Motor dealer penalized for misrepresenting and selling unsafe vehicle

    BURNABY, BC, Aug. 21 /CNW/ - Massive Truck Sales Ltd. of Abbotsford and
its principals Gurtej Sidhu and Jastez Singh Sidhu have been penalized by the
Registrar of Motor Dealers for deceptive practices related to the sale of an
unsafe used truck and ordered to make full restitution to the consumer
    Citing the province's Motor Dealer Act, the Business Practices and
Consumer Protection Act and related regulations, and that this is the second
such infraction by Massive Truck, Deputy Registrar Ian Christman ordered
restitution to the consumer; an administrative assessment of $20,000 against
the dealership; $2,250 against the two salesperson licences and full
compensation to the Motor Vehicle Sales Authority (VSA) for the costs of the
proceedings. Other conditions were attached to the dealer and salesperson
licences. One salesperson was suspended for three days for giving a false
statement to investigators.
    The case involved a used Dodge truck. The customer was told that the
vehicle had been owned by an old man and had been "well maintained." It was
also represented that all of the vehicles at this dealership had their brakes
inspected prior to sale.
    Within two weeks of the sale, the brakes failed completely. The Dodge was
subsequently inspected and failed the B.C. Private Vehicle Inspection, judged
unsuitable for transportation for several reasons. During a test drive, the
dealer had played down a noise and vehicle pull upon braking as a minor
alignment problem.

    In his judgment, Christman wrote:

        "I believe this case is without precedent as to the severity of the
        potential harm from the deception. It surpassed mere monetary
        damages. Through a deceptive act, Massive Truck placed a consumer and
        the general public in danger for the sake of selling the Dodge for
        under $5,000.00."

    The Deputy Registrar permitted Massive Truck and the salespeople to
continue in business, but he issued strict conditions:

    -   Every vehicle sold must first pass the B.C. Private Vehicle
        Inspection - to be reviewed after one year.

    -   The two salespeople involved must retake the VSA's Salesperson
        Certification Course at their own cost within 90 days or their
        licences will be suspended.

    The dealer and the salespeople were also warned that another such
infraction may cost them their licences.

For further information:

For further information: Judy McRae, Manager, Corporate Services and
Communications, Phone: (604) 293-3521,

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