Consumer Line

August 2018

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In This Issue

  • Learn about Mandatory Disclosures!

  • Questions to Ask Before Buying a New Car

  • 'Take a Picture' campaign


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CONSUMER PROTECTION

Mandatory Disclosures – What You Need to Know

Understanding what a dealer is required to tell you about a vehicles past-use, history and condition can help make a vehicle purchase easierThinking about buying a used car? There is so much information out there and paring down what is essential can seem like a daunting task.

Once you have narrowed down your options on budget, brand of vehicle and are ready to start visiting dealerships, understanding what a dealer is required to tell you about a vehicles past-use, history and condition can help make a vehicle purchase easier.

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Car Shopping Mandatory Disclosure in Ontario

Questions to Ask Before Buying a New Car from a Registered Dealer

The new car you’ve seen at the dealership makes your heart pound; your pulse race and the thought of driving it makes you a little giddy. It must be love. You know what they say, first comes love, then comes…car ownership. However, before the dealer can pronounce you ‘car owner and car’, you need to take a step back and ask some serious questions.

Because, let’s face it, buying a new car is a lot like getting married: if you don’t do proper research and ask the right questions you can end up making an expensive mistake you’ll regret for years.

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Questions to Ask Before Buying a New Car from a Registered Dealer

A Picture may be Worth a Thousand Words, but it Can Also Save You Thousands When Buying a Car

Car-buyers have the right to expect Ontario dealers to include all fees and charges the dealer intends to collect, with the exception of HST and licensing (and safety standards certificate if the vehicle is advertised unfit/as-is) in any advertised price. It’s been the law since 2010.

Unfortunately though, research conducted by OMVIC, Ontario’s vehicle sales regulator, has uncovered two significant problems: less than half of Ontario car-buyers know they have a right to all-in pricing; and, many are being overcharged because some dealers continue to add fees on top of their advertised prices.

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Questions Buying Car

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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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