Pssst. Wanna make a few bucks? Try to buy a car in the U.S. – in fact, try to buy a hundred cars in the U.S., each from a different dealer. When they all turn you down because you’re Canadian, sue the bastards!
That’s what Newfoundland couple Rhonda Chancey and Allan Coombs plan to do under discrimination laws, and their lawyer seems to think they’ve got a snowball’s chance in Labrador of winning. The Canucks tried to buy a car at more than 140 dealerships in the northeastern U.S. and were systematically turned away.
“Individual dealerships claim they are not allowed or that it is illegal to sell to Canadians. But this would appear to be a patent violation of state and federal anti-discrimination statutes,” said lawyer Stephanie Jazlowiecki of Maine. In the end, the Newfoundlanders bought a car through a U.S. relative, but paid two sets of taxes as a result.
Although we’re not sure if any of the motorcycle manufacturers* are
imposing similar restrictions to their automotive counterparts, if this
type of lawsuit is successful, it should nip that idea in the bud.
BTW, be sure to log onto CMG tomorrow (Friday) for our in-depth look
at the current state of the pricing differentials between the U.S. and
*Well, apart from Bombardier, but then is the Spyder really a motorcycle?