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March 22, 2013

Haverhill used-car dealership under investigation again

City probes latest complaint against used-car seller


After that phone call, DiGregorio said he contacted Haverhill police and has since filed a complaint with Wakefield police against Kalil for allegedly threatening him. DiGregorio said he was advised by Haverhill police to file his complaint with his hometown department because that’s where he was during the phone call in which he was allegedly threatened by Kalil.

Kalil’s dealership was placed on probation for one year at the conclusion of the 2011 License Commission meeting. One member, Gerlad Sewell, wanted to revoke Kalil’s license that night, but he was overruled by Edwards and then-commission member Thomas Sullivan.

“We gave you a license to sell cars in Haverhill, and we can just as easily take it away,” Edwards said to Kalil at the 2011 meeting. “You’ve had many consumer complaints, and they can’t all be wrong and you’re right.”

At that time, Kalil said he recently made many policy and personnel changes at his dealership, including firing the store’s manager and hiring a second mechanic, to eliminate problems.

In light of Kalil’s history, DiGregorio said he is “shocked and disappointed” that Haverhill continues to allow Kalil to sell cars.

“I will admit I have damaged credit from when I was younger and was joyed to have someone approve my loan,” DiGregorio said, referring to the loan that Kaili approved that allowed DiGregorio to buy the car he is now trying to return. “But sadly, I quickly realized that it was a predatory car sales dealership and I was trapped in a lemon.’’




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