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OMVIC Blog: Car Buying Tips

Car-buying Tips for the Holidays

Dec 22

Written by: OMVIC Communications
Thursday, December 22, 2016  RssIcon

 Car sale

Planning to deck the driveway with a new ride during the holiday season? Thinking about taking advantage of the flurry of Boxing Day promotions? OMVIC would like to gift you with some key holiday car-buying tips.

Thoroughly Review Advertisements

With holiday and boxing week sales in full swing, if you’re planning to purchase a vehicle and you come across a promotion that interests you, remember, all-in price advertising is the law for Ontario dealers – so keep a copy of the ad.

All in price advertising dog

 

And while buying from an OMVIC-Registered Dealer is absolutely the safest way to acquire a vehicle, OMVIC offers these tips to help ensure your purchase is problem-free:

  • Ensure the salesperson understands your needs. Not being listened to? Shop elsewhere.
  • Take a thorough test drive – not just a quick drive around the block.
  • Only pay for optional products or services you want and believe have value.
  • Buying a used vehicle? Ask for a history report and consider a pre-purchase inspection by a mechanic, especially if the vehicle is out of warranty. 
  • Get all conditions in writing (e.g. repairs to be conducted, subject to partner’s approval).
  • Get all promises in writing.
  • Carefully read the contract (and loan agreement) – there is NO cooling-off period once the contract is signed.

Tips for buying from dealer


Remember, Ontario’s consumer protection laws only apply when you buy a vehicle from an OMVIC-Registered Dealer. If something goes wrong with a private purchase, you’re on your own with little recourse (other than to sue civilly).

Make your next vehicle purchase a merry one; get educated, know your rights and ask the right questions. For more car-buying advice, visit omvic.ca


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