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Used Car Dealer Of The Year

BROOKLYN (CN) - A disabled woman who lives in a homeless shelter says Giuffre Mitsubishi tricked her into buying a car by sending her a scratch-off game that lured her to the lot to claim a prize. She says that on Christmas Eve, Giuffre's salesman demanded a slew of personal information from her, then drove her off the lot, gave her the keys and told her she had just bought the car - though she has no license and can't drive.

Janette Rodriguez says the salesman, co-defendant Victor Manuel Pizarro, did this despite her protests that she only wanted her prize, not a car.

She says Giuffre sold her the used car she doesn't want and can't drive for $11,679, plus a $2,000 service contract - and a $45 "dealer processing fee."

Rodriguez has hydrocephalus, major depression and bipolar disorder. She is a domestic violence survivor and suffers from chronic pain. She also sued Capital One Auto Finance and the car dealer's corporate parent, Giuffre Autoworld.

She is represented in Kings County Court by Claudia with the Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project.

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