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OMVIC Blog: Car Buying Tips

Author: OMVIC Communications Created: Friday, August 14, 2015 RssIcon
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By OMVIC Communications on Friday, April 24, 2020

AboutOMVIC

As Ontario's vehicle sales regulator, OMVIC provides consumer protection to Ontario’s car buyers and enhances industry professionalism among registrants. But let's dig a little deeper and find out the who, what, where, when and why of OMVIC.

Who is OMVIC?

OMVIC (Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council) is Ontario’s vehicle sales regulator. With a mandate to protect consumers, OMVIC’s office and field staff administers and enforces the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act and other consumer protection statutes on behalf of the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services.

 

By OMVIC Communications on Friday, April 17, 2020

QUESTION

As the current health crisis continues to evolve, some consumers have reached out to us with questions on navigating the changing marketplace. We’re featuring two questions related to COVID-19 on this week’s blog. 

I purchased a car on Friday from a relative and now I’m wondering how I would go about registering the car and paying taxes during the pandemic. 


Private sales still need to be completed through Service Ontario. They have a list of locations on their website indicating which ones are open. 
OMVIC has a lot of great resources including checklists, videos and tips for anyone interested in buying a car privately. Visit Tips for Buying Privately to learn more.

 

By OMVIC Communications on Tuesday, April 14, 2020

COVID

Pandemic or not, life happens.

Normally, when a consumer wants to buy a car, Ontario’s Vehicle Sales Regulator, OMVIC ‘s recommendation would be that they make an informed choice, whether that is buying privately or buying from a registered dealer. Should consumers opt to go the private sales route, they should know that they are forgoing the consumer protections available to them when they buy from a registered dealer.

But, on April 4, in response to preventing the spread of COVID-19, the Ontario government reduced the list of essential workplaces that can remain open. As a result, motor vehicle dealers’ showrooms across the province were ordered to close until further notice. Though many dealers in Ontario are able to sell vehicles online, not all dealers have the capability and resources at this time to do so.

 

By OMVIC Communications on Friday, April 3, 2020

Take Picture

COVID-19 has changed life for all of us, staying in is the new normal and much of our contact is virtual. For car-buyers, this means researching, and potentially completing the entire vehicle-purchase process,  online or remotely. Because this trend is growing in popularity, OMVIC has added resources to its website so that car-buyers can be informed and protected.


By OMVIC Communications on Tuesday, March 24, 2020

 4/14/2020COVID

Message from John Carmichael, OMVIC CEO and Registrar

COVID-19 is an unprecedented crisis for our stakeholders– dealers, salespeople and consumers – and for Ontarians and the world. OMVIC is committed to the health and safety of its staff and its stakeholders. OMVIC will continue to operate from remote sites and work with its stakeholders in these challenging times. While some service levels have been impacted, OMVIC remains committed to maintaining a fair and informed marketplace by protecting the rights of consumers and ensuring fair, honest and open competition for registered motor vehicle dealers during these challenging times.

The impact of COVID-19 will require all of us to adapt and have flexibility with what lies ahead. I have no doubt that we will be successful in facing these challenges.


By OMVIC Communications on Friday, March 20, 2020

Thaya (1)

When Thaya Gengatharan, OMVIC’s Director of Registration, received a detailed questionnaire from the Women & Automotive Leadership Forum some weeks ago, she assumed it was some sort of feedback survey.

She filled it in and then forgot all about it.

It wasn’t until people dropped by her offices to congratulate her that Gengatharan realized she was one of the recipients the 2020 Women & Automotive Leadership Award.

Each year, Cherokee Media, publisher of the AutoRemarketing Canada magazine, selects and honours accomplished women who work in the Canadian automotive sector and are leaders.

 

By OMVIC Communications on Thursday, March 12, 2020

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An Oakville dealership and four of its staff were fined a total of $21,500 for breaching the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act (MVDA) Code of Ethics.
Oakville Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Ltd., Reg Nimeck, Gordon Nimeck, Andrew De Clavasio and Camillio Comparone were disciplined by OMVIC, Ontario’s vehicle sales regulator, for failing to comply with Ontario’s all-in price advertising regulation.


 

By OMVIC Communications on Friday, March 6, 2020

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A Toronto General Motors (GM) dealership, Dean Myers Chevrolet Ltd., and 1125278 Ontario Limited, o/a Dealerwerx Leasing, both located at 3180 Dufferin St., North York, have currently closed their doors after the appointment of a receiver, Deloitte Restructuring Inc. (Deloitte), by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. The application for appointing a receiver was made by the Royal Bank of Canada.

 

By OMVIC Communications on Friday, February 28, 2020

HOME WORK

When it comes to buying a vehicle in Ontario, it is crucial consumers do their research before making a purchase. Whether buying from a private seller or an OMVIC-Registered Dealer, homework will help prepare consumers to buy a car.

 



 

By OMVIC Communications on Monday, February 24, 2020

OMVICMailbag

From time to time, we feature a consumer question on the OMVIC blog, like this one, “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. Curbsiders are in the business of selling cars. While they usually pose as private sellers, they buy cars, not for personal use, but to resell.



 

By OMVIC Communications on Friday, February 14, 2020

breakingup

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.”

It happens; not all relationships are built to last. Our love wanes. We grow bored. New models tempt us with exciting features, better handling, firmer suspensions; it’s irresistible. Yes, there’s nothing quite like the stimulating, even obsessive, love affair…with a new car. But how do you “break up” with your old ride?

 

By OMVIC Communications on Thursday, February 6, 2020

carforsale

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, and the car—well, apparently it had discovered the fountain of youth, because it actually had more than 230,000 kms on it. 

Curbsiders often sell vehicles that are undisclosed rebuilt wrecks or odometer-tampered,” said John Carmichael, CEO and interim Registrar of OMVIC, Ontario’s vehicle sales regulator.  "And we have recently seen a significant uptick in the number of vehicles with rolled-back odometers sold by curbsiders.




 

By OMVIC Communications on Monday, February 3, 2020

OMVICMailbag

Consumers with car-buying or OMVIC related questions are encouraged to reach out to OMVIC’s Complaints and Inquiries team via email (consumers@omvic.on.ca) or phone 1-800-943-6002 ext.3942. However, consumers don’t have to wait until they buy a car to get in touch. 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?”


 

By OMVIC Communications on Friday, January 24, 2020

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Falsifying documents and failing to disclose significant accident histories of vehicles sold has resulted in a Newmarket car dealer having his licence suspended for 120 days. 


Ontario’s Vehicle Sales Regulator, OMVIC, issued a Proposal to Revoke the registration of Premium Cars Wholesale Ltd., 17065 Yonge St., Newmarket, after receiving serious complaints from numerous consumers and one dealer. Premium appealed the proposal to the Licence Appeal Tribunal, LAT, which, after a ten-day hearing, ordered the suspension.

 

By OMVIC Communications on Friday, January 17, 2020

car dealer

Everybody has their own list of concerns when it comes to buying a car. These concerns can be as specific as whether the car colour comes in a matte or, if you’re buying used, how many owners the vehicle has had. OMVIC suggests you start a conversation with the dealer to determine whether the vehicle you’re interested in will be a worthy investment.

 

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