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SOS issues cease and desist orders to 5 auto repair shops

Posted: 8:12 PM, Sep 06, 2016
Updated: 2016-09-07 03:11:23Z

The Secretary of State’s office announced it has issued cease and desist orders to five unregistered auto repair shops in Calhoun, Kent, Bay and Shiawassee counties.

“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.”
The repair shops include:

• Justice Recovery & Repair, 9026 E. Lansing Road in Durand, is alleged to have performed repair work without registration or mechanic certification. The shop was visited by Secretary of State investigators following a consumer complaint that repairs had been paid for but never completed.
 
• Conrad Towing, 5020 S. Durand Road in Durand, is alleged to have performed repairs without facility registration or mechanic certification. Investigators sought the cease and desist order to protect consumers from a repair facility that was not following the law.
 
• 4 Bros Body Shop, 49 76th St. S.E. in Grand Rapids, is alleged to have performed repairs without facility registration or mechanic certification at two different locations. A department investigator had found the owners performing repairs at an unregistered facility in Lowell. They were advised to cease operations and submit a repair facility application. A few weeks later, the investigator found the Lowell facility vacant. Later that day, the investigator discovered the owners were performing repairs without proper registration or certification at a new unregistered location in Grand Rapids.
 
• Repair Shop, 208 E. Midland Road in Auburn, is alleged to have continued to perform repairs for more than a year after the expiration of its registration on June 3, 2015. Investigators sought the cease and desist order to protect consumers from a repair facility that was not following the law.
 
• S & S Automotive, 325 Powers St. in Homer, is alleged to have been performing repairs without facility registration or mechanic certification. Investigators sought the cease and desist order to prevent any harm to consumers by a repair facility that was not following the law.
The Secretary of State’s office urges anyone who has a complaint against any of these repair facilities to call the Office of Investigative Services Automotive Complaint Line at 517-335-1410.

A press release from the office states 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.

The orders prohibit the facilities from performing any further automotive repairs until they come into compliance with state law, the release says.