Secretary Johnson suspends license of Flint auto dealer

Vehicles in rowsJUNE 4, 2018

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced today that she has summarily suspended the license of a Flint used-vehicle dealer for allegedly failing to follow proper record-keeping procedures required by law.

Mamoon Alenooz has been suspended from operating Mikes CARS LLC, 2101 S. Dort Highway, after two compliance inspections found violations.

Secretary of State regulatory agents conducted an inspection of Mikes CARS recently and discovered nine vehicles sold to customers that the dealership hadn’t applied for title and registration within the required 15 days of vehicle delivery. Since that date, three consumer complaint cases have been investigated and an additional no-title complaint was received. A follow-up inspection was conducted that resulted in multiple violations being issued. Investigators found that many records were not available for inspection.

“Our investigators are ready to follow up on any complaints we receive and regularly perform compliance inspections,” Johnson said. “We are ready to take action against the relatively few auto dealers who don’t follow the law.”

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. 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.

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 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.

Consumers who have a complaint against Mikes CARS are encouraged to call the Office of Investigative Services automotive complaint line at 517-335-1410.

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