Rutledge Files Suit Against Local Car Dealer for Consumer-Protection Violations
January 12, 2016
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge filed a consumer-protection lawsuit today against Jacksonville-based Miracle Motors Corp. and its owners for advertising the sale of used vehicles and failing to provide the vehicle title on the vehicle to Arkansas purchasers.
“Purchasing a vehicle is a major expense,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Arkansans deserve to be treated with fairness and complete honesty when they visit a business, but Miracle Motors took advantage of that expectation. The deceptive fraud that Miracle Motors undertook left many Arkansans in difficult positions, putting not only their transportation and credit at risk but also their livelihoods.”
To date, 15 instances have been identified where the car dealer failed to provide a title to the vehicle at the time of sale.
According to the complaint, which was filed today in Pulaski County Circuit Court, on numerous occasions the dealership advertised vehicles for sale, which it did not own, sold the vehicles to Arkansas consumers, accepted payment and failed to deliver the vehicle title in a timely fashion. The owners of Miracle Motors implicitly misrepresented the current condition of the vehicles they sold by offering them for sale without having the ability to convey the title at the time of purchase. Consumers believed that there were no restrictions or obstacles preventing them from ownership of the vehicle.
In addition to not being able to legally drive the vehicle, lack of a title prevented Arkansans from insuring the vehicle, exposing them to great risk.
Rutledge is asking the court to impose civil penalties, restitution for the affected consumers, attorneys’ fees, costs and other relief against Miracle Motors.
If you are a consumer who has been impacted by the actions of Miracle Motors, Rutledge encourages you to contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Hotline at (800) 482-8982.