(Hamilton, Ohio)- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has filed lawsuits against two Car Dealerships for failing to deliver a title for cars, that were purchased from their dealerships.

The lawsuit against Fairgrove Auto Center that operated as Rout 4 Auto Center at 4805 Dixie Highway, seeks $11,492.90 to resolve consumer complaints.

The lawsuit also claims Falcon Auto Sales on 6416 Dixie Highway in Fairfield, run as Extreme Imports failed to file applications for tittles with in 30 days of delivering a vehicle.

In a statement from his office Attorney General Mike DeWine says “Consumers bought vehicles from these dealerships and then waited months for their titles or never received them,”

“That’s not only a bad business practice, it’s also a violation of Ohio law. We are filing these lawsuits to recover funds and to prevent future violations.”

The Attorney Generals Office reminds consumers to take the following precautions when buying a used car:

Research a dealership’s reputation. Check with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and the Better Business Bureau for any complaints on file.

Be sure to get all verbal promises in writing, especially any repairs or warranties.
Read the fine print. Make sure you understand the purchase agreement and the financing terms. Ask questions about anything you do not understand.

Understand that “as is” means the car is not covered by warranty. You will be responsible for repairs.
Take a vehicle for an extended test drive before buying. Ask a trustworthy mechanic to check it for problems.

Contact the Attorney General if a used car dealership fails to provide you with a title within 30 days of the sale. Keep in mind that in most cases, you cannot return a car once you buy it.

Consumers who believe they have been treated unfairly should file a complaint with the Ohio Attorney General's  Office at www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov or 800-282-0515.

Copies of the lawsuits are available on the Ohio Attorney General's website