Chrysler to Connecticut: Don't Tax Our Lemons!
Like most U.S. states, Connecticut has a "lemon law" for consumers who buy a defective vehicle. In the Constitution state, the offending manufacturer must provide a refund or a comparable new vehicle AND reimburse buyers for certain other charges, including sales taxes. Chrysler wants that tax money back, even though its paid by the consumer (not the manufacturer) and a superior court judge said go sing. The RepublicanAmerican reports that Connecticut's Attorney General is not amused by Chrysler's decision to take its case to the state supreme court. "It could be called the height of chutzpah for a car manufacturer that sells a defective car to seek repayment for the tax paid by the consumer," Richard Blumenthal kvetched. Chrysler spokesperson Elaine (no relation) Lutz says the state's picking on carmakers. "Connecticut retailers are entitled to reimbursement of sales tax on refunds to consumers. Chrysler is asking… for the same treatment." You'd think Chrysler would want to keep stum about its lemons, but there are millions of dollars at stake. Oy.