Suspended Sudbury car dealership operator to appeal

CBC News has learned the operator of two suspended dealerships in Sudbury plans to fight back.

Micheline Cooper was not registered with OMVIC, which is a requirement in Ontario

The operator of two Sudbury car dealerships suspended by the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council this week plans to challenge the decision. (Olivia Stefanovich/CBC)

CBC News has learned the operator of two suspended dealerships in Sudbury plans to fight back.

The Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council shut down the two dealerships earlier this week due to consumer complaints.

The two dealerships are located on the Kingsway in Sudbury and do business as "Drivetime" and "Craig Terry Investments".

The council's deputy registrar Mary Jane South​ said, in one case, a vehicle was repossessed from a customer's driveway because it was sold with a lien.

In another case, South said a customer took out a $45,000 loan to pay for a used vehicle that was never delivered.

The operator of the dealerships, Micheline Cooper, was not registered with the council, which is a requirement in Ontario, South added.

Cooper's husband Dean has told CBC News his wife denies the allegations and plans to appeal the suspension.

If Cooper doesn't appeal, the dealerships will cease operations.

But if she does, South said, the council has 15 days to appear before an independent tribunal.

"We hope to satisfy the tribunal that the suspensions should be continued," she said.

"And our ultimate position is that these licenses of the suspended dealerships be revoked."

South said this is the first time the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council has exercised an immediate suspension of a dealership's license. 

Read the original OMVIC news release here.

  • The Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council administers and enforces the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act on behalf of the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services.
  • According to OMVIC, there are other registered dealers in Ontario using the business name Drivetime. OMVIC noted they are not affiliated with the Drivetime location in question in Sudbury. The council also stated no individual named Craig Terry is party to any of the proceedings.


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