Ford sues Denny Hecker dealership

More troubles for Denny Hecker. Ford Motor Company is suing a Hecker dealership in Stillwater for allegedly failing to pay for more than 3 million dollars in vehicles and parts.

The dealership is one of six that the Denny Hecker Automotive Group closed in November after the credit agency Hecker used suspended its loans.

Ford argues it was never paid for 84 vehicles. The company maintains in its lawsuit that 80 of the vehicles were sold to fleet buyers, such as car rental companies, and were delivered directly to those buyers.

The other four, Ford says, were delivered to the dealership's Stillwater showroom for retail sales.

In the suit, Ford seeks $3.1 million from the dealership. It also asks a federal judge to order the sheriff to seize the unsold vehicles and return them to Ford.

A Ford spokeswoman said the company will not comment on pending litigation.

The Denny Hecker Auto Group did not respond to a request for comment.

Hecker is also in a legal battle with Chrysler over financing, and has recently sold or closed 9 dealerships.

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