Detectives with the Arizona Department of Transportation cited Daniel Miranda for selling more than 100 cars without a dealer's license.
Arizona allows an individual to sell no more than six vehicles a year without a dealer’s license. Detectives arranged to buy a vehicle Miranda had listed for sale, and their investigation revealed that he had sold 124 vehicles in less than a year without a dealer's license.
Miranda was also cited for no business license. The penalty for unauthorized vehicle sales is $1,000 to $3,000 per vehicle, which means Miranda could face a minimum of $118,000 in fines.
“Our detectives are very proactive when it comes to finding unlicensed dealers, protecting vehicle buyers and ensuring that vehicles are sold legally,” Michael Lockhart, chief of ADOT’s office of inspector general. said.
After the citation, ADOT detectives requested a hearing at the ADOT Executive Hearing Office to establish a penalty. Miranda will also face a court hearing for criminal charges.
ADOT urges anyone in the market for a used vehicle to ask lots of questions and to consider completing the transaction at a Motor Vehicle Division office or Authorized Third Party business, where the vehicle title can be checked for liens and the identification number can be confirmed.