Used-car dealer Emmanuel Ntiri, who runs Edlavi Motors in Mississauga, Ont., sold customers four vehicles – a 2003 Acura TL, a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica, a 2006 Nissan Altima and a 2004 Maxima. All had a history of accident repairs, and one, the Acura, had suffered structural damage.
All had been in more than one accident. Total damages ranged from over $23,000 for the Acura to $13,000 for the Altima.
Ntiri did not disclose any of the accident history to customers, though he was aware of the damage.
Under the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act, dealers must disclose all vehicle damage over $3,000.
OMVIC director of communications, Terry Okeefe, told Canadian AutoWorld, OMVIC inspectors discovered the offences during a routine inspection and charged the dealer with offences under the MVDA and the OMVIC Code of Ethics.
He also failed to process all financial transactions related to the dealer through the dealer’s bank account.
The dealer offered no defense, waived a hearing and agreed to pay a fine of $7,000.
“In an agreed statement of fact presented to OMVIC’s Discipline Committee, the dealer acknowledged selling four vehicles in 2013 without providing written disclosure to the purchasers,” the regulator said in a press release.
Nitiri also informed his customers of the vehicles’ accident repair history and supplied proof of this to OMVIC.
And he agreed to successfully retake the OMVIC certification course and pay his sales staff to do so.