Ontario Gets a "Lemon Law"!

Ontario Gets a "Lemon Law"!

Postby CLS » Tue Feb 23, 2010 5:54 pm

The Ontario government has taken steps to provide greater protections for consumers who purchase autobmobiles on the province. As highlighted on the province's website (at http://www.news.ontario.ca/mcs/en/2010/01/improving-protection-for-consumers-buying-cars.html):

"January 12, 2010 10:30 AM

McGuinty Government Strengthens Motor Vehicle Sales Sector
Ontario is providing consumers with improved protections when they buy or lease new and used cars.

The province's new Motor Vehicle Dealers Act, 2002 (MVDA) that came into force on January 1, 2010, requires dealers to:

■Disclose a vehicle's true condition and history before consumers sign contracts.
■Adopt "all-inclusive pricing" when advertising new and used vehicles, including freight, dealer preparation and other miscellaneous charges.

Consumers will also be able to cancel a contract within 90 days if a dealer fails to disclose certain key items such as accurate odometer-readings, the correct year or model, and the previous use of the vehicle.

Improved protection from the Motor Vehicle Dealers Compensation Fund, with an increase from $15,000 to $45,000 in coverage, will also allow consumers to recover deposits should a dealership goes out of business.

The Motor Vehicle Dealers Act, 2002 is administered by the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council (OMVIC) on behalf of the Ontario government. "

This is good news for consumers and a welcome addition to the arsenal of consumer protection laws in the province.

Kathryn M. Bullon
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Community Law School
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