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DMV Begins Crackdown on Unlicensed Off-Road Dealers

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Nevada DMW investigator William Lyons comes out of a Reno Ahern Rental store to tell us he caught another dealership not in compliance. As he told us, "They were given a cease and desist order, to cease from operation and selling and leasing off-highway vehicles."

With state and local governments looking for every penny of uncollected taxes and fees, the DMV is on a campaign to see if dealers like this one are paying that license fee to sell or rent off-highway vehicles. If they don't comply, it hits them in their wallet. Lyons told us, "The next action would be a financial hit to them. That would be an administrative fine."

He says Nevada loses millions of dollars a year because some dealers of all-terrain 2 and 4-wheelers, dune buggies, snowmobiles…anything with a motor used on public lands for recreation…don't pay for the license. As he put it, "Some dealers try to find ways around laws to do certain things." Even though we're only talking a $125 license fee? "I understand, but there are other fees that are attached to that." Namely a $38 fingerprint fee, plus a licensed dealer must be bonded, have a fixed place of business and follow strict standards on advertising and financing.

For the DMV, getting the cheaters into compliance takes manpower and time, going from place to place. The Ahern Rental dealership on north Virginia rents 4-wheeled off-highway vehicle. The manager inside would not speak to us on camera.

Across town at Big Valley Honda, general manager Jay England proudly shows off his off-highway dealer license. He said he doesn't mind paying the license fee. "No, because I think it gets the dealerships that are legitimate on a level playing field." He says it gives his dealership, and other licensed ones, credibility. "It's making sure that we're going to be here, you know, provide service down the road as well."

For the others, it's comply, or get caught.

The OHV license law was passed by the state legislature 3 years ago, requiring dealers to be licensed by July 1st of this year. And by the way, for owners of off-highway vehicles, you have until next July to register your vehicle. That fee is $20.

-written by John Potter

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