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Columbus, OH: (Nov-20-07) Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann's office brought charges against Ackers, Inc., a Lancaster-based company that does business as ASK Powersports, alleging that the company engaged in deceptive trade practices. The suit stated that in May 2006, the Attorney General's office filed a lawsuit against the motorcycle and ATV dealer for routinely slipping freight and dealer charges that sometimes amounted to more than $600, into sales contracts with its customers. The practice was in violation of Ohio consumer protection laws. The laws say a motor vehicle dealer may not advertise any price for a motor vehicle unless such price includes all costs to the consumer except tax, title, and registration fees, and a documentary service charge.

ASK allegedly advertised motorcycles and ATVs for sale at specific prices and then added freight, assembly, and/or dealer service charges. As part of a settlement reached, the company agreed to pay $70,000 in costs and civil penalties, with $45,000 suspended upon full compliance with the settlement, to resolve allegations. [LANCASTER EAGLE GAZETTE: VEHICLE FEES]

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Published on Nov-21-07


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