ST. LOUIS – A Cahokia, Illinois auto dealer is alleged to have failed to disclose that a vehicle purchased by a St. Louis County man had been damaged by a flood.
Andre Dehart filed a complaint on July 2 in the St. Louis Circuit Court against Paylater Auto Sales II Inc. alleging that the motor vehicle dealership violated the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act and the Federal Odometer Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Oct. 27, 2017, he purchased a 2010 Chevrolet Impala from defendant for a total sale price of $5,625. The suit states the defendant advertised the vehicle as having no defects or problems.
The plaintiff alleges he took possession of the vehicle but the defendant failed the deliver the title. He also alleges that he later learned when he took the vehicle to a repair shop that the vehicle could not pass a Missouri safety inspection and that the vehicle had previously been damaged in a flood and was considered a salvage vehicle as of May 2017. The suit also states that at an auction, the vehicle's true mileage was stated as unknown.
The plaintiff holds Paylater Auto Sales II Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly misrepresented the mechanical condition of the vehicle.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against the defendant for damages of more than $10,000, plus costs, attorney's fees and all other relief that is proper and just. He is represented by Bryan E. Brody and Alexander J. Cornwell of Brody & Cornwell in St. Louis.
St. Louis Circuit Court case number 1822-CC10661