You’ve heard of the wild, wild West. Dearbornistan is becoming the Middle, Middle East – where U.S. laws are ignored and Islamic law rules. via The Arab American News – Selling cars from home a growing illegal trend among Arab Americans. Arabs and Muslims or just Arabs? Only the Arab American News knows for sure. h/t halalporkshop
DEARBORN/DEARBORN HEIGHTS — The Secretary of State deems it illegal for residents to sell vehicles out of their home, but that hasn’t been stopping local Arab Americans in Dearborn and Dearborn Heights from doing so, anyway.
A recent growing trend in the community has seen many local residents continuously purchase vehicles from an auction or off the Internet and resell it to a customer for a profit, after they’ve added repairs to it.
The only problem is residents have been conducting the transactions at their homes and it has become a growing burden for the rest of the neighborhood.
Under state law, a dealer license is required if a person conducts the buying, selling, brokering, leasing and negotiating of five or more vehicles within a 12 month period.
Whether these individuals ever obtain a dealer license remains to be seen. But even with a dealer license, a loophole has made it easy for them to sell vehicles from home.
While the law states that a dealer must obtain a business property to conduct sales of more than five vehicles per year, documentation and proof of a place to conduct business is not required when an individual obtains dealer license and pays an annual flat rate fee.
What these dealers are doing instead is selling cars out of their homes and in-turn, avoiding having to pay property taxes, rent and required state fees if they were to obtain a place of business.
One local woman who lives on Oakman Blvd. and wished to remain anonymous, tells The Arab American News that her neighbor has been selling cars out of his home for the last few years and it has become a nuisance for her entire block.
“Strangers are constantly coming around, test driving the cars or parking them in front of our house,” she said. “We’ve even had a couple of instances where the customers accidentally knocked on our door thinking it was the dealer’s home. It’s just not a safe situation.”
City officials in Dearborn and Dearborn Heights have heard their share of complaints from residents who are fed up with their streets being swamped with vehicles that have ‘for sale’ signs on them.
Dearborn City Councilman Mike Sareini, who is also a car salesman at Jorgensen Ford, said the city is constantly receiving complaints from neighborhood associations and local residents about dealers selling vehicles out of their home.
“We have received several complaints from people,” Sareini said. “You can’t transact a business in the open public. The problem isn’t the guy who is selling one or two cars…it’s the guy who is selling multiple cars and has people coming over to test drive them. It’s not a professional way to conduct business and it’s not good for our neighborhoods.”
The City of Dearborn has been able to identify some of these homes with the assistance of residents, and those individuals have been fined.
Posted on 29 May 14 by Creeping Sharia