Protect yourself. Read these important car-buying tips before you sign!
So, you think you've found a nice used car. No accidents, good price…and only 131,000 kms.
Roxy (not her real name) thought so too. Which is why in early 2019 she contacted the private seller and paid him $5,400 for the car.
Unfortunately, the seller turned out to be a curbsider, an illegal, unlicensed dealer posing as a private seller, and the car—well, apparently it had discovered the fountain of youth, because it actually had more than 230,000 kms on it.
Curbsiders often sell vehicles that are undisclosed rebuilt wrecks or odometer-tampered,” said John Carmichael, CEO and interim Registrar of OMVIC, Ontario’s vehicle sales regulator. "And we have recently seen a significant uptick in the number of vehicles with rolled-back odometers sold by curbsiders.
Did you know that OMVIC regulates motorcycle sales as well as car, RV and light truck sales?
If you’re considering hugging the curb and embracing clear blue skies this summer, then getting acquainted with your rights as a motorcycle-buyer is a very good start.
Each day, OMVIC staff field calls and emails from car and motorcycle buyers seeking clarity on their rights as a consumer. As a motorcycle-buying consumer, you have certain rights.
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