Just months after paying $4,000 to settle a suit with the
state over Lemon Law violations, Brooks Biddle Chevrolet in Bothell found
itself back in hot water this year for violating terms of the agreement for
selling another vehicle that smelled of citrus.
The problem occurred in January when the Bothell dealership
sold a 2002 GMC Yukon to a customer without mentioning that the original owner
had returned it to the manufacturer. The dealer hadn’t gotten the legally
required special sticker for the vehicle certifying that the thing buyers are
smelling isn’t Lemon Fresh Pledge.
It was a dumb oversight—the vehicle had been
returned for a flaw in the paint—but the dealer had to pay out a $5,890
settlement. And it wasn’t the first time. Biddle’s previous settlement in
November 2009 was over its failure to post the sticker in 21 other vehicles it