Maine AG settles claim with car dealership

Posted Jan. 20, 2012, at 4:21 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s attorney general says a Maine auto dealership has settled claims that warranty disclaimers it made when selling new cars were unfair and deceptive.

Under an Unfair Trade Practice Consent Decree approved in superior court, Berlin City Auto Group is prohibited from telling consumers that only the manufacturer — and not the dealer — is responsible if a new car has a serious defect.

Attorney General William Schneider said Maine law stipulates that car dealers are required to share responsibilities for repairs if a new car has serious problems.

Berlin City has agreed to pay a $5,000 civil penalty, but does not admit to any wrongdoing.

The company has Maine dealerships in Portland and South Portland.

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