Recently, I found myself in need of a new car. Some people are prone to buying the first shiny thing they see, but I’m more the type to thoroughly research every option and settle on something that offers form and function.
I went to the local car lot and was immediately approached by an over-friendly salesperson. I get it. It’s their job to sell me. They make their commission on moving vehicles, probably have some monthly totals contest going on, and want to make sure they provide for their family. After the slick white-toothed smile pitch on all the bells and whistles the latest model had, I got right to the crux of it and we talked price. There really wasn’t much haggling and we began the paperwork.
“Proof of Insurance please.” I was asked. “I have none.” I replied calmly. “Ok. Not a problem.” came the reply with a large smile.
“Driver’s License.” was the next question. “Never bothered to get one.” I said. Again, I was assured it wasn’t an issue.
“Have you ever actually driven a vehicle? You do understand what roads are? Traffic signs? Traffic lights? Turn indicators? Brakes?” the salesperson inquired. “Nope, but how hard could it be? It looks pretty simple.” I said with confidence.
“Ok. Let me get this straight.” said the salesperson. “You have no insurance, no license and have never actually driven this type of vehicle before. Is that correct?”
“Absolutely, yes.” I replied with enthusiasm.
There was only a moment’s pause before the next statement. “Will that be cash, debit or credit?” the smiling salesperson said.
It wasn’t long until I was driving out of that dealership in my brand new car, a happy and satisfied customer.
Obviously, this doesn’t happen when going to buy a car. Why then does it happen when buying a drone? There is no legal obligation on the retailer’s side to make sure their customer is not only educated, but insured to fly their UAV. A retailer is in business for one thing and one thing only – profit. Move as many units as possible to make as much money possible.
That’s good business.
We believe in better business. We work with many local colleges and universities offering educational UAV courses to get you flying safely and legally. We start you off with the Hubsan X4 to teach you the basics of flight. From there you can purchase a larger unit from us and learn about the more advanced functionality of drones, as well as how Canadian Privacy Law, City Bylaws, and Transport Canada affect you.
The truth is, we won’t actually sell you one of our larger units without taking the course; that’s how strongly we believe in safety.
We hope you agree.