AMVIC was given that authority by the provincial government in 1999.
Only tax can be added to the advertised price, and in Alberta, that’s just 5 per cent GST.
The Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council (AMVIC) is the organization that’s supposed to be enforcing this consumer protection law.
The new vehicle market in Calgary was out of control in the period that we shopped. In 2013, the New York State Attorney General reached a $135,000 settlement with a Toyota dealership for adding a so-called $499 “administrative fee” to the purchase price of used vehicles.
There wasn’t a serious effort by most retailers to try and match their advertised price.” Stringent U. The Attorney General said that no extra services or benefits were provided to customers who were charged the fee and so the dealership had to repay $86,826 to 174 customers who were charged the “bogus” fee and pay an additional $50,000 in costs and penalties to the state.
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When asked about the report, Bachinski told W5 “I’m not in a position to comment on it. It’s a draft report that AMVIC hasn’t had a chance to respond to.” Service Alberta Minister Stephen Khan also declined to comment on the draft report. “I think it would be very unfair of me to make comments about the report prior to being able to sit down with the board and the board chair.” Although he added: “We’re going to sit down and help the board ensure that AMVIC is delivering the kind of consumer protection that Albertans demand.” In the meantime, Iny has a warning for Calgary car buyers.
“There’s no boots on the ground when it comes to consumer protection. jurisdictions, such as New York State, the rules on car dealer pricing and advertising are tough.
In 2014, the Attorney General cracked down on six other car dealerships for deceptive and misleading advertising practices including: discounts and rebates that were not available to most customers; using footnotes or asterisks in an ad that contradicted or modified the principal message of the ad; and using a print size that was so small it was not easily readable.