Court order shuts down West Virginia used car dealerships

July 20, 2021 GMT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Four used car dealers have been permanently blocked from selling vehicles in West Virginia under a recent court order.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said Monday his office won a lawsuit that accused the defendants of misrepresenting odometer readings and unlawfully selling vehicles “as is” despite mechanical defects and fraudulent inspection stickers.

The lawsuit also alleged the dealerships operated without a state license and violated repeated cease and desist orders from the Division of Motor Vehicles.

According to the court order, the defendants must void all vehicle contracts, release all liens on titles to sold vehicles, and cannot collect payments or repossess any vehicles that they sold.

Morrisey said in a statement that defendants Karen and Brian Richmond operated Richmond’s Quality Cars LLC in western Kanawha County and face a joint civil penalty of $20,000.

Morrisey said defendant Glenville Ratliff owned Maplewood Auto Sales in Lewisburg, while Corey Smith owned CMS Pre-Owned Auto Sales in Huntington.