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Hackettstown Honda Owners Pay $1.8M to Settle ‘Deceptive Sales’ Allegations

Customers say eight dealerships didn't sell for advertised price, withheld damage information on used cars, report says.

Hackettstown Honda on Rt. 46 in Washington Township is one of eight New Jersey car dealerships that has agreed to pay $1.8 million to settle allegations including deceptive sales tactics and withholding mechanical defects to used cars.

According to nj.com, the dealerships owners – Carmelo Giuffre, of Brooklyn, New York, and Ignazio Giuffre, of Colts Neck – will also settle with and provide restitution to 45 customers who filed complaints against the dealerships.

The Giuffre’s admitted no guilt and are settling because they want to avoid litigation, the report said.

The dealerships failed to honor negotiated or advertised prices for vehicles, charged customers for supplemental warranties or other “after-sale” items without the buyer’s knowledge, the report said.

Hackettstown Honda opened its doors in 2012. The seven other dealerships part of the allegations included Route 22 Toyota; Route 22 Honda; Route 22 Nissan and Route 22 Kia, all in Hillside; Hudson Honda in West New York; Freehold Hyundai and Freehold Chrysler Jeep, the report said. 

Geoff Cabral July 18, 2014 at 01:55 PM
Not surprising at all. Honda dealers have seemingly used their cars' great reputations to bilk their customers on Repair and Warranty Service work for decades. Suggestion to class action customers and your attorneys: Expand your review to the service side of these biznesses.
Not Again! July 19, 2014 at 11:09 AM
The service department is deceptive as well. I had a coupon for an $89.95 AC Service (regularly $100) The coupon reads and I quote "Our Honda-trained technicians will inspect and test your AC system for leaks, and add refrigerant if necessary". I presented the coupon and they (she) told me that freon is not included and it would cost $159.95 if they added any. The coupon may still be on the website.
onetiredmomma July 19, 2014 at 09:43 PM
I purchased a certified used suburban from Chevy 46 in Hackettstown, 30 days later it was towed in, I had to buy a extended warranty because my one previous owner vehicle keeps breaking down, I have put several thousand into a vehicle that the dealership doesn't even want to buy back on a trade in.I wonder if they are the same owners or related to Honda 46. I have definitely been deceived on thus vehicles past maintenance and ownership.

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