A New York Honda dealership agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle charges levied by the Federal Trade Commission that management discriminated against African-American and Hispanic car buyers, among other violations.
The FTC, in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in New York on May 21, accused Bronx Honda and its general manager, Carlo Fittanto, of deceptive advertising, inflating vehicle prices with fraudulent expenses, charging above the minimum $75 state limit for documentation fees, and double-charging consumers taxes on vehicle purchases. With these and other practices, the FTC alleged the defendants violated the FTC Act, the Truth in Lending Act and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, the agency said in a statement Wednesday.
Attempts to reach managers at the dealership for comment were unsuccessful on Wednesday.
One scam cited by the FTC in its initial complaint involved adding fees to certified pre-owned Honda vehicles.
Despite the fact that American Honda prohibits…