MURFREESBOBO, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Motor Vehicle Commission voted unanimously this week to approve an order that would revoke the licenses of two dealerships that allegedly closed without warning.
The commission also voted to issue a civil penalty of $210,000 to Nashville Motor Cars, LLC and Nashville Motor Cars Premier, LLC. News 2 is told the civil penalty would be offset if Nashville Motor Cars eventually provides restitution to consumers.
The vote comes after the commission received 42 complaints, with each complaint totaling a maximum $5,000 penalty.
The commission said it “is currently preparing a consent order with terms that will be sent to representatives of Nashville Motor Cars to determine if they wish to accept the offer.”
The Tennessee Department of Motor Vehicles Commission previously suspended the dealership licenses for both of the Rutherford County car dealerships after customers and workers showed up to find both car lots empty a little over two weeks ago.
Dozens have complained that the owner of the dealerships failed to issue titles to vehicles, pay off loans on trade-ins, and that vehicles on consignment are now missing. At this time, nearly 100 customers have filed fraud reports about Nashville Motors with Murfreesboro police.
Consumers who have been affected by Nashville Motor Cars are urged to contact the Murfreesboro Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division at 615-893-2717.