Johnson suspends registration of Detroit auto repair shop

DECEMBER 5, 2017Stamp Out Fraud

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced today that she has suspended the registration of Detroit auto repair facility Sam’s Auto Sales 1, Inc., 14007 Schaefer Highway, for failure to maintain records as required by law.

Department of State regulation staff attempted to inspect the facility’s records on Nov. 13 and owner Ray Ahmad Fayad was unable to provide a parts log, estimates or invoices, among other items. During the same inspection, an officer from the Detroit Police Commercial Auto Theft Section arrested Fayad for allegedly having stolen auto parts at his facility. The suspension order was issued Nov. 29.

“Repair facilities must comply with the law,” Johnson said. “If they do not, we will take action to bring them into compliance to protect consumers.”

As part of her focus on strengthening her office’s consumer protection efforts, Johnson created the Office of Investigative Services, which investigates and inspects automotive-related businesses.

Repair facilities may request an administrative hearing to contest their suspension and may regain their registration if they show they’ve complied with the law. Additional administrative actions are also possible.
Consumers who have a complaint against Sam’s Auto Sales are encouraged to call the Office of Investigative Services automotive complaint line at 517-335-1410.

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Customers may call the Department of State Information Center to
speak to a customer-service representative at 888-SOS-MICH (767-6424).