Consumer Line

July 2018

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In This Issue

  • Buying a Car in Ontario? Do your H-O-M-E-W-O-R-K!

  • Don’t ‘Lien’ on me!

  • Five Questions to Ask Before Buying a Used Car


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CONSUMER PROTECTION

Buying a Car in Ontario? Do your H-O-M-E-W-O-R-K

When it comes to buying a vehicle in Ontario, it is important consumers do their homework before purchasing. But what exactly does that entail? We've come up with a h-o-m-e-w-o-r-k mnemonic to help consumers make an informed purchase whether buying from a private seller or an OMVIC-Registered Dealer. So, roll up your sleeves and get ready to do some H-O-M-E-W-O-R-K!

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Buying a Car in Ontario?

Don't 'Lien' on Me!

Warning. This story requires the reader to hum and sing along. Readers may become better educated car-buyers, but, may have a song stuck in their head for a minimum of 12 hours.

Some…times in our lives, we all have pain
We all have sorrow
But, if we are wise
We know that there's, always tomorrow

(Go ahead—sing it out loud. No one on the train is watching ;)

Lean on me, when you're not strong
And I'll be your friend
I'll help you carry on….

"Lean on Me"—the immortal classic by Bill Withers. Ranked 208 on Rolling Stones list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time; it still feels as good today as when it was released 45 years ago. But there are times when you most definitely don’t want to be leaned on; or technically, ‘liened’ on. Like when you trade in a car for a new(er) one.

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Trade in Car in Ontario Lien

Five Questions to Ask Before you Commit to Buying a Used Car

You've found the used car of your dreams at a dealership at a price you can afford. In fact, you’ve been circling the dealership for a few days to check that "The Cruisin' Canary" (the perfect name for your car) hasn't left the lot with the wrong owner.

Today is the day you’ve decided to take the plunge and move towards committing to your four-wheeled partner.

Well, all right then. You can do this. You've got a plan.

You'll saunter in, talk to the dealer, see how The Cruisin' Canary handles on a test drive and take things a step further.

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Questions Buying Car

OMVIC Contact

OMVIC administers and enforces the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act (MVDA) on behalf of the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services. OMVIC maintains a fair and informed vehicle sales marketplace by regulating dealers and salespersons, regularly inspecting Ontario's 8,000 dealerships and 27,000 salespeople, maintaining a complaint line for consumers and conducting investigations and prosecutions of industry misconduct and illegal sales (curbsiding). OMVIC is also responsible for administering the Motor Vehicle Dealers Compensation Fund on behalf of its Board of Trustees.

Consumer Line is OMVIC’s consumer guide to Ontario’s motor vehicle dealer industry. It is published throughout the year, delivered free via e-mail and provides consumers with useful tips, industry news and important, up-to-date information.

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