ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The state attorney general's office has sued an Albuquerque used-car dealership that allegedly sold expensive late-model salvage vehicles to customers without disclosing that the cars were previously wrecked.
Albuquerque State District Court Judge W. Daniel Schneider has issued a temporary restraining order against Mountain High Motors and its operators, Vilyam Tooros and Randy Hostetter, Attorney General Tom Udall said.
The restraining order bars the defendants from selling the salvage vehicles or moving them pending further action by the court.
Salvage vehicles generally are declared total losses by the insurance companies that insured them.
The state also accused the used-car dealership of washing the titles to hide the vehicles' history, said Kay Bird, a spokeswoman for the attorney general's office.
Schneider ordered the dealership to surrender sales records so consumers can be notified.
Bird said the state is seeking restitution for consumers who unknowingly bought salvage vehicles, and is considering criminal action against the dealership and its operators.