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Transport ministry to penalize used car dealer Bigmotor over fraud

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In another blow to Bigmotor, police are also investigating the company on suspicion of property destruction after roadside trees near its dealership outlets were found to have withered unnaturally, according to investigative sources.

Not sure if I can blame them for this. Some places just aren't appropriate for tree lined streets. Also, trees over cars is fine for a slob like myself, but really awful if you are trying to sell cars and need them to be clean.

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The fine has to be large enough to enforce change within the company. Executives and those responsible on the ground, for causing the damages need to either be fined or fired!

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The ministry has instructed Bigmotor to conduct inspections at all 135 of its locations, including the 34 deemed to have engaged in fraudulent activity, for any other cases of illegality. It said it received the report from Bigmotor and is scrutinizing its content.

A company with abundant evidence of criminal farud is allowed to self-in inspect and the findings accepts by authorities.

Seems legit.

Another day in the LDP/Japan Inc. combine.

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Not sure if I can blame them for this.

Not sure you read it properly, so let me clear up any confusion you may have; you can blame them for deliberately damaging property that wasn't theirs.

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@keeper internetpoints

Big motor took own actions and damage property which is not theirs. Try to read previous news articles about this content.

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Fraud in the used car industry? What a surprise, not! You can be sure that many, if not all, used car dealerships in Japan are doing exactly the same thing. My ex-wife wouldn’t let me do work on our cars. She would only let dealerships do the work. Every time the cars were put in for services or repaired the bills always included extras that were ridiculously priced. Things like, ¥120,000 to change the front brake pads on a K-car. ¥90,000 to replace a taillight. $60,000 to do an oil and filter change. I was livid for being blatantly ripped off but my ex just told me to stay out of it and paid whatever ridiculous amounts they asked.

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possibly subject to the harshest punishment of having their authority to conduct safety inspections revoked, they said

But will the executive's wives be asked to watch over them to ensure they don't let this happen again?

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I thought fraud in Japan is a criminal offense. Why aren't prosecutors investigating? What about charges and arrests of the individuals responsible?

The ministry has instructed Bigmotor to conduct inspections

No comment needed. Once again, corporate criminals get the proverbial slap on the wrist.

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But will the executive's wives be asked to watch over them to ensure they don't let this happen again?

Brilliant and apropos. If I were wearing a hat, I'd doff it to you.

It is rather satisfying to see my local BigMotor devoid of customers, and the car stock overflowing through lack of sales.

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Not sure if I can blame them for this. Some places just aren't appropriate for tree lined streets. Also, trees over cars is fine for a slob like myself, but really awful if you are trying to sell cars and need them to be clean.

So your theory is that if someone gets a place and they don't exactly like how it lies, it should be ok to damage property that isn't theirs, unilaterally, with no permission?

Seems legit. That's how healthy societies work, right?

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"Things like, ¥120,000 to change the front brake pads on a K-car. ¥90,000 to replace a taillight. $60,000 to do an oil and filter change."

That is crazy pricing...what car brand dealer was that? I usually pay under 1 man yen max for oil / filter change at a company dealership. ( and not a K-car )

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tip of the iceberg

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What is it with the Black suits in Japan? Is suppose to be "official" ?

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JeffLeeToday  08:09 am JST

I thought fraud in Japan is a criminal offense.

In Japan Fraud is a banality, it is only because the case was on TV, that a light move from the ministry occurred.

the hypocritical law system that regulates Japanese courts exists only because Americans made the Japanese constitution at the end of the WAR. Fraud has always been part of Japanese culture.

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otherworldlyToday  09:49 am JST

What is it with the Black suits in Japan? Is suppose to be "official" ?

the suits is used just to pretend to work

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Nice to know fraud is illegal for big corporations.

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Big Motor business down 60% since these crimes were exposed.

It’s good to see the public serving their own form of justice.

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Japan's transport ministry is set to impose administrative penalties on major used car dealer network Bigmotor Co..........................................................Wait, administrative penalties, what the hell does this even mean, a change of paper work....lol!.......The criminals who run this company are just that, criminals, they should be arrested and held in prison, ALL their assets seized and their over seas accounts frozen. But I am joking, this will never happen because, you know, they have connections.

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They should force Big Motors to include a picture of a man striking a car with a golf ball in their logo.

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La vie douce

"Things like, ¥120,000 to change the front brake pads on a K-car. ¥90,000 to replace a taillight. $60,000 to do an oil and filter change."

That is crazy pricing...what car brand dealer was that? I usually pay under 1 man yen max for oil / filter change at a company dealership. ( and not a K-car )

One Honda dealer and one Subaru dealer. That’s why I call them stealerships.

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Golf Balls Property destructions insurance fraud? Sounds kinda bad.

But nobody call the cops ! They got their hands full dealing with mr Pickles n Beer.

Heard he was hungry…

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Big Motor is over already. The social damages incurred does mean they will not get any new clients

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The ministry has instructed Bigmotor to conduct inspections at all 135 of its locations, including the 34 deemed to have engaged in fraudulent activity, for any other cases of illegality. It said it received the report from Bigmotor and is scrutinizing its content.

Well, now we know for sure that J-gov is trying to get to the bottom of this absurd scandal! I guess the ministry has better things to do than conduct it's OWN inspections!

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They actually distributed printed manuals to their dealerships detailing how to illegally "maximise profits".

I'm sure the shredding machines at Autobacs and Yellow Hat have also been well employed since this story broke...

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the hypocritical law system that regulates Japanese courts exists only because Americans made the Japanese constitution at the end of the WAR. Fraud has always been part of Japanese culture.

Spot on. It's good to know I am not the only one who is cognizant of this fact.

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@Lindsay

Things like, ¥120,000 to change the front brake pads on a K-car. ¥90,000 to replace a taillight. $60,000 to do an oil and filter change. I was livid for being blatantly ripped off but my ex just told me to stay out of it and paid whatever ridiculous amounts they asked.

My wife was the same. So I told her fine and I take the money then use rakuten to buy the parts online at often times less than half the price. I have them delivered to my office so she has no chance to see them arrive. Then I install them then take the car to the dealer tell them I had already replaced what was needed but I let them change the oil since it comes free with the car every year.

What she doesn't know doesn't hurt her. And I get to enjoy the extra cash in my pocket.

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They should start investigate other places such as Dr Drive or Autobacs. I have found out on personal experience that sometimes they are using the same proctices as the scamers from Bigmotor

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