AMVIC lays 38 charges against owner of Calgary vehicle dealership

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Edmonton— Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council (AMVIC) has laid 38 charges against Howard Ackman the owner of Roadsport Autocredit (aka 403 Car Loan, Credit Amnesty 2012, 1800Approved.ca, 1800Approved). The charges include one of theft under $5,000 and one of fraud under $5,000 under the Criminal Code of Canada. Thirty-six charges are under the Consumer Protection Act (CPA), 17 related to failing to make records available, 16 related to unfair practices and three related to misleading consumers.

“AMVIC takes it very seriously when an automotive business breaks Alberta’s consumer protection laws,” Malcolm Knox, AMVIC CEO said. On April 13, 2018 AMVIC suspended the business licence of Roadsport Autocredit due to consumer complaints on numerous issues contrary to Alberta’s consumer protection laws.

“Thanks to the consumers who filed complaints, we started an investigation that led to one of the largest number of charges being laid against a single person by AMVIC,” Knox said.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone who has a consumer complaint or concern with a transaction with Roadsport Autocredit or a representative of Roadsport Autocredit should contact AMVIC’s consumer services team:

  • By filing a concern/complaint online at amvic.org
  • Or by calling (780) 466-1140 ext. 2002, or toll free 1-877-979-8100 ext. 2002, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Media inquiries may be directed to:

Cathy Housdorff

Manager of Communications and Education

Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council

780-468-0476

CHousdorff@amvic.org

 

Related: April 19, 2018: AMVIC suspends Roadsport Autocredit’s business licence due to consumer complaints

 

About AMVIC: The Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council (AMVIC) is a regulatory organization authorized by the Minister of Service Alberta to enforce and administer the following legislation in relation to automotive businesses: the Consumer Protection Act (formerly the Fair Trading Act); the Automotive Business Regulation; the Cost of Credit Disclosure Regulation, and the Internet Sales Contract Regulation. AMVIC’s mandate is to provide consumer protection in Alberta’s motor vehicle industry. AMVIC publishes valuable information and tips for consumers, businesses and salespeople at amvic.org.