Licenses revoked for out-of-state buyer

Release date: September 1, 2020

The State of Wisconsin revoked the Wisconsin buyer licenses for Texas-based wholesale dealer, Car Plug LLC, due to odometer fraud and for unlicensed retail sales to Wisconsin consumers, primarily in the Milwaukee area. Car Plug’s licenses were revoked effective June 4, 2020. 

The order, issued by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Division of Motor Vehicles, determined that Car Plug violated state law when they sold at least 27 vehicles to retail customers and three with mileage discrepancies.

Wisconsin law allows dealers with out-of-state wholesale licenses to obtain a Wisconsin wholesale dealer license. This allows them to buy vehicles at Wisconsin’s auto actions, which are open to only dealers or their representatives. However, they need to have a Wisconsin dealers license to legally sell a vehicle in the state. Vehicles purchased from an unlicensed dealer do not have the same Wisconsin consumer protection laws as those bought from a licensed dealer. 

DMV’s Dealer and Agent Section licenses, regulates and resolves disputes about dealership sales and warranty repairs. It also provides consumers with information on odometer tampering and investigates complaints involving dealerships and private sellers.

For more information, contact:

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