State alleges Ferndale auto shop operated improperly

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published March 12, 2019

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FERNDALE — An auto repair facility in Ferndale had its registration suspended by the Michigan Department of State as a result of alleged workplace violations.

The state suspended the registration of Amazin Auto Repair Inc., 503 E. Eight Mile Road, saying the business has several Motor Vehicle Service and Repair Act violations.

Michigan Department of State Communications Director Shawn Starkey said in an email that the violations stem from compliance inspections completed in 2017 and 2018. 

“These inspections were prompted by consumer complaints submitted to the Michigan Department of State to investigate,” he said. “Compliance inspections reveal whether or not the facility is complying with the requirements of the Motor Vehicle Service Repair Act.”

One of these violations, according to a Department of State release, charged that Amazin Auto Repair Inc. had been employing mechanics who didn’t have proper certification to diagnose repairs and service vehicles. 

“Additional violations included failing to reveal important information to a customer, charging for repairs not performed, providing a customer with an improper invoice and charging for the replacement of parts found still in the vehicle after the supposed service,” the release states. “Further, the licensee failed to maintain records as required by law.”

To the alleged charging for repairs not performed, improper invoices and charging for the replacement of parts found still in the vehicle after the supposed service, Starkey said the Department of State didn’t have an estimate as to the amount charged to customers.

The release states that repair facilities can request an administrative hearing to contest their suspensions and potentially regain their registrations if they show they’ve complied with the law.

Starkey said the Department of State held a preliminary conference meeting Feb. 6 on the license, but a hearing date has not yet been set.

Attempts to reach Amazin Auto Repair representatives were unsuccessful, as another vehicle business, Ace Auto Care, has taken over the address and phone number of the location.

While Ace Auto Care Manager Ali Bazzi said they’ve been at the 503 E. Eight Mile Road location since November and that Amazin Auto Repair had closed, Starkey told the Woodward Talk that the state has no records of Amazin Auto Repair closing. 

“Even if they were closed, we would still be going through the process because they’re still liable for the things that we found,” he said.

“Our intent is to ask for the (Amazin Auto Care) registration to be permanently revoked,” Starkey said.

Bazzi said they are a different business that has yet to open, and they are waiting for their registration from the state.

Any customers of Amazin Auto Repair who have a complaint against the business can call the Michigan Department of State Office of Investigative Services automotive complaint line at (517) 335-1410.

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