Toronto, ON, February 11, 2019–OMVIC, Ontario’s vehicle sales regulator, has ordered the IMMEDIATE SUSPENSION of: 11104098 Canada Inc. operating as A1 Motors; its director, Zi Wang; and general manager, Lei (Matt) Chen. As a result, A1 Motors, located at 4032B Finch Avenue East, Scarborough, Zi Wang and Lei Chen cannot legally sell, lease, buy or consign vehicles.

In conjunction with the Immediate Suspension Order OMVIC issued a Proposal to Revoke the Registrations of A1 Motors, Zi Wang and Lei Chen.

According to OMVIC CEO and Registrar John Carmichael, Immediate Suspensions are only issued when the regulator believes a dealer’s conduct may place the car-buying public at risk. “In this instance OMVIC is alleging that Zi Wang, A1’s sole officer and director, gained registration using deceit, forged documents and by allowing his father, Zhijun Wang, a twice convicted curbsider, to impersonate him.”


History

In December 2017, OMVIC ordered the Immediate Suspension of Min Tian, operating as Nice Auto Sales, then located at 4032 Finch Avenue East, Scarborough (the same address used by A1 Motors). The Suspension Order and Proposal to Revoke the Registration of Nice Auto Sales alleged Tian employed an unregistered salesperson, Zhijun Wang, her husband. Zhijun Wang had been previously charged by OMVIC and convicted for illegal vehicle sales and committing an unfair business practice related to rolled-back odometers. In its Proposal to Revoke the Registration of Nice Auto Sales OMVIC also alleged that, while working illegally for Nice Auto Sales, Zhijun Wang (and the dealer) misrepresented the true distance a vehicle had travelled on a customer’s bill of sale, that Zhijun Wang (and the dealer) failed to make important disclosures related to the accident history of some vehicles sold and that Tian allowed Zhijun Wang to use her identification documents to gain access to wholesale auctions.

In August 2018 Tian (operating as Nice Auto Sales) abandoned the appeal of OMVIC’s Proposal and the dealer’s registration was revoked. Nice Auto Sales and Zhijun Wang were also charged by OMVIC for that illegal activity – in October 2018 both pled guilty. Nice Auto Sales was fined $12,500; Zhijun Wang was fined $25,000.


A1 Motors

In late 2018, A1 Motors (with Zi Wang as sole officer/director) applied for registration – it was granted January 3, 2019.

An investigation by OMVIC has since led to the Registrar’s belief that Zhijun Wang: is an interested person in the dealership (A1 Motors) owned by his son; impersonated Zi Wang in communications with OMVIC regarding A1’s application for registration; impersonated Zi Wang when signing a lease agreement on behalf of A1; and, that Zhijun Wang used identification documents and/or information belonging to Zi Wang to improperly gain access to a wholesale auction.

OMVIC’s investigation findings also allege Zi Wang: permitted his father, Zhijun Wang, to use his identification; furnished a forged lease agreement to OMVIC; and, Zi Wang knowingly provided false, misleading or deceptive statements when he was eventually questioned about his relationship with Nice Auto Sales and Zhijun Wang.

OMVIC also alleges Lei Chen’s failure to meet his legal responsibilities as the person in charge of A1 Motors, including his failure to ensure Zi Wang and A1 Motors’ compliance with the Act and Regulations, disentitles him to registration.


Warning

Consumers and registered dealers are warned not to buy or lease vehicles from, or sell or consign vehicles to, 11104098 Canada Inc., operating as A1 Motors, Zi Wang or Lei Chen while the dealer’s registration is suspended; additionally, consumers and dealers are warned not to buy vehicles from, or sell to, Zhijun Wang. Consumers who trade with an unregistered business or individual are not protected by the Motor Vehicle Dealers Compensation Fund.

IMPORTAT NOTE: Within 15 days of the issuance of an immediate suspension order a hearing will be held before the Licence Appeal Tribunal. The Tribunal will determine if the order should be extended until a final determination is made regarding the associated Proposal(s) to Revoke Registration.

Consumers with questions or concerns should contact OMVIC’s Complaints and Inquiries Team at 1-800-943-6002x3942.


About OMVIC Registration

Ontario’s Motor Vehicle Dealers Act (MVDA) requires all dealers and salespeople be registered with OMVIC. Unregistered selling (curbsiding) is a serious offence. Individuals convicted of curbsiding can be fined up to $50,000 and/or be jailed for up to two years less a day.


About OMVIC

OMVIC (Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council) administers and enforces the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act (MVDA) on behalf of the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services. OMVIC maintains a fair and informed vehicle sales marketplace by regulating dealers and salespersons, regularly inspecting Ontario's 8,000 dealerships and 29,000 salespeople, maintaining a complaint line for consumers and conducting investigations and prosecutions of industry misconduct and illegal sales (curbsiding). OMVIC is also responsible for administering the Motor Vehicle Dealers Compensation Fund on behalf of its Board of Trustees.


About the Motor Vehicle Dealers Compensation Fund

The Motor Vehicle Dealers Compensation Fund is funded by Ontario's registered motor vehicle dealers and provides compensation to consumers who have a valid claim against an Ontario-registered dealer. Qualifying consumers may be eligible to receive up to $45,000 for each valid claim to the Compensation Fund. Since its inception on July 1, 1986, the Compensation Fund has reimbursed consumers more than $6 million.

 

 

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Terry O’Keefe
Director of Communications
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Amanda Risser
Senior Communications Officer
416-226-4500x3172
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Daphne Boxill
Communications Officer
416-226-4500x3185
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