State: Muskegon auto shop operating illegally; customers entitled to refund

MUSKEGON, MICH. - Customers of a Muskegon auto body shop are asked to give the state a call following allegations of a lapsed registration.

The office of Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson issued a cease and desist order June 30 against G & M Auto, located at 1272 Getty St., for performing work on vehicles after its registration with the state expired, according to a news release.

Even as state officials say they made two inspections thereafter, employees continued to make repairs. The business never operated without a license, according to a spokesperson.

A customer is entitled to a refund of any amount paid to an unregistered facility for work performed to their vehicles. People with complaints can call the Office of Investigative Services Automotive Complaint Line at 517-335-1410.

The cease and desist notice against G & M Auto prohibits it from continuing operation until it gains back its license. 

"Repair facilities must comply with the law," Johnson said in the release. "If they do not, we will take action to bring them into compliance to protect consumers."

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