Crime & Courts

Some customers of Anchorage used-car dealer can get restitution after state settlement alleging unfair practices

Customers of an Anchorage used car dealership accused of unfair business practices are eligible for restitution under a settlement with the Alaska Department of Law.

Anchorage Auto Mart LLC will pay $60,000 toward a restitution fund in addition to $35,000 in civil penalties, according to the law department.

A consumer protection lawsuit the state filed in 2020 against the dealership accused the company of failing to tell customers vehicles lacked a title when sold, failing to disclose that vehicles had reconstructed titles, misrepresenting the accident history and posting false or misleading advertisements.

The dealership denied it used unfair and deceptive practices but agreed to a resolution, according to the law department.

A call to Anchorage Auto Mart wasn’t immediately returned Wednesday.

People who purchased a car from the dealer between September 2014 and October 2021 can file a claim for restitution until June 17. Claim forms are available from the Alaska Department of Law’s consumer protection unit by email at consumerprotection@alaska.gov, by phone at 907-269-5200 or by mail at 1031 W. Fourth Ave., Suite 200, in Anchorage.

The restitution fund will be administered through Anchorage Superior Court.

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