Local dealership allegedly swindles woman into buying new car

BENNINGTON, Vt. (NEWS10) – A 90-year-old woman claims a local dealership swayed her into buying a new car she didn’t need.

Dorothy Sloan said she brought her 2008 Chevy Impala to Langway of Bennington for an oil change. While at the dealership, she said the sales staff convinced her the under carriage of her car was so rusted that the whole car was about to fall apart.

“I mean, if it was in such bad shape, why did they sell it to somebody else,” she said.

She said she was talked into buying a 2014 Nissan Sentra.

“Before I didn’t have any payments,” Sloan said. “Now I’ve got payments.”

The Sentra came with a $250 per month payment and an extended warranty. Sloan said she had a case of almost immediate buyer’s remorse.

“They had sold my old car,” she said.

“That’s the same car they said was too rusty to drive,” Sloan’s daughter Cathy Coughlin said.

Coughlin believes the dealership took her mother for a ride.

The Langway of Bennington general manager did not want to talk on camera. He spoke to NEWS10 ABC reporter Anya Tucker over the phone.

The general manager said there was never any pressure, and that it’s common for people coming in for service to ask about a new vehicle. He also said Sloan was given a deal of $5,000 off the sticker price.

However, he said he wants to make the situation right, and he plans on calling Sloan with an offer of a full refund in return for the car.

The general manager also said he doesn’t know where Sloan’s Impala is now.

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