At least two dealers nave been charged with selling an “unwanted and bogus” anti-theft product to as many as 1,100 car buyers for a price of up to nearly $4,000 per customer. The allegations were leveled in a lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, who claims to have recovered more than $19 million in restitution and penalties from auto dealers on behalf of nearly 29,000 car buyers since 2015.
One customer stated she paid $1,995 for “Etch” on her bill of sale, noting that she had not and would not have agreed to pay for VIN window etching. An investigation for a number of customer had paid excessive amounts for etching and other products.
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