Safety first: Don't use backyard mechanics Windsor ON
Owen Sound, ON
Niagara Falls, ON
Safety first: Don't use backyard mechanics
(NC)-Backyard mechanics are usually unlicensed, unregulated and offer no protection to Canadian consumers for the work they do on your car. Consider these facts about backyard mechanics, and other "underground entrepreneurs" before you pay a penny:
• Beware of any tradesperson, mechanic or otherwise, who only takes cash. It usually means they are unlicensed, unqualified and uncomfortable with anyone official checking up on them. Why? Usually to avoid paying income tax and other business-related expenses.
• Underground mechanics offer no warranty on their service. If your car breaks down the minute you drive away, there's a good chance it's your loss and your risk.
• Without a paper trail, there is absolutely no proof that anyone worked on your car or that you paid them to do so.
• People who deal in cash without reporting the income are cheaters. People who pay in cash to get a lower price are contributing to the problem.
• Both sides are putting an unfair burden on those Canadians who do pay tax on their income.
• There's a good chance these cheaters will be caught as the Canada Revenue Agency has an aggressive program to identify and audit those Canadians with suspicious profiles, and enforce laws against the underground economy.
• The Agency has over 1,000 employees dedicated specifically to catching these cheaters. Once caught, cheaters can face prosecution, hefty fines and jail time.
• If you want to do some homework on the issue, go to the Taxpayer Alert section of the Agency's website at www.cra.gc.ca, then click on the Underground Economy link.