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From the Shelbyville Times-Gazette:
The arrival of tax season has many auto dealers putting their sales promotions into high gear. The Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance's (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs and the Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission, a part of TDCI's Regulatory Boards, reminds consumers to always conduct thorough research to ensure the auto deal you're getting isn't a scam.
"This time of year often generates a high complaint volume for Tennessee's Motor Vehicle Commission," said Motor Vehicle Commission Executive Director Paula Shaw. "Unethical parties prey on the fact that many people are receiving an instant infusion of cash that they can potentially use to buy a vehicle. If you're in the market for a car, research your options carefully to ensure you make the most of your money and prevent being scammed by a bad actor."
A prevalent scam tactic is "curbstoning." Curbstoning is the illegal sale of used vehicles under the false pretense of being the car's owner in order to evade city or state regulations. Curbstoning occurs when a person engages in the act of buying and selling used automobiles for profit but without a license, insurance, bond, sales tax number, Federal tax ID, proper local permits or legally established place of business.
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In December, Bradley County Tennessee Sheriff Eric Watson was accused of curbstoning. Curbstoning, the practice of selling open-title cars on the side of the road, is illegal in Tennessee. Read more details from the Chattanooga Times Free Press in the articles below.Bradley County sheriff's used-car sales appear to exceed legal limit
Tennessee's Motor Vehicle Commission opens complaint into Bradley County sheriff
Eric Watson responds to complaint, denies 'curbstoning' allegations