DMV denied Dusty Old Cars dealer’s license
Operated most of 2016 without Nashua license
NASHUA – The classic car dealership at the center of a New Hampshire attorney general investigation and a contested bankruptcy case, Dusty Old Cars, was selling cars out of its Nashua location last year without a dealer’s license from the state, according to court records.
A motion filed in United States Bankruptcy Court in Manchester by attorneys representing the New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles states that an application for a dealer’s license was denied to the company in July 2016, months after the company had been operating and selling cars at its Airport Road facility.
Dusty Old Cars, and owner Stephan Condodemetraky, are accused by former customers of forging titles for cars, selling consigned cars and not paying the original owner, or charging the original owner bogus repair and other fees, paying a fraction of the sales price. Condodemetraky has steadfastly denied wrongdoing.
According to the DMV’s motion, Condodemetraky applied for a change of location with the state for the dealer’s license, and a license to perform state motor vehicle inspections, in April 2016. The business had moved from its location on Madden Road in Derry to the Airport Road site, where it housed around 400 cars.
When a New Hampshire State Police trooper came to Nashua in May to inspect the business, Condodemetraky reportedly said he had been selling cars out of the Nashua location for months.
“The owner of the business, Stephan Conodemetraky, said that roughly 250 vehicle had been sold out of the new location the past two months,” the trooper reported.
On July 20, 2016, the state denied the Dusty Old Cars application for the Airport Road site because the “application failed to comply with applicable regulations,” the motion states. The state then moved to bring Condodemetraky before the Bureau of Hearings for allegedly conducting business in Nashua before he had the appropriate license.
The motion states that Condodemetraky is faced with the possibility of having his license to sell cars revoked, and fines of $250 for the first offense and $2,000 for each subsequent offense if he was found in violation of the law at the hearing.
That hearing has yet to happen. After a number of delays, the hearing was finally stayed when Condodemetraky filed for bankruptcy protection in February. Now, the DMV wants Bankruptcy Court Judge Bruce Harwood to allow the hearing to go forward.
Harwood has yet to rule on this motion. A hearing dealing with the matter is set for later this month.