Kia claims New England auto dealer falsified sales records – WMUR Manchester

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Car manufacturer Kia is suing a New England auto dealer, claiming the dealership allegedly falsified sales records to earn incentives.The lawsuit filed by Kia claims that senior management at Dan O’Brien Auto Group reported sales to the carmaker that never happened, at times just shuffling vehicles from one lot to another to make it look like they had been sold. Kia claims that in an audit of Dan O’Brien Auto Group dealerships in 2021, inspectors found dozens of cars at the Concord, New Hampshire, and Norwood, Massachusetts, locations that had been reported to the manufacturer as sold. >> Download the free WMUR app to get updates on the go: Apple | Google Play <<The lawsuit alleges that non-Kia O'Brien dealerships were used to buy the cars, making them look like normal retail sales and allowing the dealer to collect an incentive payment from Kia. In the lawsuit, the company is claiming more than $500,000 in damages. Attorneys for the Dan O'Brien Auto Group denied any wrongdoing and claimed the practices outlined in the complaint are actually encouraged by Kia. They also said the vehicles were never resold as new cars. Lawyers for Dan O'Brien Auto Group said they're planning countermeasures in court, including a motion to dismiss. Kia told News 9 it does not comment on pending litigation.

Car manufacturer Kia is suing a New England auto dealer, claiming the dealership allegedly falsified sales records to earn incentives.

The lawsuit filed by Kia claims that senior management at Dan O’Brien Auto Group reported sales to the carmaker that never happened, at times just shuffling vehicles from one lot to another to make it look like they had been sold.

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Kia claims that in an audit of Dan O’Brien Auto Group dealerships in 2021, inspectors found dozens of cars at the Concord, New Hampshire, and Norwood, Massachusetts, locations that had been reported to the manufacturer as sold.

>> Download the free WMUR app to get updates on the go: Apple | Google Play <<

The lawsuit alleges that non-Kia O’Brien dealerships were used to buy the cars, making them look like normal retail sales and allowing the dealer to collect an incentive payment from Kia.

In the lawsuit, the company is claiming more than $500,000 in damages.

Attorneys for the Dan O’Brien Auto Group denied any wrongdoing and claimed the practices outlined in the complaint are actually encouraged by Kia. They also said the vehicles were never resold as new cars.

Lawyers for Dan O’Brien Auto Group said they’re planning countermeasures in court, including a motion to dismiss.

Kia told News 9 it does not comment on pending litigation.

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