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OMVIC Blog: Car Buying Tips

By OMVIC Communications on Monday, May 16, 2022

Car for saleThe Motor Vehicle Dealers Compensation Fund is a consumer protection program financed by Ontario's registered motor vehicle dealers. The fund allows car-buyers, who have purchased from OMVIC-registered dealers and who meet the eligibility criteria, to receive financial assistance if something goes wrong with a vehicle purchase or lease agreement.

Since its creation on July 1, 1986, the fund has paid out over $6 million in compensation to consumers and offers enhanced protection for vehicle buyers in Ontario.

 

By OMVIC Communications on Tuesday, April 5, 2022

The safer way to buyBuying from a registered dealer provides you with some consumer protection and is the safer way to purchase or lease a motor vehicle. Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council (OMVIC)-registered dealers are licensed individuals who must abide by industry professionalism standards. By law, they must undergo background checks and successfully pass an automotive law and ethics certification in order to be registered. So, if you’re looking to buy or lease a vehicle, purchase from an OMVIC-registered dealer to ensure you get what you paid for.

 

By OMVIC Communications on Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Car for saleMarch marks national Fraud Protection Month, so here are tips on how to identify and protect yourself from curbsiders when buying a car.

Curbsiders are illegal, unlicensed dealers who pose as private sellers. Two signs that you are dealing with a curbsider include a rolled back odometer or previous write-offs with undisclosed accident repairs.

 

By OMVIC Communications on Tuesday, February 8, 2022

The price of any new or used vehicle advertised by a dealer must include all fees and charges, excluding HST and licensing. This is called all-in price advertising and it is one of the consumer rights provided to Ontario car-buyers under the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act (MVDA). For car buyers, this means that there are no hidden or additional costs that you may not be aware of. Here are some possible risks and how to protect yourself as a consumer.

 

By OMVIC Communications on Tuesday, January 18, 2022
When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, one of the most popular is to create and stick to a realistic personal budget to help with important things like paying down debt or saving up for a house, a vacation, or even a new car.

 

By OMVIC Communications on Tuesday, January 18, 2022

When purchasing a new or used vehicle, it’s important for consumers to identify how they'll finance the purchase. Buying a car is the second most important purchase most consumers make next to buying a home, so protecting your finances and understanding the risks related to vehicle financing are key to ensure a smooth purchase.

Before signing on the dotted line for a vehicle, carefully consider the interest rates and financing options offered and take steps to ensure you get the best possible finance rate and terms. Remember there is no cooling-off period in Ontario so once you sign a contract you are committed to the purchase. Here are some possible risks and how to protect yourself as a consumer.

 

By OMVIC Communications on Monday, November 22, 2021

Getting a vehicle loan may seem like a simple way to make buying a car more attainable. However, consumers must do their research before taking on a long-term loan to avoid negative equity and protect their personal finances.

 

By OMVIC Communications on Monday, November 22, 2021

In Ontario there is no cooling-off period when it comes to buying or leasing a car. Although consumers in the province are permitted a cooling-off period when they sign contracts for certain purchases outlined in the Consumer Protection Act - like a newly built condo or a gym membership, vehicle purchases are final upon signature. Once you sign a vehicle contract, that deal is final and legally binding, unless the dealer has failed to make certain specified disclosures.

Signing on the dotted line for a new vehicle can be intimidating, and the last thing you want to do is waste your hard-earned money on a car that doesn’t meet your needs. Consumers shouldn’t sign a purchase or lease agreement unless they’re sure all terms and conditions are correctly disclosed on the contract.

 

By OMVIC Communications on Monday, November 22, 2021

Rolling back a vehicle’s odometer to display a lower mileage than it has travelled is known as “odometer fraud”. It may be done to increase the sale price of a used car and this issue is often problematic in vehicles sold by dishonest private sellers and illegal, unlicensed vehicle dealers, referred to as curbsiders.

Identifying a vehicle with a rolled-back odometer can be difficult, however, there are steps consumers can take to help spot an odometer that has been tampered with.

 

By OMVIC Communications on Monday, November 22, 2021
The car-buying process can be stressful, but the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council offers helpful resources, consumer protection and a compensation fund

 

By OMVIC Communications on Monday, November 22, 2021
Many Ontarians purchase cars from private owners, but “buyer beware”., avoiding Avoiding dealerships can sometimes lead to headaches, unexpected repair bills, unusable vehicles or worse. Private sales can present opportunities for sellers to take advantage of consumers, often by selling vehicles and misrepresenting their car’s history and condition. The Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council (OMVIC) can help you get the information you need before you buy privately to protect yourself.

 

By OMVIC Communications on Wednesday, October 20, 2021

For many first-time car-buyers, a used vehicle is often their first entry into the market. However, when buying used, it’s important to understand what a dealer must disclose to you on a bill of sale to protect yourself throughout the car-buying process.

The mandatory disclosure requirement is one of the key pillars of protection offered to Ontario consumers who purchase from an OMVIC-registered dealer and is enforced by OMVIC to keep consumers safe. In fact, in June 2021 OMVIC denied a Toronto man named Sai Lu’s re-entry into the motor vehicle sales profession after he ran an illegal, unlicensed side business buying salvaged cars and falsely disclosing their history. Lu leased them to unsuspecting Uber and Lyft drivers...

 

By OMVIC Communications on Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Getting a vehicle loan may seem like a simple way to make buying a car more attainable. However, consumers must do their research before taking on a long-term loan to avoid negative equity and protect their personal finances.

What is negative equity? ...

 

By OMVIC Communications on Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Toronto, ON, Aug. 24, 2021 – A new consumer rights campaign from the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council (OMVIC) is targeting consumers with a focus on millennials buying their first car – a particularly vulnerable group of consumers who have lower awareness of their car-buying rights.
Under the tagline “OMVIC.CA – it’s your free ride to a new ride,” the campaign intends to fill this knowledge gap by reaching millennials on platforms they frequent, like streaming services, social media, and connected television...

 

By OMVIC Communications on Thursday, August 5, 2021

A pair of young adults were arrested in early July after trying to buy cars with a fake driver’s licence at two Niagara-area dealerships. 

Niagara Regional Police nabbed the two over the weekend of July 10, 2021, after staff at a Welland dealership recognized them from a previous police-issued alert to dealerships. The pair had filled in a car-buying application using the bogus ID. 

The dealership called police and told them the sale would not go through. However, they showed up anyway to try and pick up the car. Police were waiting at the showroom and arrested both when they arrived. The two had targeted another dealership in Niagara Falls with the same scheme... 

 

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