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OMVIC Blog: Car Buying Tips

Understanding the UVIP: 5 Important Things to Remember

Feb 4

Written by: OMVIC Communications
Thursday, February 4, 2021  RssIcon


What to Remember

  1. The VIN: ensure the VIN on the UVIP is the same as the VIN on the car. Both numbers should match. Read our post on vehicle details to learn more.
  2. Branding: there are only two brands that allow you to legally drive a car on the road in Ontario: rebuilt and none. Read our post on vehicle details to learn more about branding.
  3. Owner’s Name: ensure the owner’s name on the UVIP is the same as the seller’s I.D. Read our post on current ownership and vehicle history to learn more.
  4. Odometer Reading: remember, numbers should only go up over time on an odometer, so ensure the number in the UVIP’s section 2 is lower than the number in section 3. If it isn’t, investigate why. Read our post on current ownership and vehicle history to learn more about odometer readings.
  5. Liens: there should not be any liens on the vehicle. If there is one, take steps to ensure it is removed. Read our post on lien information and bill of sale to learn more.

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Next Steps

Buying a car privately can be risky, but the better you understand the UVIP, the safer you will be.

If you have any questions, before you buy a car, email OMVIC’s Consumer Support Services or call 1-800-943-6002. A team member can provide you with information that will help you make a sound decision about your vehicle purchase.


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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