A Winnipeg dealership has been fined by Manitoba’s Consumer Protection Office for false advertising.
Auto Gallery of Winnipeg was issued the $5,000 penalty on November 13 for failure to comply with the province’s Consumer Protection Act.
The dealership is said to have advertised the price of vehicles “based on the inclusion of a special deduction or circumstance.”
Under the act, a motor vehicle dealership must:
• ensure that advertisements indicate the total cash price of a vehicle including all additional charges, except for the retail sales tax and the federal goods and services tax;
• ensure that an advertisement about a used late-model vehicle indicates that it is a used vehicle;
• not engage in false advertising or provide false information about a vehicle;
• only advertise a vehicle currently in the dealer’s inventory; and
• indicate the time period applicable to limited time offers.
Penalties under the act for a second offence are $10,000, and 20,000 for a third.