Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Selectmen last night placed a class II used car dealer’s license on six months’ probation, with conditions, after they claimed the business owner violated the terms of a provisional six-month license granted Feb. 28.
Felipe Jose Ribeiro, owner of Perfection Auto Imports, 519 Southwest Cutoff/Route 20, took over the business this winter from his brother-in-law, Jairo Bicahlo, whose used car dealer license for Integrity Motors was revoked in November after many complaints about bad business practices. When selectmen granted Mr. Ribeiro the provisional license, he was told that Mr. Bicahlo was not to have any part of the operation other than some consulting during the transition.
Town Manager Robert J. Spain Jr. reported that a complaint had been received from a customer about a car she said had been sold to her son at Perfection Auto Imports by Mr. Bicahlo, who was not supposed to be working there.
Mr. Spain also said that Mr. Ribeiro did not respond to requests to discuss the complaint.
“You might have changed names on the license but it’s basically the same person running the show,” Mr. Spain said to Mr. Ribeiro at the selectmen’s hearing.
Mr. Ribeiro’s lawyer, Carlos Sousa, said his client addressed the customer’s complaint as allowed under the state Lemon Law by sending the car to be fixed by a manufacturer’s dealer. He said selectmen should keep Mr. Ribeiro’s business separate in their consideration from Mr. Bicahlo’s former business.
Selectman E. Bernard Plante, board chairman, said, “The issue is, this board made it very clear to him, on television, that we did not want the brother-in-law near that lot … There should be no misunderstanding on his part whatsoever.”
— Susan Spencer
Article source: http://www.telegram.com/article/20120627/NEWS/106279987/1246