Registrar's Decision

Registrar's Decision 16-10-001

File Number: 16-10-001

In the matter of THE MOTOR DEALER ACT R.S.B.C. 1996 C.316

Complainant: Vehicle Sales Authority

Licensee/Unlicensed person:

Carmel Custom Contracting Ltd. dba Marlin Motors (Dealer #30638) and Carmel Custom Contracting Ltd. dba Mill Bay Motors (Dealer #40282


  • A hearing was called to review the motor dealer licences of Carmel Custom Contracting Ltd. dba Marlin Motors (Dealer #30638) (“Marlin Motors”) and Carmel Custom Contracting Ltd. dba Mill Bay Motors (Dealer #40282) (“Mill Bay”) both owned and operated by Marlin Gait (Salesperson #108953)
  • The Authority was concerned that Mill Bay was operating without having fulfilled all licensing requirements and possibly allowing part of Mill Bay’s premise to be used for potentially unlawful activity.
  • Mr. Gait provided evidence of attempts to be in compliance with licensing requirements.
  • Mr. Motors has ceased operations of Mill Bay at this time until all licensing requirements have been met.
  • Mr. Gait had sub-leased part of the Mill Bay business premise and provided evidence that they evicted the tenant conducting the potentially unlawful activity.
  • The Authority staff noted Marlin Motors has not had any significant licensing issues in the past, and any consumer complaints are generally addressed quickly with little involvement from the Authority.


  • The Registrar reminded Mr. Gait of the legal obligations of running a dealership.
  • The Registrar adjourned the hearing sine die (generally) to allow the Authority and Marlin Motors to address the licensing concerns regarding Mill Bay.
  • If any similar licensing issues occur in the future the Authority can recall the hearing back before the Registrar.