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AG Derek Schmidt: Kansas company fined for selling vehicles without disclosing salvage status

Release Date: May 07, 2019

OTTAWA – (May 7, 2019) – A Kansas company has agreed to pay $40,000 in penalties and fees to resolve allegations it violated the Kansas Consumer Protection Act, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.

Central RV, Inc., of Ottawa, agreed to a consent judgment ordering it to pay $30,000 in enhanced civil penalties, $10,000 in investigation fees and consumer restitution. The judgment was approved yesterday by Judge Eric Godderz in Franklin County District Court. In addition, Central RV was permanently enjoined from violating the Kansas Consumer Protection Act and ordered to comply with Kansas statutes related to dealer licensing, sales, sales reporting, titles and registration. Additional civil penalties totaling $131,000 were ordered but suspended on the condition that the company remain in compliance with the terms of the injunction.

The attorney general’s Consumer Protection Division began investigating Central RV in August 2016 following allegations the company was selling salvage recreational vehicles without properly disclosing their salvage status as required by law. Central RV was also alleged to be selling recreational vehicles “with all faults” and excluding the implied warranty of merchantability, which is prohibited in Kansas.

A copy of the consent judgment is available at http://bit.ly/2POFty0.

More tips on staying safe from scams are available on the attorney general’s consumer protection website at www.InYourCornerKansas.org

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