DEVELOPING: Secretary of State Johnson shuts down 2 local auto dealerships

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – After receiving a number of customer complaints, Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson has suspended the licenses of two auto dealerships.

The University Motor Mall dealerships in Lansing and Mount Pleasant have been barred from buying, selling, offering for sale or dealing in vehicles after investigators were unable to access dealership records for titles and registrations.

According to Johnson’s office, several consumers had complained after purchasing vehicles from both University Motor Mall locations but did not receive vehicle titles or registrations.

Investigators from the Secretary of State were also unable to access the same records. That is grounds for today’s summary suspension.

Johnson said her office takes their responsibility to protect consumers very seriously and will take action when situations arise.

The dealerships are owned by Patrick Joslin and James Prater. They are entitled to a hearing to contest the suspension and may get their license back if they can prove they complied with the law.

Consumers who have a complaint against either of the University Motor Mall locations can contact the Office of Investigative Services at 517-335-1410.

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