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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A South Georgia dealership was forced to stop selling cars in Dougherty County on Thursday.

The Sheriff's Office got complaints that Interstate Nissan from Tifton was breaking state law by having a tent sale in Dougherty County.

The dealership is upset, customers are disappointed, and the sheriff's office says they're just doing their job.

Cory Mac and his mom came to the Million Dollar Automotive Disposal with the flyer in hand.

"I'm trying to find a car since I'm about to graduate, I'm looking for a Maxima or Altima," said Mac.

It was suppose to be a graduation gift, but the dealership's sale which was suppose to take place for the next four days was shut down.

"We received numerous complaints from local dealerships," said Capt. Craig Dodd, Dougherty County Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's Office got complaints that a section of state law was broken when Interstate Nissan set up a temporary lot at Sam's Club.

"They cannot have a temporary sale anywhere outside of their permanent county or an adjoining county to theirs," said Dodd.

"We called the state and went through every policy," said Shane Brown.

Brown is the General Sales Manager and business director for Interstate Nissan.

"We asked the state exactly what to do what policies to go by, but there was a little loop hole they did not tell us until we just got notified by the sheriff's office," said Brown.

There were dozens of prospective buyers on the lot Thursday afternoon; the dealership says they are now out tens of thousands of dollars, not counting profit they had hoped to make.

"We sent out 50,000 to 60,000 piece mailers, our permits, everything we bought to set this up, all the excitement of people thinking they're going to get a good deal is gone," said Brown.

The Sheriff's Office says they're just following state law by asking that managers cease and desist.

"There were no intentions by anyone to make violations about the law," said Dodd.

"The local dealers got together and found a little loop hole stating you cannot sell vehicles more than two counties away,  everybody is upset about this," said Brown.

Cory Mac is disappointed but is willing to drive to Tifton to buy his car.

"They said they would give us a free gas card if we go to Tifton and look at them," said Mac.

"If the dealerships had been taking care of the customers in Albany we would not have been invited," said Brown.

Thursday afternoon the dealership got drivers to come in and help move out the vehicles.

Interstate Nissan says all the deals they advertised at the tent sale are still available at the Tifton location.

 

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