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Buying a car in ontario?

All-in pricing is the law! If a dealer’s advertisement includes a price for a vehicle, that price must include all fees and charges (except HST and licensing).

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A written contract is your best protection so ensure all promises and conditions are written on the contract before signing (e.g. “xxx to be repaired” or “subject to partner’s approval”).

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By law, dealers are required to provide in writing 22 specific disclosures. They include: collision damage over $3,000, required repairs to major components and the true distance the vehicle has travelled. Ensure all required disclosures are written on the contract before signing.

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In Ontario, there is no cooling-off period for vehicle sales. Carefully read contract, once signed, sale is final.

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If seller’s name and ownership don’t match, turn on your creepometer as you may be dealing with a curbsider.

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UVIP provides information regarding previous owners, historical odometer data and lien information.

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Vehicle history reports often show important information related to reported incidents or collisions.

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A pre-purchase inspection can give peace-of- mind or can save you thousands of dollars and prevent you from buying someone else’s problem. A good mechanic should be able to determine if a vehicle is in good shape or if it requires repairs the seller failed to disclose or is unaware of.

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