BANGOR — An auto shop here has received a cease and desist order from the Michigan Department of State for servicing motor vehicles without up-to-date repair facility registration and mechanic certification.
Lenard’s Automotive, 622 West Monroe St., received a cease and desist order on Aug. 18, according to Michigan State Department press secretary Aneta Kiersnowski Crisp. On June 17, an MDOS regulatory officer conducted an inspection at the repair shop and found that he was performing motor vehicle maintenance, diagnostics and repair service on a motor vehicle for a fee while by doing so with an expired repair shop registration and mechanic certification.
The establishment registration expired on March 17, 2013 and the mechanic certification expired on January 21, 2009. Both licenses are still expired.
The State Department received a renewal form and payment from the facility in February. However, upon reviewing the form, staff found that the auto shop registration expired in March 2013 and the mechanic certification expired in 2009.
“The renewal was incomplete as it only included renewal fees for 2013 and 2014,” Crisp said. “The ministry asked for additional renewal fees for 2015 to current, or proof that the facility was not working during that time. Several attempts were made to contact the property to obtain the additional charge, but no response was received. This triggered a general compliance inspection on June 17, which found that the repair shop was performing motor vehicle maintenance, diagnostics and repair services on a motor vehicle for compensation and the order of cease and desist has been implemented.
Crisp went on to say that a notice has been sent to the facility to cease and desist from performing all major repairs that require a valid repair facility registration and a properly certified mechanic. However, when an MDOS regulatory officer returned to the shop on August 18, he found that the repair shop was still performing services without a valid repair shop registration or mechanic certification.
Lenard Salinas, owner of Lenard’s Automotive, was at his store last Wednesday. He chose not to comment on the State Department’s decision, but when asked if he planned to try to fix the problem, he replied “I’m working on it.”
The Michigan Department of State asks consumers who have a complaint against Lenard’s Automotive to call the Bureau of Investigative Services Automotive Complaint Line at 517-335-1410.