Toyota South Africa has "flagged" a buyer on there invoicing system. What this means is that should this buyer want to purchase a Toyota vehicle from a dealer anywhere in South Africa,the dealer is unable to sell/supply to this buyer (a close colleague).
Acccording to the colleague the problem seemed to have arisen when he purchased a SUV that had just been launched by Toyota. After approx. a weeks use, & having decided that this SUV was not for him, he decided to sell it.Toyota South Africa somehow, discovered this colleague's intention. The supplying dealer was interrogated. It would appear that some other dealer might have complained to his Head Office (Toyota) that whilst he was unable to obtain stock of this SUV, how was it possible that a private individual was selling a nearly very new vehicle of the same model.
Surely once you purchase any article one is free to dispose same at anytime and at any price one chooses. Toyota South Africa are clearly is abusing their dominant position as the only supplier of Toyota vehicles in S.A. by restricting their dealerships to supply vehicles to whomever dealerships choose to sell.
The colleague's dilemma is what redress does he have. Is the Competition Commission the body to approach?