DETROIT (WWJ) – Apparently those car deals were too hot.

Five used-car lots in Detroit have been shut down for trafficking stolen cars and stolen auto parts.

As we hear from WWJ’s Ron Dewey, investigators accuse them of some shady dealings.

The Secretary of State suspended operating licenses at Hende Auto Parts, Best Price Auto Sale, Sold Auto Sales, Big 3 Auto Sales and A One Auto Sales.

Investigations found suspicious transactions by dealers, such as trying to obtain clean titles for salvage vehicles.

At one dealer, stolen parts were discovered and 30 cars were seized by police.

While dealerships can challenge the license suspensions, they remain closed for business, with further criminal charges possible.

For more information about dealership licensing and how to file a complaint against a dealer, visit www.Michigan.gov/sos.

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