Call For Action Case Update - Car Dealer Says He Made An Honest Mistake

LEXINGTON, NC -- Phil Hemric Sr. of H-and-H auto sales in Thomasville pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge today. The charge stems from a Call for Action story we told you about last week. Shelia Watts bought a car from H & H Auto Sales. When the 1995 Saturn started having problems, Shelia looked at her paperwork. She discovered her title said she bought a salvaged car. But on her bill of sale, the box for salvaged wasn't checked. By law, H & H was required to tell Shelia in writing her car was salvaged.

Today, dealership's owner Phil Hemric Sr. told a judge he was guilty - with an explanation. You see H and H did check "yes" - vehicle had been damaged in excess of 25%. But the car was actually so badly damaged, the dealer should have also check "yes" to the car being salvaged. In court, the DMV confirmed the dealer only sold salvaged cars and always filled out paperwork the same way. Hemric Sr. he thought he was he was completing the paperwork correctly. "It was just an honest mistake. I thought that was all I was supposed to check."

The judge did find Hemric Sr. guilty. But he gave him the lightest sentence possible - a prayer for judgment. So he didn't enter a sentence. Hemric paid $190 in court costs without any other penalty.


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