Curbsiding Crackdowns: UCDA announces successful investigation by OMVIC into curbsiding

Toronto, Ontario — The Used Car Dealers Association of Ontario (UCDA) has announced the successful investigation into provincial curbsider activities.

In a recent UCDA newsletter: Successful Curbsider Investigation Wraps Up, the organization noted that “since last year, we have been aware of a massive curbsider operation allegedly operating in North York.”

Here, the newsletter noted that many vehicles were being displayed at a huge church parking lot. Vehicles were also being advertised on the internet, with the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council (OMVIC) saying that the curbsider group “were buying vehicles listed as ‘scrap’ on various platforms, only to resell them to unsuspecting consumers at a hefty profit.”

OMVIC further stated that “many of these vehicles were not roadworthy and had undisclosed accident damage, putting buyers at risk.”

Since investigations began, OMVIC has charged five individuals with a combined 150 charges in relation to the activity: Igor Gomelyuk, Vitali Laurenau, Andre Gomelyuk, Savesh Malik and Artak Petrosian.

The charged individuals are scheduled to appear in court in Toronto on July 26, 2024.

Currently, curbsiding carries a $5,000 minimum fine in the province.


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