Customer accuses Pinellas County auto dealership of fraud

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Mar 12, 2018

CLEARWATER — A customer has filed a class action lawsuit against a Pinellas County car dealer, alleging fraud.

Melissa Smith filed a complaint, individually and on behalf of those similarly situated, Feb. 19 in Pinellas Circuit Court against The Auto Port Inc. alleging the dealership obtained profit through unfair or deceptive trade or commerce.

According to the complaint, July 8, 2016, Auto Port charged Smith $14,850 for the purchase of a used 2013 Honda Accord that allegedly had been completely repaired and was in good condition. 

The suit says The Auto Port failed to disclose the true accident and damage history of the vehicle, and failed to disclose that the vehicle’s title branded it a rebuilt car.

Smith seeks trial by jury damages of more than $15,000, declaratory and injunctive relief, attorney fees and court costs, plus all further relief the court deems just. She is represented by Roger D. Mason II, Joseph V. Nemeh, and John S. Valenti of Roger D. Mason II PA in Tampa.

Pinellas Circuit Court case number 18-CA-1039

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