Consumer Line

February 2020

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In This Issue

  • Rolled-back Odometer Fraud

  • Breaking Up with Your Vehicle

  • The Best Way to Get Educated

  • Private Sellers vs Curbsiders

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How to Avoid Rolled-back Odometer Fraud

So, you think you've found a nice used car. No accidents, good price…and only 131,000 kms.

Roxy (not her real name) thought so too. Which is why in early 2019 she contacted the private seller and paid him $5,400 for the car. Unfortunately, the seller turned out to be a curbsider, an illegal, unlicensed dealer posing as a private seller.

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Rolled-back Odometer Fraud

Breaking Up with Your Vehicle

Red roses, chocolate hearts, intimate dinners – it’s the clichéd, yet still wonderfully sentimental view of Valentine’s Day. But not all lovers are so lucky; in fact, Valentine’s Day break ups have become de rigueur, ranking just behind spring break splits and the period “two weeks before” Christmas. WikiHow even has an eight-step guide on “How to Break up With Someone on Valentine’s Day.”

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Breaking Up with Your Vehicle

The Best Way to Get Educated

Consumers don’t have to wait until they buy a car to get in touch with OMVIC. In fact, sometimes the questions aren’t even about buying a car, like this one last week: “Would I be allowed to take the OMVIC Certification Course only for general education purposes?”

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Get Educated

Private Sellers vs Curbsiders

“If I sell a car by myself, or put it on Kijiji, does that make me a curbsider?”

The simple answer is no - selling a car does not automatically make someone a curbsider. Anyone is entitled to sell his or her personal vehicle—that is, a vehicle that was purchased and owned for personal, family or household use.

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Car For Sale

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 30,000 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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