Secretary of State
NOVEMBER 9, 2017
Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced today that the licenses of two used-auto dealers in Pontiac and Ypsilanti have been summarily suspended for failure to follow proper procedures required by law.
The auto dealers Johnson suspended are:
Unprocessed automotive sales, or those processed late, can cause consumer harm as an expired or improperly issued temporary registration subjects the customer to potential law enforcement issues, including impoundment of their vehicle. Dealer records are required by law to be maintained and made available for inspection during reasonable or established business hours for a period of five years. A dealer that does not maintain records and make them available for inspection compromises the integrity of the records relied upon by the Secretary of State and law enforcement.
“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.
Consumers who have purchased vehicles from One Stop Marketing or Huss Auto Sale and have not received a title and registration should call the Office of Investigative Services automotive complaint line at 517-335-1410.
Dealers may request an administrative hearing to contest their suspension and regain their license if they show they’ve complied with the law. Additional administrative actions are also possible.
For media questions, please call Fred Woodhams at 517-373-2520.
Customers may call the Department of State Information Center to speak
to a customer-service representative at 888-SOS-MICH (767-6424).