Five Companies and Dealers on the Naughty List

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey
five companies and dealers on the naughty list

Maybe it's a coincidence, or maybe we're just paying closer attention as we trawl for news -- or maybe it's that phenomenon where when you see a story on a given topic, you start seeing more.

Regardless, we've seen a ton of "dealership behaving badly" stories lately. As well as "companies behaving badly" stories. Even wrote a few.

So, here's a quick roundup of five dealers who might be seeing lumps of coal in their stockings this weekend.

This Kia dealer got hit with a huge fine for deceptive practices. Like, over a million dollars huge.

Additional dealer markups are a problem, and this dealer is asking more than double for a Honda Civic Type R. Seems crazy to us.

Ah, Hertz. Hertz has been in trouble for years, and our Matt Posky covers the latest.

Apparently, you can buy tools that roll back odometers. Any dealer that does this definitely belongs on the naughty list. Apparently, this is a trend now.

And we close with one more case of ADM. In this case it's a used-car dealer on the outskirts of Chicago asking Ferrari prices for a Corvette Z06 that has about 25 miles on it. That is, well, rather excessive.

Merry Christmas to all of those on this list. Please use that lump of coal as a sign to be better in the new year. And hey, add a few more and you can use them to grill!

Let's hope for a nicer, saner 2023.

[Images: Steve Cukrov/, YouTube screenshot, Honda, vieninsweden/Shutterstock, Lamborghini, Volo Auto Sales]

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  • Heavymetal_Hippie Heavymetal_Hippie on Dec 24, 2022

    Car manufacturers need to realize that American car dealerships are increasingly becoming *barriers* to the purchase of a new vehicle. 2022 was the year I finally decided I'm never buying new again, after buying a new car every few years for the last 20-25 years. I'd rather throw the $5,000 markup/profit a dealer makes into the trash than give a dealer a single dime.

    • JMII JMII on Dec 27, 2022

      100% accurate. I would have bought a Santa Cruz already if it wasn't for all my local dealers being such scum-bags. Over MSRP, no truth in pricing, mandatory BS packages, dealer fees and out right lies plus general being massive pains in the @$$ to deal with. I had one dealer put in $800 in government fees on a sales order. I asked what this was and they couldn't answer me especially after I pointed out per the DMV website there is only about $200 in fees. Another was proud of his $5k package because of the awesome value paint protection added to vehicle. Sorry your spray on wax isn't worth the $2 bottle it comes in. Same dealer wouldn't even give a price over the phone, claimed this could only be done in person. What idiots! I bought my USED Corvette in another state using this thing called the internet. I picked up in person but they would have shipped it to me if desired.

  • Analoggrotto Analoggrotto on Dec 27, 2022

    When is the bin laden chic going to wear of?

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