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[SOS] Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson revokes Scott’s Auto Sales license and fines dealership $25,000
Start Date: 2/13/2014 All Day
End Date: 2/13/2014
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Mishawaka auto dealer failed to deliver car titles to customers

INDIANAPOLIS (February 13, 2014) – Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson revoked the auto dealer license of Scott’s Auto Sales of Mishawka and collected $25,000 in fines for failure to deliver vehicle titles. The Secretary of State’s office has been investigating Scott’s Auto Sales since last summer due to numerous consumer complaints about failure to receive a title after purchasing a vehicle from the dealership.

“Consumer protection for car buyers is a critical goal for my team. Our investigators found a mess of records at Scott’s Auto Sales, and customers unable to prove they owned their vehicle,” said Secretary Lawson. “My investigators made it a priority to help customers get titles and put this nightmare behind them.   

“A major purchase such as buying a car is tough enough; you shouldn’t have to worry about getting the title. But if you do have an issue, don’t hesitate to contact my office. My team has the tools and resources to help you track down the records and prove your vehicle is yours.”

In September, Scott’s Auto Sales abruptly closed shortly before the Secretary of State’s office could conduct an office inspection. Upon arrival, investigators found the location to be abandoned with a “For Rent” sign in the window. Further examination uncovered sales documents indicating several violations of Indiana statutes and regulations. Scott’s Auto Sales not only failed to deliver titles, they continuously issued fraudulent interim paper plates to customers who couldn’t get a license plate at the BMV to cover up their dishonest practices. In addition, the dealership failed to pay sales taxes. 

“I want to thank all of my staff who worked so hard to help these victims get their car titles so they could put this ordeal behind them and thank you to all of the members of local law enforcement who helped us along the way,” said Secretary Lawson. “Without all of your hard work, several Hoosiers would still be struggling to prove they owned their vehicle.” 

The Secretary of State’s office licenses about 6,100 dealers statewide. Most complaints received by the office are related to title delivery issues or complaints about unfair sale practices. For more information on the auto dealer services division of the Secretary of State’s office visit www.SOS.in.gov/dealers.

Contact Information:
Name: Valerie Kroeger
Phone: 317-233-8655
Email: vkroeger@sos.in.gov
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