related to the company’s advertisement or sale of motor vehicles.
“Consumers should be able to trust that a car they purchase has the correct mileage,” Koster said. “I want to continue to assure consumers that this office will be aggressive in going after those who engage in this illegal behavior.”
Koster recognized the Missouri Department of Revenue for its assistance in the investigation. A court hearing on the Attorney General’s request for a preliminary injunction is scheduled for June 21, 2012, at 1:30 p.m.
Citizens are encouraged to report complaints to the Attorney General Consumer Complaint Division at 800-392-8222 or complete a complaint form at the Attorney General’s website at http://ago.mo.gov/consumercomplaint.htm.