Mary lives in Kelowna with her son’s in-home caregiver, John*. John was approached by a door-to-door salesperson who was selling a new furnace with a 20-year lease.
John was not properly informed about the lease agreement and therefore did not fully understand his long-term payment plan, which was very expensive. This was when Mary stepped in to try to help John find a way out of the contract. “I was rattling around, trying to find a solution and I contacted Consumer Protection BC,” says Mary.
Consumer Protection BC investigated and found the company had engaged in deceptive behaviour and misrepresented John’s cancellation rights. When everything was resolved, John was able to keep the equipment that had been installed and paid a reasonable rate instead of the expensive 20-year lease.
“If John had been left alone in this, he would have become entangled in the process and gotten lost in it,” says Mary. “Consumer Protection BC unraveled it for us – it was easy to get through the logistics of it all.”
Mary hopes that her story inspires others to learn their rights as consumers when encountering a problem transaction and encourages people to put the time into finding a solution. “I wish people were more aware of where to go for help,” she says.
*Names changed to protect the privacy of the individuals involved.
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