Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council

Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council

October 10, 2008 08:30 ET

Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council: Bradford Resident Convicted of Selling Unsafe Cars

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 10, 2008) - A Bradford man was convicted in Barrie Provincial Offences Court Tuesday, after posing as a car dealer and selling salvage-branded cars to unsuspecting consumers.

The conviction was the result of charges laid by the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council (OMVIC) following an investigation into 24 cars imported by a man who was selling them from an unregistered (illegal) car dealership operated as "Millennium Imports and Services" at 4286 10 Side Road, Bradford.

This dealer imported the cars from salvage auctions in North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Maryland during the past year. All of these cars, which included late model Ford SUVs, Honda and Mazda, had been branded as "salvage" in the United States, and are not considered roadworthy. After being imported into Canada the titles were "washed" so that the salvage brand was removed to conceal the true history and condition of the vehicles. The vehicles were repaired cosmetically and sold to Ontario consumers.

Since these vehicles may be unsafe, the Ministry of Transportation will be contacting the consumer victims to suspend the vehicle permits until the cars have passed an official structural inspection.

Paul Troper, 40 years, of Bradford, plead guilty on October 07 2008 to 20 counts of selling cars without registration contrary to the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act. He was fined a total of $40,000 (plus victim surcharge).


OMVIC administers the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act - a public protection statute - on behalf of the Ministry of Small Business and Consumer Services. OMVIC's mandate is to maintain a safe and informed marketplace by ensuring registration of dealers and salespeople, regularly inspecting dealers, maintaining a complaint line for consumers and conducting investigations. OMVIC is also responsible for administering the Motor Vehicle Dealers Compensation Fund on behalf of a Board of Trustees. The Fund provides up to $15,000 of compensation if a consumer suffers as a result of a transaction with a registered dealer.

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