Koons Kia to return $1M to consumers in settlement with Md. AG Frosh

The owners of Koons Kia, in Owings Mills, will return an estimated $1 million to consumers in a settlement with Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh over allegations of hidden fees.

In addition to hidden fees, Koons Kia also collected fees (known as “freight charges”) for shipping their vehicles from consumers, although the shipping cost was already included in the advertised price of the vehicle, Frosh said in a news release.

They’ll pay Frosh’s Consumer Protection Division $100,000 for costs incurred during the investigation as well.

The settlement requires the dealership to stop charging car buyers fees, other than taxes or title fees, that were not included in the advertised price for a vehicle, as well as freight charges.

“Car dealers must honor the price they advertise for their vehicles,” Frosh said in a statement. “I am glad that Maryland consumers will receive refunds for the fees that they paid above the advertised price.”

If you’re owed a refund, you don’t need to do anything. The Consumer Protection Division will contact you directly.

Will Vitka

William Vitka is a Digital Editor and reporter for WTOP.com. He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

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