Road Motors Reaches Settlement in Fraud and Lemon Law Lawsuit


The San Diego lemon law lawyer who publishes this blog is pleased to announce that the parties to the lawsuit Wiltse v. Road Motors (San Diego County Superior Court Case No. 37-2010-00072138) have reached a settlement. The San Diego County Superior Court’s decision to reconsider its April 15, 2011 arbitration ruling (which required the parties to argue their claims in arbitration, rather than in court) sparked the settlement. Once the reconsideration motion was scheduled, the defendants Road Motors and Credit Acceptance Corporation agreed to a settle with the Plaintiff and his San Diego, CA lemon law lawyer.

Located in Spring Valley, California, Road Motors is a San Diego County used car dealership. Road Motors’s co-defendant, Credit Acceptance Corporation, lends and finances loans for vehicle purchases. Road Motors assigned Plaintiff Daniel Wiltse’s vehicle purchase contract to Credit Acceptance Corporation.

Complaint in Road Motors Lawsuit Contained Allegations of Fraud & Violation of the California Lemon Law

Plaintiff Daniel Wiltse, a car buyer from San Diego, CA, alleged that Road Motors sold him a used Mercedes-Benz, and that Road Motors falsified the down payment amounts in his automobile purchase contract. Mr. Wiltse’s San Diego lemon law attorney alleged in the complaint that falsifying purchase contract amounts is a violation of California’s consumer protection statutes, including the Automobile Sales Finance Act. Mr. Wiltse’s attorney further alleged that the Mercedes-Benz turned out to be unsafe and inoperable, and that this amounted to a breach of the implied warranty of merchantability under the lemon law in California. Lastly, the complaint alleged that Road Motors, by not disclosing that the Mercedes-Benz had been in a previous accident, violated the Consumers Legal Remedies Act and committed common law fraud. Cases involving previously wrecked vehicles are a common type of auto fraud prosecuted by Mr. Wiltse’s lemon law lawyer in San Diego County. Selling previously wrecked vehicles without disclosing known accident damage is not expressly prohibited by the lemon law in California; however, it may still violate California’s other consumer protection laws.

Please note: Road Motors and Credit Acceptance Corporation denied all liability during the lawsuit, and claimed that no wrongdoing was committed. Further, the settlement agreement included no admissions of liability or wrongful conduct.

Road Motors Required to Take Back Mercedes-Benz Per Terms of the Settlement

All of the parties to the Road Motors settlement agreed that the settlement’s financial terms would be private and kept confidential. However, the settlement (as negotiated by Mr. Wiltse’s San Diego lemon law attorney) required that Road Motors take back the allegedly defective Mercedes-Benz.

Other Road Motors Customers Qualify for Free Consultation with San Diego Lemon Law Attorney

San Diego, California lemon law attorney Michael R. Vachon, Esq. offers advice to Road Motors customers regarding the California lemon law’s rules. We are experts in litigating California lemon law and auto fraud lawsuits, and consultations for Road Motors customers are always FREE!! Contact the Law Office of Michael R. Vachon, Esq. at (858) 674-4100 for your free CA lemon law consultation with an expert San Diego lemon law attorney.

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