23 Jun, 2024

This Windsor, Ont., man is paying for a car he can’t drive. He’s calling for stronger consumer rights

A Windsor, Ont., man who has spent months without a vehicle as his SUV sits in the dealership’s lot, awaiting parts, following an accident is calling for stronger consumer laws.

Mohamed Ahmed says the March car accident left his then month-old vehicle undrivable. He said he wasn’t offered a replacement, and was “shocked” to learn he didn’t have a legal right to one.

Ahmed financed a 2023 Volkswagen Tiguan in February. He is still waiting for the arrival of two main parts — a steering rack and rims — so his vehicle can be fixed.

“There is no ETA on the parts, which is causing me a lot of frustration,” he said.

Ahmed said he works for a Toronto-based company and is supposed to be there in person at least twice a month, but he’s unable to get there.

“If I want to travel, meet my clients, meet my team — I’ll be so much stressed with everything going up on the roof now with prices. I need to save every penny not to spend it on car rentals.”

I’m paying for a car I don’t have. I’m paying for a car that I don’t know when it’s coming back.

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Stellantis unveils aftermarket parts brand to complement Mopar

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DGGI seeks higher GST from auto parts makers

Goods and services tax authorities have raised higher tax demands to several automotive component manufacturers, citing a Supreme Court judgment regarding a company owned by the West Bengal government.

The Directorate General of Goods and Services Tax Intelligence (DGGI) sent notices to at least 17 such companies in the last 45 days alone with total tax demands of over ₹1,200 crore, said people were close to the development. Officials said the amount could go up further as more notices will be sent.

“Going by the Supreme Court order in the case of M/s Westinghouse Saxby Farmer, parts used exclusively for the auto industry have to pay higher tax and there cannot be two principles of taxation for the two industries,” a senior tax official told ET .

The matter involves manufacturers of engines, horns, locks, lights, sensing devices, valves, switch panels, LCD screens used in dashboard displays, oil seals and other electronic components, among other vehicle parts.

While these manufacturers have been paying GST on the parts at lower rates, usually 18%, tax authorities have claimed that a rate of 28% is applicable since that is the GST rate applicable on ‘parts and accessories of motor vehicles’ as per the

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Repco, Supercheap fined by consumer watchdog over button battery products

Australian automotive accessory retailers Repco and Supercheap Auto have been fined for supplying car key remotes that allegedly breached warning requirements for products powered by button batteries.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) issued infringement notices to the Innovative Mechatronics Group (IMG) over four different models of replacement car key remotes supplied by IMG to Repco and Supercheap Auto that allegedly failed to include the required safety warning labels about the hazards associated with button batteries, which is a serious safety risk to children.

It also fined Repco and Supercheap Auto for supplying two types of car key remotes to consumers.

The supplier of the car remotes and retailers Repco and Supercheap Auto have all been fined. (Supplied)

Mandatory safety and information standards were introduced in 2022 following the deaths of three children caused by button batteries.

IMG paid $59,640 in penalties, while Repco and Supercheap Auto paid $33,000 and $26,640 respectively.

While the packaging of the car key remotes supplied by IMG and sold to consumers by Repco and Supercheap Auto featured a QR code that linked to a website that contained a warning symbol and information about button batteries, the ACCC said it did not meet the

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Top Car News That Mattered This Week (Nov 6-10): New-gen Maruti Swift Spied, Citroen eC3 Price Hike, Tata Punch EV Spied, New Kia Carnival Interior Revealed, And More

The key highlight from this past week was the slew of updates about the upcoming new-generation Maruti Swift

Swift, Eletre, eC3

This past week, we received a whole host of updates on upcoming products in India. From the official debut of the new Suzuki Swift in Japan and it being spotted testing on our roads, to the entry of British automotive marque Lotus in the country. Let’s explore all the noteworthy four-wheeler headlines that captured our attention last week.

More Details On The New Swift

2024 Suzuki Swift

In its home country Japan, the new-generation Suzuki Swift gets a fresh Z series 3-cylinder petrol engine compared to the older 4-cylinder K-Series engine. However, the power figures of this engine are yet to be disclosed. We have also detailed the color options for the Japan-spec Suzuki Swift.

Just a few days after its debut in Japan, the new-generation Swift was also spotted in India last week, introducing new design details specific to its India version.

Citroen eC3 Price Hike

Citroen eC3

The Citroen eC3 has received its second price increase this year. Introduced in India in early 2023, the eC3 electric hatchback experienced its initial price revision in August. For detailed variant-wise pricing information, visit this link.

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FTC reveals new rule targeting auto dealership scams that hurt shoppers

The Federal Trade Commission announced a new rule Tuesday intended to stop auto dealers from using hidden fees and bait-and-switch price tactics on buyers.

