• Report: #438940
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  • Submitted: Sun, March 29, 2009
  • Updated: Fri, January 01, 2010

  • Reported By:TAMPA BAY AREA Florida


*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Still screwing his customers after all these years.

*Consumer Comment: Doug Plattner, Plattner Auto Dealership fraudulent and decepptive business practices

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: lets get together and bury this guy

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Plattner Auto Dealership Sued By State

Area Car Dealer Accused Of Deceptive Practices

BELLE GLADE, FL. -- Attorney General Bill McCollum has announced his office has filed a lawsuit against a auto dealership and its owner, alleging unfair and deceptive trade practices related to vehicle advertisements. The Attorney General's Economic Crimes Division has been investigating Plattner's Belle Glade Dealership and owner Doug Plattner since 2004 for numerous advertisements in which the price of the vehicle did not include dealer fees. Dealer's fees can be several hundred dollars.

Being sued is Belle Glade Chevrolet-Cadillac-Buick-Pontiac-Oldsmobile, Inc. d/b/a Plattner's Belle Glade and Plattner's Clewiston located at 1700 East Palm Beach Road, Belle Glade. The allegations is a violation of a prior Attorney General order AG#L04-3-1153 and of Section 501.976(16), Fla. Stat. (2007) by advertising prices for vehicles which fail to reflect "dealer's fee." The office handling the case is the Economic Crimes Division in West Palm Beach, Florida.

In March 2005, Plattner's Belle Glade Dealership signed a settlement agreement stating it would disclose dealer fees in the price of its vehicles and refrain from any misleading advertisements. Additionally, it agreed that any future violations within four years of the settlement would result in penalties and sanctions against the dealership. Since the time of the settlement, Plattner's has run more than 100 advertisements which violate the settlement and Florida's Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices statute.

The Attorney General's lawsuit has requested injunctive relief to prevent Plattner's from running any more misleading advertisements. The lawsuit also requests civil penalties under the statute of $10,000 per advertisement and reimbursement of attorneys' fees and costs.

Plattner also owns local automotive dealerships in LaBelle, , Clewiston, Ft. Myers, and Lehigh Acres, including LaBelle Chrysler Dodge Jeep and a General Motors dealership in Arcadia, Fl. In the past, all the Plattner dealerships had added "dealer fees" that were not disclosed up front to customers or disclosed in advertising. Currently, Plattner has been running TV ads promoting "no dealer fees."


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#1 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Still screwing his customers after all these years.

AUTHOR: Dumb ass - (USA)

I worked for this guy. He is still screwing people the same way, and he will until someone puts him out of business. Doug Plattner still instructs his managers and advertising department to use deceptive advertising. Then when the customer compains he does nothing but put his employees on the line. He is a coward and a thief. He also uses his wife to hide behind. What a scumbag!!!!!!
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Doug Plattner, Plattner Auto Dealership fraudulent and decepptive business practices

AUTHOR: Indianrunner - (United States of America)

I am also involved in a lawsuit involving a dealership owned by Douglas Plattner, namely, LaBelle Chrysler Dodge Jeep in LaBelle, FL.

I purchased a truck in 2006 that had several flaws that came to light.

Falsely reporting my income to approve a loan.

Bait and switch advertising.

Violating Florida's Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices statute

Withholding money from financing.

Selling a truck before holding title to it.

Failure to permit a credit repair under the Federal Trade Commission guidelines.

Looking to get support in the way of information and or documentation that I can use in the lawsuit against Plattner.

He has repeatedly abused the court system with delaying tactics and subtrefuge to avoid appearing for his deposition, appearing at court mediation and respond to counter complaints to me as a consumer.

He is scheduled to appear for a deposition in January. I need evidence of wrongdoing that I can use in questioning that may be used in my court case.

I have lost my credit, my girlfriend, THREE vehicles if you properly include the two trades and the new vehicle I returned to avoid be a party to fraud.

I need help documenting the deceptive and illegal business practices to receive equity under the law.

Let's unite and see what happens.

If there is enough evidence we may have cause of action for a class action lawsuit as well as criminal charges.


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#3 UPDATE EX-employee responds

lets get together and bury this guy

AUTHOR: Another Screwed Employee - (U.S.A.)

anyone screwed by this guy contact me and as we are trying to band together and get a game plan to get back at this guy. If enough of us go to chanel 8 maybe they will air a news clip about this guy
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