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OMVIC Blog: Car Buying Tips

New Resources for Teachers at the OMVIC Academy

Oct 11

Written by: OMVIC Communications
Friday, October 11, 2019  RssIcon

OA Teachers Manual Cover

Ontario’s Vehicle Sales Regulator, OMVIC, has made new car-buying resources available to educators in Ontario. The OMVIC Academy videos, student car-buying guide and teacher’s manual resources are part of a new initiative designed to create informed and confident car buyers. 

Five Video Lessons

Taking style cues from sitcoms of the 80s and 90s, each two-to-three-minute OMVIC Academy video features a recurring cast of likable and relatable characters and provides important car-buying lessons. Viewers follow Ling, Ellen, Justin, and Timmy on their journey to becoming confident car buyers as they are guided by the knowledgeable “Professor OMVIC.”


The five OMVIC Academy videos provide ‘students’ with fun and engaging (and free) resources, that will help ensure they understand:

1. Dealer advertising
2. Vehicle financing and the potential pitfalls of extended-term loans (negative equity)
3. Curbsiders – the illegal, unlicensed dealers who often sell rebuilt wrecks or vehicles with rolled-back odometers
4. The legal protections consumers are granted when purchasing from a registered dealer.
5. How to protect themselves if buying a vehicle privately

(Note: Each video is available with French, Punjabi and Simplified Chinese subtitles.)

The OMVIC Academy car-buying guide—the companion to the videos—offers students tips and seven checklists to ensure a vehicle purchase goes smoothly.The OMVIC Academy teacher’s manual is for instructors who want to ensure their students are as informed and prepared as possible when it’s time to make what can be, an expensive, confusing, even intimidating, purchase.

OA Teachers Manual Page

As  instructors, you put students in the driver’s seat and help them develop their confidence; why not keep them there and build their car-buying confidence with help from Ontario’s vehicle sales regulator and the OMVIC Academy?

OMVIC invites educators to review and use these free resources available on the OMVIC Academy webpage. OMVIC can also provide educators with a USB flash drive with the videos, car-buying guide and teacher’s manual preloaded, by emailing OMVIC Manager of Communications and Education at farah.mohammed@omvic.on.ca.

About OMVIC

As the regulator of motor vehicle sales in Ontario, OMVIC’s mandate is to maintain a fair and informed marketplace by protecting the rights of consumers, enhancing industry professionalism and ensuring fair, honest and open competition for registered motor vehicle dealers. Visit omvic.ca to learn more about your car-buying rights as well as additional tips for buying a car in Ontario. For car buying tips, check out the OMVIC Academy. You can view other resources such as multilingual videos and download the OMVIC car-buying guide.

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