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Followup: Mazda terminates Canadian dealer that swindled customer

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Filed under: Car Buying, Government/Legal, Hirings/Firings/Layoffs, Mazda, Canada

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The public outcry over an unscrupulous Canadian Mazda dealership that sold a Mazda6 to a woman with a learning disability for over $25,000 Canadian dollars over sticker has been understandably strong. The Mazda6 wasn't even new and it was rolling on steel wheels for crying out loud. It appears that fact wasn't lost on Mazda corporate, as The Star reports that the dealer has been given the pink slip.

The Star quotes Mazda PR director Greg Young as saying, "We informed the dealer this morning that we were terminating the agreement because he had not adhered to the business standards, under the terms of the sales and service agreement." The terminated contract means the Orangeville dealer can no longer sell any new Mazda vehicles or parts to customers or make repairs. The hammer of justice has fallen, and the sound was deafening.

That's quite the punishment, there, but the Canadian government still hasn't taken its turn at the firing squad. Under the Consumer Protection Act the dealer is subject to a fine of up to $250,000, while the employees involved could be hit with a fine of up to $100,000 in addition to potential jail time. The owner of the dealership could also lose his license to sell vehicles. The next likely step in this saga is that Mazda of Orangeville will seek an injunction temporarily blocking Mazda's termination.

We had a feeling that justice would be done, but we didn't know the long arm of the law would be that swift. Thanks to everyone for the tips!

[source: The Star]

Followup: Mazda terminates Canadian dealer that swindled customer originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 14 May 2010 08:27:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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