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Would you buy a used car in cyberspace? Some towns saying no...

Posted by Ralph Ranalli April 27, 2008 09:59 AM


Matt Grenier wants to expand his business worldwide. And, like most car dealers, he wants to make a good living.

But unlike most, he plans to do so without attracting road-clogging traffic to his hometown of Shrewsbury, polluting the environment, or erecting unsightly road signs. Grenier, 23, wants to be an online used-car salesman.

The problem is the Internet. The technology that would allow Grenier's business to operate almost unnoticed in Shrewsbury is the very reason why its Board of Selectmen recently denied his application for an auto dealer's license.

"I just don't see the benefit to the town, both to the public and the potential administrative costs," said Selectman John Lebeaux during the board's April 14 hearing on Grenier's license application.

Grenier said he intends to fight the board's decision.

Read more about the conflict over internet-based used car businesses in the online edition of today's Globe West.

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