- The North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV) has filed over 400 charges against 12 employees of the dealership, including former general manager Sam Kazran.
- The charges stem from an investigation into the dealership’s practices of selling rebuilt salvage vehicles and the documentation used to transfer titles of those vehicles.
- Kazran is facing 110 counts of Failure to Inspect Vehicle Prior to Being Offered for Sale, the most of any of the employees. Other employees are facing charges of Failure to Deliver Title, Improper Use of Temporary Markers, Failure to Disclose Damage, and Making False Statements.
- One customer, Lucinda Ross, told Queen City News she was contacted by the dealership two years after she bought a car from them and told she owed them more money. She also said the car came with damage to the door the dealership refused to fix.
North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles
Earlier this week, the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles announced it had brought forth more than 400 charges against 12 employees of the franchise dealer Nissan of Shelby. The charges come as a result of an investigation into the process used by individuals or dealers to rebuild salvage vehicles and the documentation employed in transferring titles for these vehicles. The investigation yielded various violations, leading to multiple charges against the involved employees.
Nissan of Shelby
Former general manager Sam Kazran alone is facing 110 counts of Failure to Inspect Vehicle Prior to Being Offered for Sale. Another employee, Casey Ramsey, has been charged with 38 counts of Failure to Deliver Title, 38 counts of Improper Use of Temporary Markers, four counts of Failure to Disclose Damage, and one count of Making a False Statement about the Date of Sale. The remaining employees are also confronting charges related to various combinations of these violations.
One employee, Amy Howell, is charged with one count each of Failure to Deliver Title and Failure to Disclose Damage. The circumstances suggest she might have been new and possibly influenced by her coworkers.
The situation has left some customers, like Lucinda Ross, feeling concerned about potential issues they may have encountered with the dealership. Ross shared after trading in her old car for a new one, the dealership contacted her and informed her she had to pay additional money.
She ended up having to contact the financing company for her car loan, and they confirmed her loan paperwork was indeed in order. Additionally, Ross mentioned the dealership refused to repair the damage to the door of her new car.
Sam Kazran, the former general manager mentioned in this context, had encountered legal problems in the past as well. In 2010, the Federal Election Commission lodged a complaint against him, alleging he illegally reimbursed employees of his Florida dealership for political donations totalling close to $70,000.
Overall, this situation involves a range of charges against dealership employees for various violations related to vehicle sales and documentation.