What is a Curbsider?
Curbsiders are illegal, unlicensed vehicle dealers. They often pose as private sellers, though some operate from small automotive businesses (repair shops, rental companies, etc.).
Curbsiders not only misrepresent themselves – they often misrepresent the vehicles they sell: many are previous write-offs with undisclosed accident repair or are odometer-tampered.
Learn how to spot the telltale signs of a curbsider.
Buying Privately? Buyer Beware!
ONLY when consumers buy from a registered dealer are they protected by OMVIC and consumer protection legislation.
Because curbsiders are not licensed by OMVIC, consumers who buy from them are deemed to have conducted a private transaction and are therefore not protected by Ontario’s consumer protection laws.
What is the Difference between an OMVIC-Registered Dealer and a Curbsider?
- Bound by the regulations of the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act, OMVIC’s Code of Ethics and other consumer protection legislations
- Operate visibly in the community with a permanent lot and ownership signs
- Possess and display OMVIC registration and/or decal
- Contribute to the Compensation Fund; a consumer protection fund
- Often misrepresent themselves and the vehicles they sell
- Not governed/regulated by OMVIC or consumer protection legislation
- Difficult to track down
- Often conduct business over mobile phone or Internet
- Purchase not covered by the Compensation Fund
Use the Creepometer to help spot the telltale signs of a curbsider.
Click here to report a curbsider.