Connecticut's Attorney General, William Tong, has filed a lawsuit against a Naugatuck used car dealership, Naugatuck Auto Sales, for alleged deceptive sales practices involving the sale of potentially unsafe vehicles. The lawsuit alleges that the dealership engaged in misleading tactics, including failing to disclose known mechanical issues and selling vehicles with expired safety inspections.

Misrepresentation and Deception

The complaint alleges that Naugatuck Auto Sales misrepresented the condition of vehicles to prospective buyers. In one instance, the dealership allegedly sold a vehicle with a known transmission problem, but failed to disclose the issue to the buyer. In another instance, the dealership allegedly sold a vehicle with an expired safety inspection, again without informing the buyer.

Potential Danger to Consumers

The lawsuit emphasizes that the sale of vehicles with undisclosed mechanical issues and expired safety inspections poses a significant hazard to consumers. The vehicles in question may be unsafe to operate, increasing the risk of accidents and injuries.

Violations of Consumer Protection Laws

The lawsuit alleges that Naugatuck Auto Sales violated several state consumer protection laws, including the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act and the Connecticut Motor Vehicle Dealers Act. These laws prohibit deceptive and misleading practices in the sale of goods and services.

Injunction and Damages Sought

Attorney General Tong is seeking an injunction to prevent Naugatuck Auto Sales from continuing its alleged deceptive practices. Additionally, the lawsuit seeks damages on behalf of consumers who have been harmed by the dealership's actions.

Statement from Attorney General Tong

"Used car dealers have a responsibility to be honest with consumers about the condition of the vehicles they sell," said Attorney General Tong. "My office will not hesitate to take action against any business that engages in deceptive or illegal sales practices."

Investigation and Findings

The lawsuit is the result of an investigation by the Attorney General's Office. The investigation included interviews with consumers, reviews of dealership records, and inspections of vehicles sold by Naugatuck Auto Sales. The investigation uncovered evidence of systemic deceptive practices by the dealership.

Impact on Consumers

Consumers who purchased vehicles from Naugatuck Auto Sales are advised to have their vehicles inspected by a qualified mechanic to ensure their safety. They may also be entitled to damages under the terms of the lawsuit.


Attorney General Tong's lawsuit is a significant step in protecting consumers from deceptive sales practices by used car dealerships. It sends a clear message that businesses must be honest and transparent in their dealings with the public. The outcome of the lawsuit will serve as a deterrent to other dealerships from engaging in similar deceptive behaviors.

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