Guess those NBC investigations finally paid off.
Santa Ana-based EZ Lube Inc. has agreed to pay $5 million to settle allegations that it charged customers for unnecessary or unfinished repairs.
The settlement stems from a 2004 investigation by the state's consumer agency that investigates complaints against automobile repair shops.
The state is placing the company, which operates about 80 shops in Southern California, on probation for five years. The state also ordered the company to suspend services other than oil and filter changes and chassis lubrications at many of its shops.
Skip Miller, an attorney for EZ Lube, says the company reached a settlement to avoid civil litigation and says no fraud occurred.
EZ Lube also agreed to install surveillance cameras so motorists can watch their vehicles being serviced.