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Consumers Encouraged To Use Licensed Facilities For Auto AC Repairs

Lansing, MI - With temperatures to start reaching summertime highs, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson reminds motorists seeking to recharge their air conditioning unit to take their car to a licensed repair facility.

“If you’re low on refrigerant and need a blast of cold air on a summer day, you should make certain the facility offering the air conditioning service is licensed to do so,” Johnson said. “Licensing provides an opportunity for oversight in case your repair isn’t handled correctly. While many automotive repair facilities are licensed and employ properly certified mechanics, many more are not, so you should do your homework before seeking any repairs.”

A facility that is properly registered and that has certified mechanics will have the certificates prominently displayed in the shop as required. Consumers may also search for licensed repair facilities at www.Michigan.gov/sos.

Under state law, someone who knowingly provides automotive repair services without a registration or certificate is guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail, a fine of up to $1,000, or both. Unlicensed repair facilities cannot seek legal action for fees owed to them for work performed or parts provided.

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