Dispute Over Vehicle Price Leads to Arrest and a Lawsuit

Posted on October 5, 2012

Have you been in an automobile accident, or your vehicle is getting old, and you’re in the market for a new vehicle?  If so, then you might want to pay attention to this next story, as it provides a cautionary tale to those looking to get a great price on a newly purchased automobile.

Last May, a man purchased a Chevy Traverse from the Priority Chevrolet dealership in Chesapeake, Virginia.  The next day, he brought the vehicle back in because he thought he’d go with a different color.  However, those two vehicles had about a $5,600 difference in price.

The purchaser alleged that no one from the dealership explained to him the difference in price, and the man balked when after the fact he was asked to agree to a contract listing the higher price.  The dealership decided to take a unique tact to get their money:  an employee called the police and said the man had stolen the vehicle.

The man was taken to jail by authorities, and it took about four hours to get the issue straightened out.  The owner of the dealership said he regrets what happened and has offered not to impose the higher price, but the buyer doesn’t think that’s good enough.  He has sued the dealership for over $2 million.

Stay tuned to see what ultimately happens, and remember to take precautions whenever you seek out a new automobile.

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