State revokes auto dealers’ licenses

Investigations uncover odometer fraud and other violations

Release date: April 23, 2018

After thorough investigations, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) recently imposed licensing sanctions against several auto dealers for odometer fraud and other violations.

Odometer fraud is the resetting, disconnecting or altering a vehicle’s odometer to conceal the true mileage. This costs consumers millions of dollars each year. DMV’s Dealer and Agent Section has nine field investigation territories for handling consumer complaints.

“Odometer and title fraud, along with unlicensed sales activity, are a continuous threat facing Wisconsin consumers,” said Dealer and Agent Section Chief Michael Domke. “DMV’s Dealer and Agent Section is committed to combating these activities but it can take several months to investigate and impose sanctions. Consumers are encouraged to be proactive and educate themselves with help from DMV’s “Car buying and selling” resources support.

Last year, the Dealer and Agent Section recovered more than $1 million to Wisconsin consumers and closed more than 900 complaints. 

The following businesses received Wisconsin sanctions:

  • L and A International Motors, 3500 South 92nd St, Milwaukee, had their motor vehicle wholesaler dealer license revoked for selling vehicles directly to the public without licensure, falsifying vehicle title documents, and odometer tampering.

For more information, contact:

WisDOT Office of Public Affairs
(608) 266-3581, opa.exec@dot.wi.gov