Select Board suspends Westborough Mobil dealership license
WESTBOROUGH – The Select Board has suspended Westborough Mobil’s dealer license at 24 East Main St.
The Select Board voted on August 9 to suspend the license for 30 days, meaning the owner would not be able to buy or sell used cars.
After the period, he will be allowed to maintain his renewal status subject to compliance with his authorizations.
Some board members expressed disappointment at what they said were continued violations by the resort, including having more unlicensed vehicles than allowed on the property.
“What I see here is a pattern of irresponsibility, and to say that [Owner Jack Azar] trying to play by the rules isn’t good enough. It’s his job, his responsibility as a business owner to play by the rules,” said Select Board member Allen Edinberg.
Azar has operated at the Main Street location for 23 years and has a Class II Used Car Sales License.
This is not the first time Westborough Mobil has appeared before the Select Board for alleged breaches or had its license suspended, according to a 2011 Patch article.
Azar faced a lawsuit from the city in 2011 because there was no logbook kept. State law requires a used car dealership to maintain a log of incoming and outgoing cars.
Police said when they inspected the station on July 6, there were seven unregistered vehicles on the property, one more than they are allowed.
“The vast majority, as the police department noted in its report, … are registered. They are there being repaired because Jack runs an active repair service,” said Azar’s attorney, Michael Heineman.
Heineman said there were only three unregistered vehicles during the police inspection. Three of the unregistered vehicles were in the logbook and police missed a fourth, he said.
“Jack has no way of knowing if this is an active check-in or not. He doesn’t have access to the Maine database,” Heineman said.
He argued that Azar’s license was not in violation. In the past, he said the position of the Select Board and the police was that the station’s used car permit dealt with all unregistered vehicles on the property.
“Scheme of Irresponsibility”
Among the comments from the Select Board, they argued that Maine has a publicly available website to check if a vehicle is registered and insured, and it can indicate on the windshield or on a sticker on the license plate. if the registration has expired.
Edinberg maintained that Azar performed repair work on vehicles sold.
“So the repair operation is integral to the fact that he’s a used car dealership, and to say they’re totally separate is dishonest,” Edinberg said.
Edinberg said in 2019 there were 54 violations.
“Some of them were so severe that his building was closed and his operation was stopped immediately by firefighters because these violations posed an immediate threat to life and property,” Edinberg said.
At that time, the Select Board went ahead with renewing its license subject to not finding the company non-compliant.
Recently, Edinberg drove home and saw a vehicle parked on the East Main Street sidewalk with the hood open. He said one of the conditions for 2019 was that vehicles not leave the property and that no repair work would be done outside the catchment area.
Additionally, Edinberg described issues with other permits for hot work and flammable liquids.
“With all due respect to this company you run – whose repair work I have heard so much good about [and] it’s not a reflection of that work – but I feel like we’re having a childish conversation here,” said member Shelby Marshall.
She continued, “You can say to the child, ‘Don’t do it. Something will happen. Until you remove the phone, the child does not understand that there are consequences to action.
Azar said he was trying “very hard” not to let that happen. He said he was careful and took his job seriously. He said he was sometimes late in checking the recording.
“I’m sorry this happened, but I’m not doing anything on purpose,” he said.
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