Secretary of State Johnson takes action against operator of illegal Detroit auto repair shop

Stamp Out FraudNOVEMBER 9, 2017

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson today announced that her office has issued a cease and desist order against a previously suspended Detroit repair shop owner for allegedly operating an unregistered repair facility.

Mimms Automotive at 7305 W. Chicago, owned by Michael Burnell Mims, had its registration summarily suspended in November 2016 and subsequently revoked in April for operating without a certified mechanic. On Oct. 11, a Secretary of State regulation agent visited the facility for a follow-up inspection and allegedly discovered that repairs were being performed on site. Invoices reflecting repair work were obtained during the inspection. The cease and desist order was issued Oct. 31.

Consumers who have a complaint against Mimms Automotive are encouraged to call the Office of Investigative Services Automotive Complaint Line at 517-335-1410. Under Michigan law, a customer is entitled to recover any amount paid to an unregistered facility for the repair of a motor vehicle belonging to that customer.

“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.”

Johnson encourages consumers to always verify the repair shop they are using is registered with the state and licensed to perform the type of automotive work they need done. 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.

The cease and desist order prohibits Mims from performing any further automotive repairs until he complies with state law. Under the law, any person who knowingly provides automotive repair services without a registration or certificate is guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail or a fine of up to $1,000, or both.

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