Local car dealerships named in class action lawsuit

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Two local car dealerships have been named in a class action lawsuit by customers who claim they were scammed into buying cars they couldn't afford.

The suit was filed on Friday in Charleston County.

It names Rick Hendrick Jeep Chrysler Dodge Ram on Savannah Highway in West Ashley, the Hendrick Corporation and Northwoods Automotive on Dorchester Road.

The suit claims Rick Hendrick worked out a scheme to boost its sales.

According to the lawsuit, the dealership bought titles, but no cars, from Northwoods Automotive.

Customers were allegedly asked to sign the title, to make it look like they had a car to trade in for a new one.

The dealership is also accused of falsifying paperwork to make it look as though the buyers could afford cars they couldn't.

The customers who are suing also claim their car payments were much higher than promised, and in one case, double the amount they expected.

The customers are suing for damages, and want a jury trial.

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