Wichita used car dealership banned from selling vehicles in Kansas
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - A Wichita used car dealer has been banned from doing business in Kansas and ordered to pay nearly $90,000 in restitution and penalties.
The Sedgwick County district attorney's office said that after its Consumer Protection Division received complaints, investigated Midwest Wholesale, LLC, which was doing business as Kansas Motor Company at 6717 West Kellogg Drive.
Two customers complained they didn't receive vehicle titles. The investigation revealed the business allegedly failed to deliver a title to a customer who bought a vehicle and traded in another.
"The dealership also failed to pay off the outstanding loan balance on the trade-in resulting in the consumer having two car payments and no title," the DA's office said in a news release.
In the second transaction, the DA's office said the dealership sold the first customer's traded-in vehicle without paying off the outstanding balance.
"In both transactions, Defendant failed to deliver title within 60 days in violation of Kansas law resulting in both consumers being unable to register and legally drive their purchased vehicles."
The business was ordered to pay $54,000 in restitution and $30,000 in civil penalties for Kansas Consumer Protection Act violations as well as other costs and expenses. The default judgment also revoked the dealership's business license and permanently enjoined them from selling vehicles in Kansas. The dealership's Google listing says it is permanently closed.
The District Attorney reminds residents that when buying a used car make sure you know as much as you can prior to the purchase. Consider asking to take the vehicle for an independent inspection prior to buying the car. Have the car inspected, ask for a vehicle history report, and check for recalls on their website.