North Jersey Auto Mall Targeted in Consumer Suit by AG's Office


PATERSON, NJ – A judge has ordered a 6th Ward used car dealership to disclose damage on the vehicles it puts up for sale, according to a press release issued Tuesday by the New Jersey Attorney General;s Office.

The North Jersey Auto Mall on Thomas Street put up 51 used vehicles for sale without disclosing $213,758 in damage to them, according to a lawsuit filed by the AG’s office and the State Division of Consumer Affairs.

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The state also alleges that, in some instances,  consumers were told that vehicles were “absolutely mint in and out” or were “ in pristine condition” when such was not the case.

Last Friday, Superior Court Judge Mary Margaret McVeigh granted the state’s request to stop the dealership from advertising and selling used vehicles without disclosing prior damage and/or prior use, pending a hearing on the state’s request for preliminary injunctive and other relief, the press release said. The judge also granted the state’s request for the appointment of a temporary monitor for the dealership.

“Used cars are not inexpensive.  Consumers who are spending thousands of dollars for a used vehicle are legally entitled to be told if the vehicle has sustained prior damage or if it’s been used as a fleet or rental vehicle,” Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa said.

In its five-count complaint, the state alleges that Lencore Leasing, Inc., which does business as North Jersey Auto Mall andDCH Motors, and Lenny Belot, the owner/operator of the dealership, violated the Consumer Fraud Act, Used Car Lemon Law, and Motor Vehicle Advertising Regulations in their advertisement, offering for sale and sale of used motor vehicles.

When contacted by on Tuesday morning, Belot declined to comment on the allegations against his company.

The state also alleges that the defendants’ online advertisements failed to include the required disclosures of prior use and prior damage and that defendants violated the Used Car Lemon Law  by allegedly failing to disclose existing mechanical defects in used motor vehicles prior to sale. The Defendants also allegedly misrepresented that vehicles were covered by a warranty when such was not the case. 

Moreover, the state is accusing the Auto Mall of failing to respond to consumer requests for refunds or reimbursements for repairs that consumers paid for; failed to include promised equipment such as navigation systems and floor mats in the purchased vehicles; and failed to disclose that the sales price did not include licensing and registration fees, and taxes.

“A nice wax job can make any vehicle look good. But below the surface, we allege that real and potentially dangerous problems existed for Lencore’s consumers,” said Eric T. Kanefsky, Acting Director of the State Division of Consumer Affairs.  “We believe some purchasers might have reconsidered their decision to buy if they had known the vehicle had mechanical defects or had been used in fleet or rental service.”

To date, the Division of Consumer Affairs has received 14 consumer complaints about the Auto mall, three of which were forwarded from the Passaic County consumer affairs office and one of which was obtained from the Better Business Bureau.

Consumers who believe they have been cheated or scammed by a business, or suspect any other form of consumer abuse, can file a complaint with the State Division of Consumer Affairs by visiting its website or by calling 1-800-242-5846 (toll free within New Jersey ) or 973-504-6200.

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