Lansing, Michigan – October 6, 2015 – Secretary of State Ruth Johnson in September summarily suspended the licenses of two auto dealerships in Lansing and Mount Pleasant after customer complaints that they bought vehicles from the dealerships, but failed to receive the vehicles’ titles or registrations. Investigators tried to review dealership records, but were unable to access them, grounds for summary suspension of a dealer license.
Both are University Motor Mall vehicle dealerships at 6420 S. Cedar St. in Lansing, and 5152 E. Pickard St. in Mount Pleasant, owned by Patrick Joslin and James Prater. The summary suspension prohibits Joslin and Prater from buying, selling, offering for sale or dealing in vehicles.
Johnson late last year created the Office of Investigative Services to step up enforcement of laws governing auto mechanics and dealerships. Thirteen have been issued so far this year.
The dealers are entitled to an administrative hearing to contest the 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 either of the University Motor Mall dealerships are encouraged to call the Office of Investigative Services automotive complaint line at (517) 335-1410.
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