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OMVIC Blog: Car Buying Tips

A Special Weekend for Car Lovers!

Sep 28

Written by: OMVIC Communications
Friday, September 28, 2018  RssIcon

All-in pricing—it’s your right

Get your car-buying questions answered this Saturday at the Canadian Automotive Museum. OMVIC staff will be on hand at the museum in Oshawa, to help celebrate “Doors Open".


Learn about all-in price advertising, the dangers posed by curbsiders or discussthe protections available to consumers who buy from an OMVIC-Registered Dealer.


  • What: FREE admission to the museum – part of “Doors Open”, Oshawa
  • Where: Canadian Automotive Museum, 99 Simcoe Street South, Oshawa
  • When: Saturday, September 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For directions and accessibility information, click here

  • For those unable to attend, why not put your car buying knowledge to the test with our short quiz:


    What’s Your Car Buying IQ?

    If a dealer’s advertisement incudes a price for a car, you should know:

    1. a. There is likely to be additional fees or charges that aren’t included in the advertised price
    2. b. The advertised price must be all-in and the dealer can only add HST and licensing (or the cost of additional products or services you’ve asked for)
    3. c. There are no rules around dealer advertising; it’s buyer beware!

    The answer is “b”—the advertised price must be all-in and the dealer can only add HST and licensing. All-in pricing is the law! If an OMVIC-Registered Dealer advertises a price for a vehicle (new or used), the motor vehicle dealers act (MVDA) requires that the price include ALL fees and charges the dealer intends to collect. HST and licensing do not have to be included in the price if the advertisement clearly and prominently indicates they are not included.


    What should a consumer do if a dealer tries to add charges in excess of the advertised price?

    WALK AWAY, shop elsewhere and report the offending dealer to OMVIC. It is important to note that OMVIC does NOT regulate vehicle manufacturers; therefore advertisements placed by manufacturers do not have to comply with the all-in pricing provision. That said, some manufacturers voluntarily comply with the all-in pricing provision and commendably provide transparency to consumers.


    To take the whole quiz, click here.

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