Overcharging for Motor Vehicle Title Fees: Consumer Lawyer

In Cerbo v. Ford of Englewood the class action alleged that most major dealers in the State of New Jersey committed consumer fraud by overcharging for motor vehicle and title fees. The case was settled and settlement checks were mailed some time ago.

It has now been several years since the massive settlement in Cerbo v. Ford of Englewood, and it looks to be apparent that many of the dealerships who participated either directly, indirectly or tangentially in the settlement in the Cerbo v. Ford of Englewood case, which resulted in millions being paid to consumers and attorneys, have very short memories. On a limited basis, certain dealerships are apparently continuing to overcharge for title and registration. After the Cerbo v. Ford of Englewood settlement, the dealerships continued to overcharge; however, many of the larger and more reputable dealerships implemented a refund policy: after you purchased the vehicle a refund check was calculated based on the exact amount of overcharge for title and insurance. This title and registration overcharge was then refunded to the consumers so as to share compliance with Cerbo v. Ford of Englewood and the legal standard established in that case. Title and registration fees are very simple, set forth on your registration, and there is a $20 or  possibly a $40 charge on top of that registration fee for an issuance of a new title. You simply need to compare the documentation you receive from the dealership with the documentation you receive from the Division of Motor Vehicles. If there is a discrepancy between the title and registration fee that was paid to the Division of Motor Vehicles and the title and registration fee that was charged by the dealership, you should ask the dealership for a refund if you have not received same. Over a long period of time the discrepancy of the title and registration fees collected by the dealership and paid to the Division of Motor Vehicles adds up. This is evidenced by the multi-million dollars that the settling dealerships paid to customers as part of the Cerbo v. Ford of Englewood settlement.

The Motor vehicle commission has a list of the possible title and registration charges including transfer of ownership.  There is also such a thing as special title. There is a special fee for duplicate documents.