Follow Us:



Blog Archive

<March 2023>
March 2023 (1)
February 2023 (1)
January 2023 (2)
November 2022 (1)
October 2022 (1)
September 2022 (2)
August 2022 (2)
June 2022 (2)
May 2022 (1)
April 2022 (1)
March 2022 (1)
February 2022 (1)
January 2022 (2)
November 2021 (5)
October 2021 (2)
August 2021 (2)
July 2021 (2)
June 2021 (2)
May 2021 (2)
April 2021 (1)
March 2021 (1)
February 2021 (5)
January 2021 (3)
December 2020 (4)
November 2020 (4)
October 2020 (5)
September 2020 (4)
August 2020 (5)
July 2020 (4)
June 2020 (4)
May 2020 (4)
April 2020 (5)
March 2020 (4)
February 2020 (5)
January 2020 (4)
December 2019 (3)
November 2019 (5)
October 2019 (4)
September 2019 (4)
August 2019 (5)
July 2019 (4)
June 2019 (4)
May 2019 (5)
April 2019 (4)
March 2019 (5)
February 2019 (3)
January 2019 (6)
December 2018 (3)
November 2018 (5)
October 2018 (3)
September 2018 (3)
August 2018 (5)
July 2018 (4)
June 2018 (2)
May 2018 (2)
April 2018 (4)
March 2018 (4)
February 2018 (4)
January 2018 (4)
December 2017 (4)
November 2017 (4)
October 2017 (2)
September 2017 (1)
August 2017 (5)
July 2017 (3)
June 2017 (4)
May 2017 (5)
April 2017 (4)
March 2017 (5)
February 2017 (5)
January 2017 (4)
December 2016 (5)
November 2016 (4)
October 2016 (4)
September 2016 (5)
August 2016 (4)
July 2016 (4)
June 2016 (5)
May 2016 (4)
April 2016 (5)
March 2016 (4)
February 2016 (4)
January 2016 (4)
December 2015 (5)
November 2015 (4)
October 2015 (4)
September 2015 (3)
August 2015 (2)




OMVIC Blog: Car Buying Tips

Stubborn Ottawa-area Curbsider Fined $40,000

Apr 4

Tuesday, April 4, 2017  RssIcon

A Stittsville man has been convicted of curbsiding (acting as a motor vehicle dealer without registration) under the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act (MVDA). OMVIC conducted an extensive investigation into the illegal vehicle sales of Soidan (Danny) Ismail (also “Ismal”). The investigation led to 29 MVDA curbsiding charges and an additional 30 charges under the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) for making false, misleading and deceptive representations regarding the history and condition of vehicles sold. Ismail was convicted on 19 of the charges and fined $40,000.

Appeared to Be a Dealer

Ismail did not act alone. Collaborating with two other individuals – Mark Richards of Gloucester and Thomas Murray of Russell, Ismail advertised vehicles on Kijiji, indicating the vehicles were at St. Laurent Auto Repair and Collision Centre, which he owned.

In a number of cases, unsuspecting consumers were either told they were dealing with a licensed dealership or were under the impression that Ismail was a registered dealer, based on the fact that he issued bills of sale and handled the licensing and transfer of ownership.

Many victims indicated the bills of sale did not include the actual selling price of the vehicle. When questioned, purchasers stated that Richards told them the perpetrators “were just trying to save them some taxes.”


One of the charges related to the sale of a vehicle with undisclosed accident repairs of more than

$15,000. The consumer was told the vehicle had “a minor repair to the rear bumper”; only later was it discovered that the frame of the vehicle had been cut and welded and the suspension replaced and welded illegally.

Another purchaser stated he never would have purchased his vehicle had he known about multiple accident claims that totalled over $24,000.


An OMVIC Investigator met with Ismail early in the investigation to warn him of his illegal practices, at which time Ismail acknowledged he knew he was selling vehicles illegally. A Ministry of Transportation report later revealed Ismail sold 28 vehicles in the one-month period following OMVIC’s warning. Ismail even continued illegally selling vehicles after attending a judicial pretrial on his first set of charges.

“The individual’s conduct is bewildering,” stated Tom Girling, OMVIC Director of Investigations. “Mr. Ismail demonstrated little respect for the law and continued to illegally sell vehicles to the detriment of unsuspecting consumers even after being warned by the regulator.”

Supporting Cast

Thomas Murray and Mark Richards were each charged with one count of curbsiding. Both pled guilty; Murray was fined $5,000; Richards was fined $7,500.

About Curbsiding

The Motor Vehicle Dealers Act requires all vehicle dealers and salespeople be registered with OMVIC. Curbsiders are illegal, unlicensed vehicle dealers who commonly pose as private sellers, though some operate from automotive related businesses such as gas stations, repair shops or rental companies. Just as curbsiders commonly misrepresent themselves, they often misrepresent the vehicles they sell; many are previous write-offs with undisclosed accident repairs or are odometer-tampered.

Research conducted by OMVIC found 25% of online “for sale by owner” vehicle ads are placed by curbsiders. If a consumer is unsure whether or not a business selling vehicles is registered, they should conduct a search on OMVIC’s website, or ask to see the seller’s OMVIC licence. If they are unable to produce one, walk away!

How to Spot a Curbsider

Curbsiders often use one or more of the following tactics to dupe car-buyers:

  • Vehicle is not registered to the seller or has only been registered to seller for short period
  • Vehicle is priced below market value
  • Doesn’t provide the mandatory Used Vehicle Information Package (UVIP), or provides a UVIP that has been tampered with (e.g. information has been removed, or pages missing)
  • Doesn’t provide a vehicle history report (Carproof); or information/ pages missing
  • Refuses inspection by the purchaser’s mechanic
  • Vehicle is often not plated and/ or uninsured; therefore a test drive is not possible
  • Doesn’t provide a receipt or proof of purchase

To report a suspected curbsider, call 1-888-NO-CURBS (662-8727) or email

Visit OMVIC’s website to view a list of recent curbsider convictions.

OMVIC Protects Car Buyers in Ontario

As the regulator of motor vehicle sales in Ontario, OMVIC protects consumers and maintains a fair and informed marketplace by:

Maintaining strict registration requirements for Ontario’s dealerships and salespeople

  • Regularly inspecting all Ontario dealers (new and used)
  • Providing free conciliation services to consumers
  • Developing/delivering consumer and dealer education/awareness programs
  • Investigating and prosecuting industry non-compliance and illegal sales (curbsiding)

Connect with OMVIC on social media!

facebook    Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council


instagram   @omvic_official

LinkedIn   Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council




Copyright OMVIC ©2017