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Navajo commission takes up predatory auto sales

CROWNPOINT, N.M. -- Navajos who feel they've been the victim of predatory auto sales can share their experiences with the tribe's Human Rights Commission.

The commission is holding a public hearing on the topic Friday in Crownpoint. About 160 people attended two other hearings held last year in the Arizona communities of Dilkon and Kayenta.

Commission spokeswoman Rachelle Todea said Navajos have reported having their keys or driver's licenses withheld to coerce them into signing contracts that have unfavorable terms and high interest rates. The commission also is seeking testimony on down payments, repossession of vehicles, electronic lock-out devices and deceptive marketing tactics.

Todea said the commission will gather the complaints and surveys to produce a report that will be available on its website.

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