PATERSON - The Division of Consumer Affairs is suing a north Jersey car dealership for tens of thousands of dollars, claiming the dealership tried to hide serious mechanical problems.

Investigators say 51 online advertisements for the North Jersey Auto Mall failed to disclose prior damage totaling tens of thousands of dollars and 225 advertisements misrepresented the actual prices of the cars.

Consumer Affairs received 14 complaints about the dealership, prompting an investigation.

The lawsuit against owner Lenny Belot and North Jersey Auto Mall is seeking restitution for consumers, plus civil penalties up to $10,000 per violation. Belot denies that any fraud has been committed.

A judge has ordered the dealership to correct its online ads immediately.

The Better Business Bureau currently gives the dealership a grade of "F".