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June 5, 2013

Plaintiffs file lawsuits against car dealership in Stillwater

STILLWATER, Okla. — A group of plaintiffs have filed lawsuits against an area car dealership alleging a variety of methods were used to defraud customers out of money.

The petitions allege Barry Sanders Supercenter falsified documents to get financing approved, inflated car prices, under-inflated trade-in car prices and repeatedly lied to or ignored customers to earn more profits.

Plaintiffs allege the dealership removed Monroney stickers, lied about Blue Book values and falsified documents to inflate car prices. The Monroney sticker, which includes suggested retail price and a breakdown of cost, is a label required to be on all new vehicles in the U.S. In one of the five lawsuits, the customer alleged the car she purchased for $27,000 should have been listed for $19,000 — the price on the Monroney sticker which was allegedly removed.

Court records also show plaintiffs accusing the dealership of cutting and pasting onto forms and asking customers with bad credit to lie in order to get financing approved.

Court records allege plaintiffs were offered warranties, insurance polices and other benefits as free but were then charged for them and did not receive them.

All five plaintiffs contacted the supercenter asking to reverse the transactions or change the deals to make them more fair but were all refused.

The plaintiffs are asking for jury trials and in excess of $75,000 damages each.

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