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Batavia car dealership facing lawsuit after several complaints

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BATAVIA, OH (FOX19) -

A car dealership accused of selling junk cars and not releasing titles to customers after closing a sale is facing a lawsuit from the Attorney General's Office.

Keith and Janet Shomo used to drive past the BDS Auto Sales dealership in Batavia nearly every day. They were considering a Red 2004 Mazda 6, but they didn't know much about the car dealership.

"We just knew he had inexpensive cars and we were looking for a car for our granddaughter who was just getting ready to turn 16," said Janet Shomo.

They paid $3,000 for the car with the agreement that the owner would replace the tires and fix an oil leak. Keith Shomo said it took nearly a month for the repairs to be made.

"When we finally did take possession of it. I barely made it home with the car," he said.

He said the car died in his driveway. When he had a mechanic look at it, he was told the Mazda needed a new engine.

"To replace the engine would be $3,000 to $3,500," said Keith Shomo.

A hefty price that would cost more than they paid for the car.

"He had our money, but we still didn't have a car," Keith Shomo said.

They decided to cut their losses and sold the car for $1,000.

Dozens of these type of complaints are rolling into the Attorney General's Office. Now the AG has announced a lawsuit against the car dealer, Brandon Doughman. They say the lawsuit stems from him failing to provide titles for vehicles his customers purchased.

"He did finally mail the title to us. It was a week late but we did get a title," said Janet Shomo.

She says they got the title after he learned they were in the process of filing their own lawsuit.

The AG's lawsuit accuses Doughman of violating Ohio’s Consumer Sales Practices Act and Certificate of Motor Vehicle Title Act. It also seeks reimbursement of claims.

"We saw on Facebook post after post, after that time about what he was doing to people and it was just sad," said Janet Shomo.

She says, they are relieved that action is being taken to put a stop to it.

"I do want to see him held accountable the way he talked to all these people. He was stealing blind from them, too," she said.

The Attorney General's Office tells FOX19 NOW they have received nearly 30 complaints from people who have had problems after purchasing a car from BDS Auto Sales.

FOX 19 NOW tried reaching out to the owner of the dealership, but the phone number was disconnected.

The Attorney General's Office says the business is still operating and that they are continuing to get complaints. Consumers who experience car title problems or who have other consumer complaints should contact the Ohio Attorney General's Office at www.OhioProtects.org or 800-282-0515.

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