Man who bought salvaged vehicle claims it quit working shortly afterward sues

By Kyle Barnett | Mar 20, 2014

GRETNA – A local used car dealer is being sued by a customer who claims he should receive a full refund after a car he purchased quit working.

Martisen Harmon filed suit against Quality Auto Center Inc. and Mark Tulio in the 24th Judicial District Court on Feb. 27.

Harmon asserts he bought a 2010 Dodge Charger from Quality Auto Center Inc. for $16,045.25 on Nov. 8, 2011. He alleges that at the time of the purchase he knew the vehicle held a salvage title but he was not aware it had previously been totally damaged in a car accident. However, Harmon claims that Quality Auto Center Inc. misrepresented the nature of the vehicle’s condition and said it was in excellent working condition with less than 27,000 miles on it.

The plaintiff asserts that shortly after he took possession of the car it quit working and has not been in operation since. Harmon alleges that on Jan. 23 he sent a letter to Quality Auto Center Inc. requesting a refund or replacement of the vehicle, but has not received a response.

The defendant is accused of fraud, refusing to disclose the salvage nature of the vehicle and implied warranty of fitness.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for vehicle replacement, court costs and attorney’s fees.

Harmon is represented by attorney Leloashia H. Taylor of Gretna.

The case has been assigned to Division K Judge Ellen Shirer Kovach.

Case no. 735-944.

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