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OMVIC Blog: Car Buying Tips

Fraud Prevention Month - Beware of Curbsiders

Mar 7

Written by: OMVIC Communications
Thursday, March 7, 2019  RssIcon

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March is Fraud Prevention Month, as such OMVIC is reminding consumers to beware of curbsiders; illegal unlicensed dealers who often pose as private sellers. Some operate from small automotive businesses (repair shops, rental companies, etc.). Others spend their time behind a computer screen, lying in wait in online marketplaces, ready to pounce on unsuspecting consumers. In fact, 25% of online private vehicle sale ads are 'actually' placed by curbsiders.


Curbsiders not only misrepresent themselves - they often misrepresent the vehicles they sell: many are previous write-offs with undisclosed accident repairs or are odometer-tampered. So, how can a consumer spot a curbsider?


How to Spot a Curbsider: 8 Signs


OMVIC has put together a list of eight signs, to help consumers determine if they are dealing with a curbsider:

  1. The seller has multiple vehicles for sale.
  2. The vehicle is priced below market value.
  3. The vehicle is not registered in the seller's name OR has only been registered in the seller's name for a short period of time.
  4. The seller doesn't provide a Used Vehicle Information Package (UVIP) or discourages the purchase of a history report (Carfax.ca).
  5. The 'private' seller appears to operate from a business.
  6. The 'private' seller is using a yellow service licence plate (or white/red dealer plate) to drive the vehicle.
  7. The seller discourages a mechanical inspection.
  8. The seller won't provide a receipt or proof of purchase/contract.

Are You Protected?


Only when you buy from a registered dealer do you benefit from consumer protection. If you buy privately or from a curbsider and encounter problems, OMVIC cannot assist. To check if a business is registered visit OMVIC.ca.


About OMVIC


An educated and informed consumer is a protected consumer. Visit OMVIC.ca to learn more about your car-buying rights and when they apply, as well as additional tips for buying a car in Ontario.

 

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