Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council

Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council

August 21, 2007 15:11 ET

Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council: Charges Laid After Flood-Damaged Vehicles Imported and Sold in the GTA

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 21, 2007) - In January 2007, the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council (OMVIC) commenced an investigation into the importation of salvage cars into Ontario from the United States by a registered car dealer known as Alumi-Bunk Corporation, operating from Dixie Road, in Mississauga, Ontario. The cars were branded insurance write-offs as the result of flood damage sustained in the state of Louisiana. They had been purchased from an auction located in the U.S., imported into Canada by the dealer and sold to either consumers or other dealers. The cars were subsequently registered in Ontario using altered importation and title documents to conceal their brands. Approximately 30 flood-damaged vehicles were subsequently sold retail to unsuspecting consumers in the Greater Toronto Area between March and December 2006. Two unregistered salespeople working on behalf of the dealer were involved in the registration and sale of these cars and have been charged by OMVIC. The issues concerning the altered documentation were referred by OMVIC to the Ontario Provincial Police who, as result of their investigation, laid criminal charges. The Ministry of Transportation has now informed the buyers of the flood-damaged vehicles that the vehicles are unsafe and must be removed from the road.

Charged are:

Salvatore Casano, 36 years, of Bolton, Ontario.
10 counts unregistered salesperson, Motor Vehicle Dealers Act

Kelly Casano, 29 years, of Mississauga, Ontario.
4 counts unregistered salesperson, Motor Vehicle Dealers Act

Court Date: October 2nd, 2007 9:00 a.m., 101 Court, Brampton


OMVIC administers the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act - a public protection statute - on behalf of the Minister of Government Services. OMVIC's mandate is to maintain a safe and informed marketplace by ensuring registration of dealers and salespeople, regularly inspecting all of Ontario's 8,600 dealerships, maintaining a complaint line for consumers and conducting investigations. OMVIC's Board of Directors includes nine elected dealers and three consumer representatives appointed by government. OMVIC is also responsible for administering the Motor Vehicle Dealers Compensation Fund on behalf of a Board of Trustees.

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