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Carrie Grosvenor

"Price is Right" Car Winner Claims Prize is a Lemon

By December 17, 2007

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There are three little words that every Price is Right contestant longs to hear before playing a pricing game: "A New Car!" Donna Tillman heard these three lovely words during the June 8th, 2004 episode of TPIR, and went on to win a 2004 Pontiac GTO Coupe.

After winning the car, Tillman ran into some problems. As Reuters reports, Tillman was told that the car she had won had some "mechanical problems" and delivery would be delayed. When she finally did receive her car, it was a different model with more miles on the odometer than she had expected. After having a minor accident in her new car, Tillman learned from the repair shop worker who fixed the car that it had been refurbished after suffering some major damage to the frame in the past.

Tillman has filed a lawsuit against The Price is Right. What I'm wondering though is why she waited so long to address the issue. She won the car in 2004, received it eight weeks later, and took it in for repairs "several months" after getting it. Even if the repair work and discovery of concealed damage occurred in mid-2005, I can't see why it would take over two years to complain.


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