Think Twice Before Buying A Suzuki Car, Connecticut Officials Warn

November 17, 2012

Following the recent news that the American Suzuki Motor Corporation has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and will discontinue sales in the United States’ automobile market, Attorney General George Jepsen is advising Connecticut consumers to weigh the options before purchasing a Suzuki automobile.

In announcing its decision to end automotive sales in the country, Suzuki said that it intends to market and sell its remaining U.S. automobile inventory.

“With Suzuki looking to clear out its U.S. inventory of automobiles, consumers may find better prices and deals on Suzuki automobiles in the coming months,” said Attorney General Jepsen. “Suzuki has obtained court authorization to honor warranties during the bankruptcy, but consumers should be aware that the circumstances are fluid and may change. Some Suzuki automobile dealerships may close while others transition to offer vehicle service and warranty repairs. Consumers should be aware that while the company has expressed intent to ensure parts and service for Suzuki automobiles remain available after the bankruptcy, some consumers may have to travel longer distances to reach them.”

Attorney General Jepsen summed up his advice stating: “Consumers should carefully weigh the benefits and drawbacks before signing on to purchase an automobile from Suzuki at this juncture.”

The company has expressed its desire is that all warranties will continue to be fully honored and that automotive parts and service will be provided to consumers. Suzuki’s discontinuation of sales in the U.S. does not apply to the company’s motorcycle, ATV or marine businesses.

Consumers with questions or concerns can call the company’s information hotline at 877-465-4819, or contact the Office of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection unit at 860-808-5400.

Assistant Attorney General Matt Fitzsimmons and Phillip Rosario, head of the Consumer Protection unit, are assisting the Attorney General with this matter.

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