I’m a pretty big fan of decent (i.e. well documented and researched) investigative journalism, and for that reason I’ve been a long time fan of CTV W5.

Tonight, I happened to tune in by chance, and the episode is about car & truck dealerships in Calgary with shady and deceptive advertising practices.

So, first up, Woodridge Ford, which in their newsprint advertisement mentions 420 Ford F-150 trucks in stock (!?) as low as $399 a month. So off they go with hidden cameras… of course, the F-150 pickup shown in the ad can’t be found, but a similar model is found (after a while) in the showroom… but to keep that $399… one has to make an annual ‘contribution’ of $2250 (over 3 years!) to maintain that $399 rate … if not, up it goes to $587 a month! Obviously, given a fail notice by the APA with scathing commentary by George Iny.

Then, T&T Honda…

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Just finished watching an excellent CBC The Fifth Estate episode on ‘The Switch from Hell’ about the GM cover-up of their faulty ignition switch which would go from the ‘run’ to ‘accessory’ position thus causing loss of all power functions including power steering, power brakes and worst… air bag deployment. The situation caused the deaths of dozens of GM drivers of Pontiac Pursuit, Chevy Cobalt and Saturn Ion vehicles from the early to mid-2000 model years. Several Canadian victims were involved.

All of it seems to have revealed a culture of profit over even the most basic corporate (and human) responsibility …

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