Remember those way-too-good-to-be-true deals from car dealer Chad Franklin Suzuki? The ones touting a
"gas experiment" in which the dealership offered $49 a month car
payments plus free gas? Well, the fallout from that keeps coming.
A jury awarded more than $1.3 million to a couple who claimed the dealership scammed them, according to the always awesome Daily Record in Kansas City.
The story goes that Max and Glenna Overbey bought a
2007 Suzuki from Chad Franklin and were guaranteed payments for $49 a
month, although the retail agreement said $719 a month. The Daily Record
reports that the couple was given a check to make up the difference for
six months. They were told to bring the Suzuki back at the end of that
period, and they could trade it in for another vehicle with the same
Except Chad Franklin backed out of the deal, and the Overbeys were left paying the full amount.
Wednesday, a Clay County jury awarded the Overbeys $76,000 in actual
damages and $250,000 in punitive damages from the dealership as well as
$4,550 in actual damages and $1 million in punitive damages from Chad Franklin himself, according to the Daily Record.
year ago, Chad Franklin Suzuki settled its lawsuit with the state of
Kansas, agreeing to pay the state $350,000 and never sell vehicles in
the state again.
This all really blew up thanks to a message board thread on KCTalk,
where people claimed the car dealership screwed them with its "gas
The Star reports that the Overbeys aren't the only ones suing, but the Overbeys are the first to see a judgment.