The agency says such fees and tactics cost people in the US $3.4 billion a year and add 72 million hours to their time spent shopping for vehicles.

The FTC calls the new regulation the Combating Auto Retail Scams Rule.

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The agency says the rule bans misrepresentations about price, cost and other key information. It also requires dealers to provide the actual price consumers have to pay for vehicles, to disclose that additional items such as extended warranties aren’t mandatory and to state the full monthly payment consumers are accepting upfront.

Stacy Lupo of Winter Haven, Florida, said she and her son were victimized by those kinds of sales tactics when she bought a car for him at a Toyota dealership in 2021. They were offered an extended warranty and turned it down, but Lupo was concerned about the way the financing manager behaved afterwards.

She said she later reviewed the lease paperwork and

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JLR parts crisis leaves almost 5,000 cars awaiting repairs

Delays to the delivery of parts have left almost 5,000 Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) cars stuck at dealerships awaiting repairs.

Speaking at the carmaker’s financial update last week, JLR chief executive, Adrian Mardell, said the firm needed to apologize to customers facing delays.

JLR has downsized its UK parts supply network from 18 warehouses to one ‘super-centre’, the Mercia Park complex in Leicestershire, operated by its logistics partner Unipart Logistics.

But since the “transition” started at the beginning of Q4 there have been problems supplying parts for Jaguar and Land Rover dealerships, and authorized repairers, leading to cars being parked up awaiting parts, while the JLR network ran out of loan cars for affected customers .

JLR says the situation is improving, but it is unlikely to be fully resolved until early 2024. There is still a backlog of parts orders.

Mardell said: “It was a planned transition but the transition is taking longer than we would have originally planned and, just to be clear, that’s something that nobody wished for, and that’s something that, as an organization with our partners we’re working with here, we obviously have responsibility for the change.”

The delays are something “we do need to

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Daihatsu, Toyota’s small car subsidiary, shuts down factories due to falsified safety tests

Daihatsu, a subsidiary of Japanese car maker Toyota, has shut down production lines at all four of its factories as the Japanese government investigates reports the company faked safety test results on some car models for more than 30 years.

The shutdown came a week after the company announced it was suspending all vehicle shipments in and outside Japan after admitting to improper testing involving 64 models.

That led transport ministry officials to launch a deeper probe into problems that reportedly persisted for decades.

So far there have been no reports of accidents or deaths due to the falsified tests.

The stoppage is expected to affect thousands of auto parts makers and their employees, potentially dealing a blow to local economies across Japan.

It is just the latest number of safety or other violations revealed to have taken place to at least five of Japan’s major automakers in recent years.

The shutdown

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10 products you need in your car this winter – National

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As the days get shorter and colder, preparing your vehicle for winter driving is crucial.

According to the RCMP, in 2017 nearly 30 per cent of accidents happened on wet, snowy or icy roads. In addition to checking conditions before hitting the road, having a winter safety kit in your car is important. The CAA notes that 50 per cent of Canadians have such a kit in their car.

“The best time to get your car winter-ready is before the snow falls,” says Kristine D’Arbelles, Senior Director of Public Affairs for CAA National.

In case a roadside emergency occurs, it’s important to be equipped with all the essentials.

“Having an emergency kit in your car is always a good idea, but especially important during the winter,” suggests D’Arbelles. “You can build your own using common household items such as a flashlight with extra batteries, a snow brush, a bag of kitty litter, paper towels, and a small toolkit or a few screwdrivers and pliers.”

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UAW: 13,000 auto workers go on strike. What’s at stake

DETROIT (AP) — About 13,000 auto workers have walked off the job at three targeted factories after their union leaders couldn’t reach a deal with Detroit’s automakers.

The United Auto Workers union is seeking big raises and better benefits from General Motors, Ford and Stellantis. They want to get back concessions that the workers made years ago, when the companies were in financial trouble.

A small percentage of the union’s 146,000 members walked off the job at a GM assembly plant in Wentzville, Missouri; a Ford factory in Wayne, Michigan, near Detroit; and a Stellantis Jeep plant in Toledo, Ohio, at 11:59 pm Eastern time on Thursday.

Shawn Fain, the combative president of the UAWsays the targeted strikes will give the union leverage in contract talks and keep the auto companies guessing about their next move.

It could also make the union’s $825 million strike fund last much longer.

Both sides began exchanging wage and benefit proposals last week. Although some incremental progress appears to have been made — General Motors made a new, richer offer just hours before the strike deadline — it was not enough to avoid walkouts. The strike could cause significant disruptions to auto production

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