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Commission Nixes Proposal for Used Car Lots

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Commission Nixes Proposal for Used Car Lots

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A proposal to allow manufacturers' brand names to appear on used car lots operated by new car dealers was rejected Tuesday by the Oklahoma Motor Vehicle Commission.

The proposal, initiated by Joe Coker, president of Joe Coker Pontiac-GMC in Midwest City, would have allowed franchised new car dealers to use the name of their new car line on a remote used car lot. It was defeated 6 to 0 with Commissioner Tom Stephenson of Watonga abstaining.

Coker reportedly asked for the rule change because of a lack of room at his dealership. Joe Coker Used Cars is about four blocks from the Pontiac-GMC dealership, according to Noel Kruger, commission executive director.

Dealers may still use their established trade names on remote used car sites, but the name of the franchised new car line cannot be included.

Purpose of this rule is to prevent a new car dealer from taking advantage of certain manufacturer's programs, then selling across the street from a franchised dealer, said Commissioner Mike Johnson of Kingfisher.

"If this rule were to pass what would prevent a Jeep-Eagle dealer from purchasing 1990 Chrysler (program) cars and selling them at a lower price across the street from a Chrysler-Plymouth dealer?" he asked. "This could be unfair competition and could possibly mislead the consumer."

Commissioners also, after long debate, approved new car sales representative licenses for two men who had been convicted of felonies, both related to the automobile industry.

Lawrence Brock, who was sentenced in January in U.S. Federal District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma for rolling back the odometer on a usedcar, was granted a license to work for Dan Delluomo Nissan-Isuzu in Lawton. …

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