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Avoid Curbsiders: Illegal, Unlicensed Dealers

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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 repairs or are odometer-tampered.


Why Should Consumers Care About Illegal, Unlicensed Dealers (Curbsiders)?

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.

Should problems arise after the purchase, curbsiders can also be very difficult to track down after the sale.

What is the Difference between an OMVIC-Registered Dealer and a Curbsider?
OMVIC-Registered Dealer Curbsider
  • Bound by the regulations of the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act, OMVIC’s Code of Ethics and other consumer protection legislation

  • Operate visibly in the community with a permanent lot

  • Possess and display OMVIC registration and/or decal

  • Contribute to the Compensation Fund; a consumer protection fund
  • Operate illegally. Not governed/regulated by OMVIC or consumer protection legislation
  • Often misrepresent themselves and the vehicles they sell
  • Difficult to track down after sale
  • Purchase not protected by the Compensation Fund
Signs You May Be Dealing With A Curbsider (Illegal, Unlicensed Dealer):
  • Vehicle is priced below market value
  • Vehicle not registered in seller's name or has only been registered in his/her name for a short period of time
  • Doesn’t provide vehicle history report
  • Refuses vehicle inspection by purchaser’s mechanic
  • Only wants to meet in public
  • Won’t provide a receipt or proof of purchase

Learn how to spot the telltale signs of a curbsider

Report a curbsider: 1-888-NO-CURBS (662-8727) or

OMVIC regularly prosecutes curbsiders. This often results in significant fines or jail time if convicted.

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How To Avoid Illegal Unlicensed Dealers (Curbsiders)


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