Va. man says Kia was a lemon

By Carol Ostrow | Mar 25, 2015

PRINCETON — A Virginia man has sued an auto dealer and a manufacturer, alleging breach of contract in a 2013 vehicle purchase.

Randall Hale of Bluefield, Va., filed a lawsuit Feb. 27 in Mercer Circuit Court against Kia Motors America Inc. and Cole Automotive Group, citing the lemon law.

According to the complaint, a 2013 Kia Soul that Hale purchased from the defendant June 26, 2013, was covered by a general five-year/60,000 mile warranty plus a 10-year/100,000-mile power train warranty. The suit states Hale returned the car to an authorized Kia repair center at least a half-dozen times for a defective engine without successful repair despite the defendant’s reasonable efforts to correct the problem.

Hale alleges the vehicle has been out of service for more than 30 days and, having notified the manufacturer, he invokes breach of warranty and state consumer protection legislation.

Hale seeks: a refund of his trade-in and down payment; full purchase price plus taxes, fees, and finance charges; and damages of at least $10,000 for inconvenience; plus attorney fees and costs.

He is represented by attorney William O. Huffman of Princeton. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Derek C. Swope.

Mercer Circuit Court case number: 15-C-73-DS

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