21 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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Samsung To Showcase End-to-End Automotive Solutions at IAA MOBILITY 2023 – Samsung Global Newsroom

Samsung Electronics to exhibit semiconductor solutions tailored for nearly every automotive function;
Samsung Display to feature enhanced safety and innovative features of OLED displays;
Samsung SDI to present next-generation EV battery products

Samsung Electronics, Samsung Display and Samsung SDI today jointly announced their collaborative presence at the highly anticipated IAA MOBILITY1 2023 event, scheduled for Sept. 5-10 in Munich, Germany. In a united effort, the three Samsung affiliates will showcase a holistic range of automotive solutions set to redefine the landscape of connected mobility and captivate consumers and enterprises from around the globe.

Samsung Electronics: Revolutionizing the Road Ahead

Aligning automotive innovations from all of its semiconductor business units for the first time, Samsung Electronics underscores the symbiotic potential among its diverse offerings across memory, system LSI, foundry and LED technologies. This unification solidifies Samsung’s leading position as an all-encompassing mobility solutions provider.

“IAA MOBILITY 2023 serves as an unparalleled platform for us to demonstrate the collective strength and commitment of our individual businesses, built to revolutionize the automotive industry through our expansive suite of semiconductor technologies,” said Dermot Ryan, President of Device Solutions Europe, Samsung Electronics . “Our shared vision is to collaboratively craft safer, more sustainable and

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Ontario car dealerships are gouging customers: survey

When you buy a car, you’ll be offered warranties, rust protection and other add-ons you can usually accept or decline.

However, a new survey by Car Help Canada, a non-profit group that provides assistance to customers buying cars, finds that some car dealers are forcing customers to buy add-ons, and if they don’t, the dealer will refuse to sell them the car.

“Many dealerships are price gouging consumers charging them excessive fees and forcing them to pay for add-on products they don’t necessarily want or need,” said Shari Prymak, executive director of Car Help Canada.

The Canadian Car Buyers Survey asked 1,500 adult Canadians who purchased a car within the past two years about their car buying process.

Thirty-seven per cent of new car buyers said they were forced to pay a mark-up over the Manufactured Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) and 85 per cent of those profit mark-ups ranged from $1,000 to over $10,000.

Some of the options customers were forced to buy included extended warranties, paint protection, tinted windows, key fob insurance, rust protection, tire and rim protection and VIN etching.

According to the survey, some dealers told customers they had to pay for the add-ons or they couldn’t

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