An unlicensed car dealer who rebuilt and sold insurance company write-offs, many without airbags, has been fined $40,000, according to Ontario's vehicle sales regulator.
The Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council says Ahmad Moussa, operator of Quality Motors in east-end Ottawa, was convicted of 36 counts of illegally selling motor vehicles.
The cars came from a salvage auction, and at least seven were sold without new airbags to replace airbags that had detonated in collisions, the regulator said. It said it has contacted 50 people who bought vehicles from Moussa to warn them to have their airbags checked.
OMVIC, which enforces Ontario's Motor Vehicle Dealers Act on behalf of the provincial government, said Moussa was also sentenced to two years probation.
The man appeared in court in May, but OMVIC did not release details of the conviction until this week.
The council has long fought a war against "curbsiders,” people who pose as private sellers or operate as auto dealers from gas stations, repair shops and similar businesses.
“While OMVIC can prosecute curbsiders, there is little protection for consumers who buy from them,” said OMVIC chief executive John Carmichael in a release.
Only consumers who buy from registered dealers can claim from a provincial dealers' compensation fund.