Secretary Johnson suspends license of Flint auto dealer

Stamp Out FraudMARCH 16, 2016

Secretary Johnson suspends license of Flint auto dealer

LANSING — Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced today that she has summarily suspended the license of an auto dealership in Flint after the dealer failed to comply with her department’s request for required records.

Michigan Department of State investigators attempted to conduct an inspection of the dealership inventory and records of Gerald Parker and Michele Parker, who were doing business as Promise Keeper Auto Sales LLC, 3615 N. Saginaw, Suite B, on July 23, 2015. The dealer is alleged to have not provided a record of vehicles bought and sold and other documents when requested.

The department also asked to inspect the dealer’s records by written correspondence dated December 18, 2015. The licensees are alleged to have not complied and then failed to appear for a preliminary conference scheduled for the matter on March 3.

“We take our responsibility to safeguard consumers from unscrupulous auto dealers seriously,” Johnson said. “Most auto dealers are reputable business people who follow the rules, but if we determine a dealer is operating outside the law, we will take action.”

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.

Dealers can request an administrative hearing to contest their suspension and may regain their license if they show they’ve complied with the law. Additional administrative actions are also possible.

Consumers who have a complaint against Promise Keeper Auto Sales are encouraged to call the Office of Investigative Services automotive complaint line at 517-335-1410. 

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