Beware: Planet Honda of Union, NJ - Timco, Inc. - Tim Ciasulli
2285 Route 22 West
Union, New Jersey 07083
908-964-1600 or 800-316-3718
In some situations auto dealers may be forced by the auto
manufacturers that sell to them, to change their dealership names,
even though the original names may have become quite familiar to the
public -- in a shall we say, negative way.
In other cases, the dealerships may choose to change their names
themselves, if for example, the name should become (for any number of
reasons) something undesireable in the public eye.
The folks behind the dealership operation may very well STILL be the
very same folks running or having some degree of influence, in the
manner in which the place operates mind-you.
For example: Timco, Inc. which does business with the public as Planet
Honda of Union, New Jersey is the firm owned by Tim Ciasulli.
Tim-Co... get it?
His half-brother Bob Ciasulli also runs a number of dealerships which
have undergone public name changes for reasons which you can guess at,
if you read between the lines, and look for other documents from the
State of New Jersey about Bob Ciasulli's operations.
The Ciasulli Family name used to be VERY VERY prominently visible on
auto dealership signs across parts of New Jersey, but not any more.
Check around the web and your state governments for dealers who you
may want to do business with -- before you buy.
We did just that, and ran into Tercia Leite, the Internet Sales
"Manager" at Planet Honda of Union, NJ in January of 2007.
During a conversation, and upon our questioning the origin and
breakdown of any of their *requested*
"fees" as they pertain to a new
car purchase, we were abruptly and rudely told that their dealer
documentary fee ($289) was mandatory because it already was
pre-printed onto all of their sales orders, and therefore required by
the state. Knowing full well that New Jersey has no such "documentary
fee(s)" as being mandatory, that statement was a BIG RED FLAG on their
business tactics, so we passed on Tercia AND Planet Honda.
As a service to the public, and with out further delay, we present the
following document/information available to the public at large.
New Jersey Department of Law & Public Safety
New Jersey Office of the Attorney General
Stuart Rabner, Attorney General
Division of Consumer Affairs
Stephen B. Nolan, Acting Director
For Immediate Release:
November 3, 2006
For Further Information Contact:
Tamisha Hallman 973-504-6327
ATTORNEY GENERAL AND DIVISON OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS
SUE TWO CAR DEALERSHIPS
NEWARK, NJ - The Attorney General’s Office and the Division of
Consumer Affairs have filed suit against Timco, Inc., owner of Planet
Honda, and Chevrolet 73, Inc., owner of two vehicle dealerships, for
multiple violations of the state’s Consumer Fraud Act, Attorney
General Stuart Rabner and Acting Director Stephen B. Nolan announced
The two lawsuits, filed in State Superior Court in Union and Camden
counties, allege that Planet Honda, a Union Township-based car
dealership, and the Berlin-based Chevrolet 73 and Chevrolet 73 Bargain
Corral dealerships, committed unconscionable commercial practices and
violations of the state’s Motor Vehicle Advertising Regulations.
The dealerships violated the Motor Vehicle Advertising Regulations in
newspaper and internet ads by failing to make required disclosures,
including limitations on rebates to consumers, and failing to disclose
previous damage to and/or prior use of used motor vehicles.
“A deal that is impossible to obtain is no deal at all. Consumers were
lured into these two dealerships by deceptive ads,” Attorney General
Rabner said. “We expect businesses to make all legally required
disclosures so consumers are protected in the marketplace.”
The suits allege multiple violations of the Consumer Fraud Act,
including unconscionable commercial practices, providing misleading
information to consumers, and withholding information from consumers
such as prior vehicle damage, among other things. The specific
Failure to honor the advertised and/or negotiated terms of a sale or
Failure to disclose to consumers prior accident history and damage of
purchased or leased cars;
Misrepresentation of vehicle mileage;
Misrepresentation that certain dealer-provided options were mandatory;
Charging for title and registration in excess of the MVC fees;
Use of the state seal in advertisements to imply a state certification
that did not exist;
Failure to provide consumers with title and registration in a timely
Engaging in “bait and switch” by advertising a vehicle with a low
sales or lease price and then refusing to sell or lease that vehicle
at the advertised price;
Failure to cancel a contract or pay off a loan on trade-in vehicles;
Violations of the Used Car Lemon Law, including misrepresentation of
the mechanical condition of a used motor vehicle.
“The purchase or lease of a car often is one of a consumer’s largest
purchases and they should have confidence that the dealer is treating
them fairly,” said Acting Director Nolan. “In these cases, consumers
were the victims of conniving schemes intended to boost sales. We
intend to stop these dealers in their tracks and reimburse those
consumers who were taken for a ride.”
The state is seeking restitution for consumers who have filed
complaints and maximum civil penalties which currently provide for up
to $10,000 for the initial violation of the Consumer Fraud Act and up
to $20,000 for each subsequent violation. The state also is seeking a
change in business practices at Planet Honda and Chevrolet 73 to
prevent future violations. Deputy Attorneys General Gina M. Betts and
Jeffrey Koziar are representing the state in these matters.