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May 2, 1989
A local car dealership has agreed to pay $122,910 to settle charges that it misrepresented the histories of some of its used cars, the Orange County district attorney's office said Monday. Santa Ana Lincoln Mercury, while agreeing to pay fines, restitution and the cost of investigation in the case, denied any wrongdoing in the settlement. Department of Motor Vehicles investigators charged that the dealer bought used cars at auction from such companies as Hertz and Avis, then falsely sold them to unsuspecting buyers as "executive cars, cars previously owned by private parties, or cars just used around the dealership."
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July 12, 1989 | CARLA RIVERA
A Santa Ana car dealership has agreed to close for four days and pay more than $75,000 in fines to settle charges that it falsified information about some of its used cars, investigators said Tuesday. The Department of Motor Vehicle had charged that Santa Ana Lincoln Mercury bought rental cars at auction from such companies as Hertz and Avis and then sold the cars to unsuspecting buyers as little-used "executive cars."
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BUSINESS
July 12, 1989 | CARLA RIVERA
A Santa Ana car dealership has agreed to close for four days and pay more than $75,000 in fines to settle charges that it falsified information about some of its used cars, investigators said Tuesday. The Department of Motor Vehicle had charged that Santa Ana Lincoln Mercury bought rental cars at auction from such companies as Hertz and Avis and then sold the cars to unsuspecting buyers as little-used "executive cars."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1989
A local car dealership has agreed to pay $122,910 to settle charges that it misrepresented the histories of some of its used cars, the Orange County district attorney's office said Monday. Santa Ana Lincoln Mercury, while agreeing to pay fines, restitution and the cost of investigation in the case, denied any wrongdoing in the settlement. Department of Motor Vehicles investigators charged that the dealer bought used cars at auction from such companies as Hertz and Avis, then falsely sold them to unsuspecting buyers as "executive cars, cars previously owned by private parties, or cars just used around the dealership."
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April 13, 1997 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The gleaming Continentals and Cougars were proudly displayed in the tile-floored showroom as guests munched on tacos and listed to a mariachi band brought in to celebrate opening day of San Juan Lincoln-Mercury. But that party atmosphere in the fall of 1995 didn't last. Just 15 months later, bereft of customers and bleeding cash, the dealership quietly closed. Ford Motor Co.'
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December 1, 2008 | Ken Bensinger, Bensinger is a Times staff writer.
When Heritage Lincoln Mercury closed in August, the city of Tustin felt the pain. For decades, the dealership had operated out of the Tustin Auto Center -- which has 17 other franchises -- and it was once among the largest Lincoln Mercury dealers in California. It was also a crucial source of revenue for the city, which relies heavily on taxes from automobile sales to keep afloat.
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October 5, 1986 | DAVID M. KINCHEN, Times Staff Writer
Auto malls, offering the newest products of car dealerships, are becoming convenient one-stop, shopping centers for car-loving Southern Californians. The advent of such auto shopping malls, with direct competition among the dealers, fittingly--if belatedly--is taking root here, a national center of attraction for the trend-conscious car industry.
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