Registrar shuts down motor dealership

    BURNABY, BC, March 13 /CNW/ - The assets of JDM Wholesale Canada Ltd. of
Delta, a motor dealer and importer, have been seized and a receiver has been
appointed to deal with the affairs of the company. The receiver will assess
the claims of a long list of dissatisfied customers, a warranty insurer and
other suppliers.
    As a result of an investigation by the Motor Vehicle Sales Authority of
B.C. (VSA), and upon application by the Registrar of Motor Dealers, the B.C.
Supreme Court issued an order requiring obedience to the January 11, 2008
freeze order issued by the Registrar of Motor Dealers and on February 29, the
B.C. Supreme Court ordered the appointment of the receiver. Named in the
orders are the company and its principals, James and Iain Robinson.
    In the face of this investigation and following a hearing before the
Registrar, it appears as if James and Iain Robinson have fled to New Zealand
and even attempted, from that location, to have assets from Vancouver
transferred to them, despite the freeze order in place. Several vehicles
destined for consumers were found by VSA compliance officers still in
containers at port terminals. At least one of these vehicles had been
previously sold to another customer.
    In court documents filed in the B.C. Supreme Court, the VSA investigation

    -   Premiums paid by customers for extended warranties sold by JDM on at
        least 20 vehicles, had never been forwarded to the insurer, Lubrico

    -   There has been a failure to submit provincial sales tax on vehicle

    -   One customer paid US $14,500 for a vehicle, but discovered when he
        took delivery that it failed to meet Canadian standards and could not
        be registered. His request for a refund was ignored.

    -   A vehicle subject to the freeze order was sold in February for
        $11,500 cash by James Robinson, with a receipt provided by
        Mr. Robinson's wife. The purchaser, who had been promised that
        paperwork would follow, never received the necessary documentation
        and could not register the vehicle. It was later learned that this
        vehicle had been previously sold to another customer.

    "While various investigations continue into the affairs of JDM and its
principals, our foremost concern is for JDM's customers," said Ian Christman,
VSA Deputy Registrar. "The receiver will attempt to satisfy the aggrieved
parties, including, where practical, bringing the remaining imported vehicles
into compliance with Canadian standards. We would urge anyone who feels
victimized by JDM to contact Denis Savidan, VSA's Manager of Compliance and
Investigations at 604-294-9889 ext. 527."

For further information:

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

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