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OMVIC Blog: Car Buying Tips

Author: OMVIC Communications Created: Friday, August 14, 2015 RssIcon
OMVIC Blog
By OMVIC Communications on Friday, November 20, 2020

Trade-In

For the last week of Financial Literacy Month, we’re continuing our discussion on vehicle financing with experts from the Automobile Protection Agency (APA).  We’re looking at two issues: long-term loans and financing a vehicle if you buy a car privately.


By OMVIC Communications on Friday, November 20, 2020

Trade-In

As Financial Literacy Month wraps up, let’s look at one of the most important steps in buying a car: getting vehicle financing. You've identified the vehicle you want, you've asked all the right questions, you understand how to read a contract: now you need to figure out the best way to pay for your vehicle.

We contacted two experts on vehicle financing, George Iny and John Raymond from the Automobile Protection Agency (APA) to answer some common questions car buyers have.


By OMVIC Communications on Friday, November 13, 2020

BUDGET

It’s Financial Literacy Month! And while Financial Literacy Month in November is always important, this year’s theme of financial literacy in uncertain times really hits home.

If ever there was a time to get smarter about money, it’s now!

Let's kick off the discussion with how to budget for the vehicle you want to buy. Typically, the biggest expense when buying a car is the car itself, but what other expenses should you consider? There are gas and parking of course, but let's look at the additional costs, so you don’t get blindsided later on!


By OMVIC Communications on Friday, November 13, 2020

Trade-In

The second post in our ongoing Financial Literacy Series for Financial Literacy Month is about negative equity. We answer what you can do to protect yourself against it, how to identify it, and what comes next.

What is Negative Equity in a Car Loan?

The answer to this question is very succinct: Negative equity means owing more for a car than what it’s worth. How you get into negative equity is more complex.

How to Get into Negative Equity

Let's say you decide to buy a car you really like. If you take out a three-year loan, the monthly payments will be very high. If you take out an extended-term loan lasting between six and nine years, the monthly payments become more affordable. However, by the time you pay off your loan, your car’s value will depreciate significantly. If you plan to keep your vehicle for a long time, depreciation may not be a problem. Over time, your needs may change since you made your purchase. You may want to trade it in for another car before you’ve finished paying off the loan, resulting in heavy additional costs. Let’s take a closer look.


By OMVIC Communications on Thursday, October 29, 2020

Trade-In

In our final Understanding Contract series, we’ll finish by reviewing two final sections.

Trade-In Description

This section should be filled out if you are trading in a vehicle. It will include your vehicle’s details (e.g. VIN, mileage), the amount the dealer is paying for your old vehicle, and information about any outstanding loan balances.

The Acceptance of Terms

This is the shortest section of a contract, but arguably, the most important. Both you and the dealer will sign here meaning you are legally agreeing to purchase the vehicle based on the contract’s terms.

 


By OMVIC Communications on Friday, October 23, 2020

Purchase Price

In the Purchase Price and Payment section of a contract, you can expect to find itemized fees like freight and air conditioning (if you are purchasing a new vehicle), administration (if the dealer charges one) and the OMVIC fee. This is also where you should see your old vehicle's value if you are trading it in.  The terms below are meant to provide a general overview of car contract terminology – the corresponding prices are examples only.  Note: not all terms listed here may be on your contract. Contracts vary depending on whether you’re buying a used or new vehicle.

By OMVIC Communications on Friday, October 23, 2020

contract

The next section we’ll review is the Basic Vehicle and Options Section. Though short, this is where you will find Optional Extras such as trim packages or other upgrades that might include leather upholstery, heated seats or audio systems. Ensure when you read the contract all additional features you requested on your vehicle are listed.


By OMVIC Communications on Friday, October 9, 2020

Vehicle Description

Vehicle purchase agreements or contracts can be confusing. To help you feel more confident, we will look at each contract section and explain the terms, so you can better understand the document you may agree to sign.

This week, we will focus on the Vehicle Description Section, typically found at the top of a car contract. In the graphic below, each term is numbered so it corresponds with the numbered definition below.

By OMVIC Communications on Friday, October 2, 2020

news release iconSome 38 per cent of used car-buyers and 46 per cent new-car consumers polled by Ontario’s Vehicle Sales Regulator (OMVIC) said they did not test drive the vehicle before purchase because they were unsure whether vehicle dealerships in the province would have necessary health and safety protocols in place. A salesperson was present in the vehicle for only 16 per cent of test drives.


In August, OMVIC asked the Automobile Protection Association (APA), an independent organization offering car-related resources for consumers, to survey consumers who purchased a vehicle during the pandemic. 
By OMVIC Communications on Friday, September 25, 2020

confusion

A car buyer contacted OMVIC’s Complaints and Inquiries team to ask about the OMVIC Fee. Can he opt out of the charge? 

Colin: "I bought a new car from an OMVIC-Registered Dealer last week. She charged me $10 for something called the OMVIC Fee. What is it? Could I have not paid it?" 
By OMVIC Communications on Monday, September 21, 2020

confusion

Recently a consumer named David wrote in to ask,  “I was planning to buy a used car, but my financing didn’t get approved, can I get my deposit back?"
There are two different financing situations that can affect whether or not David can get his money back.

By OMVIC Communications on Friday, September 11, 2020

key

A consumer contacted OMVIC's Complaints and Inquiries team to ask about all-in price advertising and dealer fees.


I recently purchased a used vehicle from an OMVIC-Registered Dealer and he charged me an administrative fee of $199. I questioned this and the dealer said it was a normal charge. I thought dealers couldn’t add fees. Doesn't this violate all-in-price advertising?


By OMVIC Communications on Friday, September 4, 2020

key

How has COVID-19 changed test drives? Is a deposit required?

This week, OMVIC’s Complaints and Enquiries team answer consumer questions about test drives.

Note: COVID-19 has changed test drives at many dealerships. If going to the dealership for a test drive makes you uncomfortable, research the alternatives.



By OMVIC Communications on Friday, August 28, 2020

car trouble

Thanks to technology, driver assistance has grown by leaps and bounds. It keeps us safe, helps us park, saves fuel and even lowers emissions. But what happens when smart technology backfires? Who do you call? Who can help?

The following question from a consumer illustrates what can go wrong when a car has a defect and the dealership can’t fix it and the consumer doesn’t know where to turn. 


By OMVIC Communications on Friday, August 28, 2020

consumer survey

COVID-19 has altered how many of us get from A to B. With fewer people taking public transit, more people are looking to buy cars, but the purchasing process has changed.

In early April, dealerships were closed due to the pandemic. In May they reopened, but with strict public health guidelines, which altered the car-buying experience not just for dealers, but also for consumers.

If you’ve bought a vehicle in the past five months, OMVIC and consumer watchdog group—the  Automobile Protection Association (APA) — wants  you to take a short survey about buying a car during the pandemic.

If you complete it, you could win a prize!

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