Norfolk Car Dealer Removed from Navy Off-limits List

Norfolk Naval Shipyard

NORFOLK — A Norfolk car dealer that was placed on the Navy's off-limits list in November amid an allegation it was involved in an illegal practice known as bird dogging is again approved from Hampton Roads service members.

The commander of the Navy Region Mid-Atlantic removed Carafello's Auto Sales, at 6328 E. Virginia Beach Blvd, from the list Thursday after a recommendation from the Armed Forces Disciplinary Control Board for Southeastern Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina. The board met Monday.

Under Virginia law, only licensed salespeople at a dealership can help customers with vehicle purchases. In the vehicle sales industry, a bird dog is someone who refers a prospective customer to a particular dealership or salesperson for compensation.

Navy spokesman David Todd said the dealership provided proof that all six of its salespeople are licensed with the Virginia Motor Vehicle Dealer Board. It also provided an affidavit signed by sales representatives that they aren't involved in bird dogging, he said.

The off-limits list also currently includes the following establishments:

  • 7 City's Custom & Design, 1062 37th St., Norfolk
  • 7 City's Custom & Design, 117 E. Princess Anne Rd., Norfolk
  • Blazin Herbs, 85 W. Mercury Blvd., Hampton
  • Mellow Smoke Tobacco Shop, 1948 Diamond Springs Rd., Virginia Beach
  • Outer Edge Gifts, 760-B J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News
  • The Vault, 86 W. Mercury Blvd., Hampton
  • The Vault, 15435-B Warwick Blvd., Newport News
  • The Vault, 4746 George Washington Memorial Hwy., Hayes, Va.
  • Unwind, 731 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Ste. B, Newport News
  • Unwind, 389 W. 21st St., Norfolk

The list is an order and service members found breaking it can be subject to disciplinary actions.

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