Ferrari Dealership Faces Lawsuit Over Allegations Of Odometer Resetting

Mar 02, 2017 09:40 AM EST | JP Olvido

A US Ferrari dealership is currently facing a lawsuit filed by a former salesman.The lawsuit filed claims that the dealership is in possession of a device that allowed it to roll back the odometers found on vehicles.

Dealership faces lawsuit over allegations of odometer resetting. A dealership in Florida allegedly has a device that resets the odometer on its vehicles. This is according to a lawsuit filed a former salesman. Former salesman Robert "Bud" Root filed the lawsuit claiming that the device is called a Deis tester and is also probably being used in other dealerships across the United States and around the world. The Palm Beach Gardens resident added that the car manufacturer is told every time the device is used to reset odometers.

The lawsuit also claims that the dealership had kept information on the odometer reset procedure hidden to avoid possible regulatory and criminal consequences. The dealership also didn't want a fallout for the car manufacturer if information on the Deis tester ever came out.

It seems that the company actually knows about it and that it is actually called the DEIS system. It's even mentioned on its US website, specifically the tech section. According to the website, it is a diagnostic tool used in reprogramming a vehicle's main engine computer.

The lawsuit filed refers to one incident involving an odometer rollback. The incident involved the resetting of the odometer on US$1.5 million 2015 Ferrari LaFerrari five month after it was purchased back in May 2015. According to Root, he was fired after being accused of participating in that particular odometer reset incident. A lawyer for the Palm Beam dealership, Alan Grunspan, responded to the lawsuit and reasoned that the incident was done without the knowledge or permission of the dealership.

The luxury sports car manufacturer said in a statement that, "We do not comment on litigation between a dealer and its employees. This litigation involves third parties with respect to Ferrari North America and the litigation does not involve (the company)."

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