A Washington auto parts lawsuit alleges that a local Ford dealer tried to charge more for windshield wiper fluid than it was actually worth. The charges were for high-priced car wash additives and an expensive anti-freeze. The auto parts lawsuit claims the dealership was illegally charging auto glass replacement and wiper fluid on the same day, when the windshield wiper fluid and anti-freeze should have expired.
According to the lawsuit, the auto parts store bought both the windshield wiper fluid and the anti-freeze from the same supplier. When the windshield wiper fluid and anti-freeze were supposed to expire, the auto parts store did not put the correct date on the container or put the two items in the proper compartment. When the items expired, the store assistant told the owner of the car that they were out of order. When the lawsuit was filed in January, the manager of the auto parts store instructed the owner of the car that the windshield wiper fluid and anti-freeze must be purchased separately. No investigation of the purchase or instructions for their expiration was done.
The complaint further states that because of the manager’s negligence, the store was forced to pay a substantial fine. The dealership was also required to reimburse the customer for all products that were improperly sold. The fine was ordered to be paid twice, once in quarterly payments. The complaint further states that the manager of the store received bonus compensation for the sale of the recalled parts.
The complaint further states that since the dealership failed to follow proper procedures when selling windshield wiper fluid and anti-freeze, they have defrauded the government by deflating the market value of their vehicles. The auto parts lawsuit further states that since the company sold the windshield wiper fluid and anti-freeze for the correct retail value, the government is now owed double the retail price of the items. The complaint further states that since the store manager did not perform due diligence when preparing the bill of lading, the government is owed twice the actual cost of the items sold. Lastly, the complaint states that since the manager knew that windshield wiper fluid and anti-freeze were overpriced, they did not exercise reasonable judgment when setting the retail price. The complaint has been lodged with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit.
Auto Parts Now LLC is owned by Warren Reif, who also owns Auto Parts & Accessories LLC. Warren is the president of both companies. The complaint was lodged against both Auto Parts Now LLC and Warren Reif. Both companies are currently being investigated by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit.
A representative from the auto parts lawsuit will be at the dealership and will review your vehicle information. From there, an auto parts lawsuit representative will ask you a series of questions pertaining to the auto parts and accessories you are selling. They will take the information you give and use it to determine your actual value and whether or not you can re-sell the auto parts or accessories. If you can re-sell the auto parts or accessories, you will owe the difference of what the store originally sold it for and the difference in price that you negotiated with the auto parts lawsuit representative. If the lawsuit has been resolved in your favor, the dealership will send you a check for the difference. If not, the case will go back to a judge for a jury trial.