Sale of Odometer-Tampered Vehicles Continues
Thursday, April 18, 2019
A Markham area man has been charged after allegedly trying to sell a car with a rolled-back odometer to an undercover shopper from OMVIC, Ontario’s vehicle sales regulator. The charges came just weeks after 34 charges were laid against the man for the same alleged activity.
Arif Adnan Syed, 36, of Markham, is charged with curbsiding (acting as a dealer without registration) in violation of the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act (MVDA) and with committing an unfair business practice (making a false, misleading or deceptive representation), in contravention of the Consumer Protection Act (CPA). Note: All charges are currently before the court; they are only allegations until proven.
OMVIC’s latest investigation began after a call from a concerned consumer who had responded to a Kijiji ad for a vehicle. The ‘private seller’ who had posted the ad allegedly showed the consumer a number of vehicles he had stored behind a Scarborough apartment complex.
OMVIC’s Investigations team then deployed an undercover shopper who responded to a Kijiji ad posted by the same seller for a 2010 Camry with an odometer reading of 155,000 km. The Camry had been sold earlier in 2019 with approximately 217,000 kms on the odometer. When the undercover shopper met the seller at 1110 Birchmount Road in Scarborough, the seller was identified as Arif Syed.
Syed allegedly told the undercover investigator he had five more vehicles for sale parked behind a Carabob Court apartment building. Investigators confirmed that five cars, all without license plates, were present.
Around the same time Syed also allegedly sold a 2011 Nissan Altima with an odometer reading of 131,590 to a recent immigrant from China. The consumer had seen the automobile advertised on Kijiji and paid Syed $5400 in cash. OMVIC’s investigation found the Nissan had been sold to Syed for $3000 in February 2019, when the odometer read approximately 229,000 kilometers.
“OMVIC is warning the public not to buy vehicles from, or sell vehicles to, Arif Adnan Syed,” states Don Cousens, OMVIC’s Manager of Investigations. “We believe this individual’s alleged actions pose a serious threat of consumer harm. As previous charges have not stopped him from continuing the illegal sale of odometer tampered vehicles, we are releasing his picture in hopes of warning the car-buying public.”
Arif Syed is described as male, 36 years of age, 5’6”, with short black hair, a brown complexion and stocky build.
What Should Consumers Do?
Consumers who bought a vehicle from Arif Adnan Syed are encouraged to purchase a UVIP or CARFAX Canada report to verify mileage, and to contact OMVIC’s Complaints and Inquiries team at 1-800-943-6002 x3942.
In January 2019, Syed was charged with 22 counts of curbsiding (acting as a dealer without OMVIC registration) and 12 counts of committing an unfair business practice (making false, misleading or deceptive representations) in contravention to the Consumer Protection Act.
Euro Premium Auto Ltd., a company directed by Syed, was charged with 13 counts of curbsiding in violation of the MVDA, and six counts of committing an unfair business practice (making false, misleading or deceptive representations), in contravention to the CPA. Syed is the director of Euro Premium Auto Ltd. Note: Euro Premium is not a registered dealer.
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