Fiat Chrysler Accused Of Adding 'Phantom Freight' Costs

By Bill Wichert (May 5, 2022, 8:10 PM EDT) -- Two customers have hit Fiat Chrysler with a proposed class action in New Jersey federal court, alleging that the automaker has resumed the practice of charging so-called phantom freight by artificially jacking up charges passed on to customers for delivering new vehicles to dealerships.

Decades after the allegedly deceptive practice ceased due to "congressional intervention," FCA US LLC has been issuing "destination charges" in recent years that are far more than the actual costs of transporting vehicles to dealers, according to the complaint filed Wednesday by plaintiffs Christopher Lindsey and BCR Carpentry LLC.

"Seizing on its ability to manipulate the market...

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