The Department of Motor Vehicles, license and theft bureau says there's a disturbing trend happening to car dealerships in the east that's prompted them to close down dealerships and file charges against the dealers.
It's called going "out of trust", which means, the buyer never gets their title within the 30 day time frame.
It's happening more and more, according to inspectors, who say, since the dip in the economy, 50 car dealers are falling out of trust.
In those cases, inspectors will shut down a dealership or work with them to make sure the buyer can stay on course and on the road.
50 dealerships in the state have been "out-of-trust" with more than 624 victims statewide. So far, the DMV says it's helped 195 of them.
One dealership that was cited was Hardy Auto Sales in Kinston.
Other car dealers that have been cited by the DMV include Kia of Greenville, Chuck Ball Auto Sales in Ayden and several dealers in Goldsboro and Kinston that are now out of business.
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