Lithia accused of fleecing veteran, targeted by vets' groups
By Peter Wollheim
On September 9, 82-year old Frank Baxter made a wrong turn with his newly purchased 2005 Toyota RAV-4. Baxter, a retired pipe fitter and decorated veteran, intended to pull into Petersen Motors on Fairview for a minor mechanical adjustment. But with eyesight and judgment both failing, he wound up on the lot of Lithia Ford instead. A few hours later, Baxter left Lithia as the owner of a Ford Focus. Family members say the dealership had traded Baxter his $28,000 original vehicle for a $13,000 car, straight across.
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