Checks will soon be in the mail for customers who purchased cars from a Marshall County dealership between Nov. 1, 2010 and Nov. 1, 2012. Auto Park of Plymouth has reached a settlement with the state over excessive paperwork charges during that two year period. State officials say the dealership was charging customers exorbitant documentation preparation fees. The settlement follows a joint investigation by the attorney general’s office and secretary of state’s office prompted by a customer questioning the charge, called a doc fee. Investigators looked into the costs and found them to be excessive on about 38,000 transactions. Indiana law requires doc fees to be disclosed, negotiated, reflective of actual expenses and noted on the purchase agreement. Customers who were charged a document preparation fee of $228 will each receive a refund of $34 from Auto Park. The dealership will send checks directly to eligible customers.
Written by Mary Perren
WKVI News Director Mary Perren is glad to be back home in northern Indiana and on the radio. She’s a North Judson native with more than 20 years of news experience. She’s worked in print and radio news in Indianapolis, Hopkinsville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn. and most recently in Winamac before taking over as news director for Kankakee Valley Broadcasting in February of 2013. Her work has been honored by the Associated Press, StateNets News Association, Curb Foundation, Hoosier State Press Association and IBA. When she’s not sitting in the anchor chair or chasing down news, Mary enjoys shopping for antiques, attending concerts and taking long walks and rides in her vintage Saab convertible, weather permitting. She’s also a hopelessly devoted Chicago Cubs fanatic who still cringes at the mention of Steve Garvey and Josh Beckett and maintains it wasn’t Steve Bartman’s fault.