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Resource ID: #15228
Subject: Automobiles
Source: WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
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Date: February 5,6 1998

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WOOD-TV found Michigan regulators cannot protect consumers against unlicensed auto dealers because of weak state laws. WOOD-TV's investigation found some cars advertised as "for sale by owner" were actually being sold by illicit dealers. The story shows dealers were selling cars with rolled back odometers and hidden mechanical problems. Wronged consumers had no recourse against sellers they couldn't locate later and could get no help from state agents.

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