Michigan’s Secretary of State summarily suspended the licenses of three used-vehicle dealers for failure to follow proper procedures.
Acting on complaints from financial institutions that alleged Car 1 LLC d/b/a Charger Auto Sales, in Waterford, had failed to apply for titles, which created numerous problems for the vehicle buyers including not easily being able to prove ownership, Secretary of State investigators attempted to conduct an inspection of records and inventory at the dealership on June 30.
During the inspection, the dealer failed to produce records as required by the Michigan Vehicle Code.
SOS investigators attempted general compliance inspections at Trendy Auto Sales in Pontiac on four occasions. In each instance, the dealership did not make records available or the facility was closed during posted business hours.
Although the dealer license was renewed, the location is now vacant.
Secretary of State investigators attempted inspections of records and inventory for Elite Motor Group in Waterford on two occasions. The dealership was closed both times and did not appear to be operational.
Carvana Co. is opening a location in metropolitan Detroit.
This increases Carvana’s reach to 32 markets.
To celebrate its arrival in Detroit, Carvana is hosting an event at Hart Plaza on the Detroit Riverfront on July 22. Visitors can enjoy cool treats, music from Bluewater Kings Band and giveaways, all courtesy of Carvana.
The Michigan Secretary of State suspended the license of a used-vehicle dealer and automotive recycler for failing to comply with a request to inspect dealership records.
Secretary of state investigators conducted several inspections at Grand Auto Sale & Parts in Flint. However the licensee is alleged to have repeatedly failed to provide records of inventory and sales transactions as required by law.
Laws requiring detailed recordkeeping protect against the sale of stolen vehicles and parts and ensure the vehicle buyer receives a valid title and proper registration.
Detroit has the highest car insurance rates in the country, followed by Brooklyn and New Orleans, according to an analysis of car insurance rates nationwide.
CarInsurance.com analyzed rates for a 2016 Honda Accord with full coverage in nearly all ZIP codes in the U.S.
Detroit had the highest average premium at $7,415, That is 199 percent higher than the state average of $2,484.
Two cities in Ohio - Fremont and Coldwater - tied for the lowest average premium at $804.
The Michigan Secretary of State suspended the license of a Muskegon used-vehicle dealer after consumer complaints led department investigators to the discovery of violations.
Several consumers who had purchased vehicles from Arizona Charlie’s Auto & Truck Sales in Muskegon complained that the dealership had not sought titles and registrations within the required 15 days of vehicle delivery. When an investigator from the department’s Office of Investigative Services visited the dealership, the owner could not provide required paperwork for several vehicles that had been sold.
A summary suspension was served on the dealer on March 7, at which time he surrendered his license.
Laws requiring detailed recordkeeping protect against the sale of stolen vehicles and parts, and ensure the vehicle buyer receives a clear and valid title to prove ownership.
The Michigan Secretary of State has suspended the license of Miller Used Cars after an investigation with area law enforcement found multiple violations including the alleged illegal sale of temporary vehicle registrations.
The investigation began after the Michigan State Police informed the Secretary of State’s Office of numerous traffic stops involving vehicles displaying temporary registrations, often called paper plates, allegedly issued by the Flint dealership. The drivers of the vehicles each provided statements indicating the temporary registrations had been purchased illegally and were also unable to provide sufficient vehicle purchase documentation.
Secretary of State investigators conducted an inspection of Miller Used Cars, with assistance from the Genesee Area Investigations Network. Upon inspection, investigators found that dealership staff could not provide requested records, could only account for 7 of 385 temporary registrations purchased, and could not account for more than 60 vehicles, even though they had the vehicle titles in possession.
CarMax Inc. celebrated the grand opening of its first store in Michigan, located in Kentwood at 4431 28th Street.
The Kentwood store will have the capacity to stock approximately 200 used vehicles.
During the grand opening celebration, CarMax announced that The CarMax Foundation will be providing a $10,000 grant to the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids.
The grant will help fund the YMCA Veggie Van, which is West Michigan’s only mobile farmers market. The Veggie Van provides the opportunity for local farmers to sell produce directly to residents in low food access neighborhoods.
Kentwood CarMax associates nominated the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids to receive the grant.
Michigan’s secretary of state has suspended the license of an auto dealership in Mason because of multiple violations discovered as the result of an inspection prompted by consumer complaints.
The state also suspended a dealership in Jackson that was not able to provide records for inspection.
Six consumers contacted the Department of State about Great Lakes Auto, Inc., located at 1251 N. Cedar Street in Mason and owned by Michael S. Fetter, primarily because they had not received titles to their vehicles in a timely manner.
When secretary of state agents inspected the facility, they found a number of violations. Great Lakes Auto allegedly had continually failed to apply for title and registration in the purchaser’s name, as required by law; failed to maintain a sufficient surety bond, displayed and sold vehicles without properly assigned titles, filed title applications containing false information and submitted nine non-sufficient fund checks to the department.
In the Jackson case, a secretary of state agent attempted to make an inspection at Ghuman Auto Sales, located at 816 Greenwood Avenue and owned by Salim Mohammad Chaudri. The dealership doors were locked, there were no employees present and it was not possible to inspect the facility’s records. The City of Jackson had revoked the dealer’s authority to conduct business due to multiple alleged violations of city ordinances.
The Michigan Secretary of State is seeking a new vendor to build a computer system to replace one that’s been in place since the 1960s that serves offices around the state.
The new contract is needed after the state of Michigan sued Hewlett-Packard Co. because it failed to deliver on a $49 million contract despite having 10 years to complete the project.
A new system will provide easier access to both driver and vehicle records. It also will allow law enforcement to get information in real time and the department to implement legislative changes much more quickly.
The new contract is also expected to require an independent contractor to monitor and verify what’s produced throughout the project, and vendors won’t get paid until they deliver.