ADVOCACY

Protecting the Industry

MIADA not only advocates for the automotive industry at the state, local and federal levels, we advocate for both dealers and consumers. Consumers can always reach out to our staff for more information. Dealers, both experienced and novice, also know that the association stands ready to ensure they get the education, information and assistance needed to grow their dealership.

Legislative Advocacy

MIADA is the only state association representing the interests of independent car dealers in Mississippi. MIADA staff and leadership enjoy key relationships with state agencies and state legislative leadership that impact the policies that affect used car dealers. The collective clout of your association and its members enables independent dealers to speak with one strong, unified voice. We are stronger together!

Curbstoning

“Curbstoning” is the repeated, unlicensed “flipping” of used cars for profit.

Curbstoning is illegal in most cities. What’s more, curbstoners put consumers at risk, release unsafe vehicles onto the streets, hurt local businesses, and deny local governments the fees and tax revenue they need to provide essential public services.

Because enforcement resources are spread thin, it’s up to car buyers to be informed, automotive dealers to beproactive, and municipalities to be responsive.
Would you buy a used car from a dealer who had no license, no permits, no liability insurance, and not even a business address?

That’s what you’re doing when you buy a car from a curbstoner.

The term “curbstoning” comes from the practice of parking automotive “inventory” along the curb, although many curbstoners also use vacant lots and unmonitored parking lots as temporary places of business.

Curbstoners are car “flippers” – people who regularly buy cheap cars, fix them up to look decent, and sell them for a quick profit. They often pose as the car’s owner, but they’re not – so they can dodge limits on the number of vehicles an individual can sell before having to register as a dealer.

Curbstoned vehicles may be lemons, salvaged, or even cobbled together from parts from the wrecking yard. They may have been written off as total losses by insurance companies due to collision, flood, or other damage.

Sometimes, unethical used car dealers use curbstoning as a way to get rid of duds they can’t sell on their lots.

Once you buy a curbstoned vehicle, you have nowhere to turn if the car develops problems. If the problems are serious enough, the car may fail inspection or be denied insurance coverage. And, the law requires you to disclose the problems when you sell the car.

It is up to you, as a buyer, to make an informed purchase. We’re here to help!