SURREY, B.C., May 6 /CNW/ - The Registrar of Motor Dealers has cancelled
the dealer licence of Matrix Auto Sales Ltd. of New Westminster. A
"lifetime ban" was imposed upon a person previously suspended and
convicted in Provincial Court for deceptive practices. The salesperson
licence of another individual was cancelled for three years. The case
involved multiple investigations and hearings after a complaint was
filed in 2009.
A resident of Nelson responded to an Internet advertisement by Matrix
for a 2006 Toyota Tundra truck, bought the vehicle for cash, but then
had a variety of problems. Matrix made various efforts to repair the
truck but problems persisted and a complaint was filed with the Vehicle
Upon investigation, it was determined that the Tundra had been imported
from the U.S. An accident here was written off by ICBC as a "total
loss." Matrix purchased the wreck as a "salvage vehicle" and rebuilt
it. They managed to get the Tundra inspected for compliance with the
Motor Vehicle Act, licenced once again and available for resale.
Subsequent investigations determined that among many areas of concern,
the wheels and tires were too large for the vehicle. Ultimately, Matrix
gave the customer a full refund, including certain expenses.
Of concern during the proceedings was the involvement of Ramin Karamali,
previously denied a salesperson licence after being convicted in
Provincial Court for deceptive practices, odometer tampering, operating
as an unlicensed dealership and aiding and abetting evasion of taxes.
Matrix had been registered in the name of Karamali's wife Madana
Mansouri Tehrani, Reza Mohammad Foroghi and another salesperson.
However, evidence indicated that Karamali had acquired 75 percent
equity and became the driving force within the company. The law
required Matrix to report any change of ownership to the VSA, but this
was not done.
In his 46-page written judgment, Deputy Registrar Ian Christman
concluded that Matrix sold an unsafe vehicle and deliberately worked to
conceal Mr. Karamali's ownership position. A "doctored" sales agreement
was evidence of that intent. Christman imposed a "lifetime ban" on Mr.
Karamali and made it clear that any dealership application in the
future demonstrating his involvement would be looked upon with
As a result of the current judgment, Matrix is not permitted to sell
motor vehicles to consumers, and anyone who purchases from them after
the date of this action will not have the protection of the VSA.
SOURCE Motor Vehicle Sales Authority of British Columbia
For further information:
Judy McRae, Manager, Corporate Services and Communications, Phone: 604-575-6164 www.vehiclesalesauthority.com