BANGOR, Maine — A Brewer woman has shelved her plan to open a new auto care business at the same location where used car dealer Glenn Geiser Jr. operated a dealership until his license to sell cars was suspended, she said Thursday.
“I’ve had enough,” Gwendolyn Reddy, who planned to open Bangor Car Solutions at the former My Maine Ride used car business on Washington Street, said by phone. “I don’t trust anybody and I’m done.”
On Wednesday, Reddy had described her new business.
“We’re just doing service and detailing — everything from fixing an engine to brake jobs and oil changes,” she said. “And we’re cleaning cars.”
Cars will not be sold there, she had said, and noted that Geiser “is just helping me.” She said he had nothing to do with the business.
Reddy listed her address on Oak Grove Drive in Brewer on her Bangor business documents, and the home is owned by Geiser, according to the Brewer assessing department.
Reddy arrived at the business location on Washington Street in Bangor in the same vehicle with Geiser on Wednesday afternoon, and he quickly entered the locked building.
Geiser said Thursday that the backlash from a Bangor Daily News story about Reddy’s planned business is the reason Reddy decided not to open. He said they are not living together.
A vehicle purchased from My Maine Ride in August 2013 that had an inspection sticker but was deemed defective by Maine State Police investigators led to suspensions and charges against Geiser, 48, Sgt. Bruce G. Scott of the Maine State Police’s motor vehicle inspection unit has said.
State police discovered that Geiser, who owns the My Maine Ride and former Bumper2Bumper dealerships in Bangor and managed the former Bangor Car Care dealership, had purchased inspection stickers from a Winterport inspection station and put them on cars at his Bangor used car dealership.
He was charged and pleaded no contest in February to using counterfeit inspection stickers shortly after Attorney General Janet Mills sued Geiser for unfair and deceptive trade practices in connection with his promotion and sale of used cars, some that did not pass inspection.
The evidence collected by Scott and other motor vehicle inspection unit officers led to the 180-day suspension of his license to sell cars, which started on March 1.
“They were never fake inspection stickers,” Geiser said. “He [the Winterport inspection station owner] signed them. They were not printed.”
Scott explained earlier this year that when an inspection sticker is used illegally it is considered counterfeit.