In a strong case of “caveat emptor“, a Madeline Leonard, who lives outside of Toronto, Canada brought her car to Orangeville Mazda, a local dealership to have her tires replaced. By the time she had left the dealership, she was on the hook for a grand total of $66,000 CDN, which included the cost of a new car, a 2010 Mazda 6, various dealer accessories (like rust proofing and window etching), taxes and an 8 year loan which added $16,000 to the cost of the car.
After complaining to the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council (OMVIC), the local regulatory body, an investigation took place and found that the vehicle – which was actually a demonstrator with 3,750 miles on the odometer – should have sold for $41,000. The OMVIC has laid charges against Orangeville Mazda, which could face fines of up to $250,000. In addition, two dealership staff, including the salesman who sold Leonard the car, could face jail sentences or six figure fines. Buyer Beware.
[Source: Toronto Star]