A Lancaster County auto sales business has been cited for unprofessional conduct and several summary violations for illegal title activities, state police said Thursday.
Brickerville Motors, in Elizabeth Township, was found to be charging customers $305 each for "other faxes and fees" that were not really taxes or fees, but costs for services such as washing cars, changing oil, fuel, and other standard pre-sale activities, police said in a news release.
The dealership also failed to incorporate profits from the services into the total taxable amount of the sale, police said.
In addition to the misleading charges, Brickerville Motors failed to collect the correct messenger service fees charged by a local notary, according to the release.
Police said in one case, the dealership charged the customer $300 for messenger service fees, when the messenger service charged $65.
The investigation determined that the dealership illegally verified signatures on titles and submitted them to the notary for processing, police said.