State Bans Dealer for Two Weeks Featured

By Staff Writer May 15, 2018

The Michigan Secretary of State announced that Patsy Lou Chevrolet in Flint Township has had its dealer license suspended for 15 days because of repeated violations, found as a result of inspections and consumer complaints, for not providing titles to buyers as required by law.

Operated by licensees Patsy Lou Williamson and Ted Merrill Gans, the dealership sells new and used vehicles at 5135 Corunna Road in Flint Township. A state administrative law examiner ordered the suspension, which will run through May 25.

The dealership is not permitted to buy, sell, trade or deal in vehicles during the suspension.

In the most recent complaint lodged against the dealership, the Department of State’s Office of Investigative Services heard from a consumer in December 2016 who said she hadn’t received a title for her vehicle. An investigation found that not only had the buyer not received the title after two months, but also that the paperwork submitted after the sale by the dealership contained false information. Additionally, the dealership gave the buyer a dealer plate in the interim because she was unable to title and register her vehicle to get a license plate. Dealer plates are supposed to be used only by the dealership for business purposes.

The Department of State previously had received similar no-title complaints from customers about not receiving a title that resulted in a 12-month probation for the dealership beginning in May 2015 and 24-month Assurance of Discontinuance, which is a formal agreement that the dealership will comply with state law, beginning in February 2014.

State law requires a dealer to make an application for title and registration within 15 days of delivery of the vehicle. Without a valid title, the buyer won’t be able to prove ownership of the vehicle and won’t be able to register it to get a license plate.

Last modified on Tuesday, 15 May 2018 13:32

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