Protect yourself. Read these important car-buying tips before you sign!
Last week we discussed how to buy a car privately. This week we explain what you should know if you decide to buy from an OMVIC-Registered dealer.
If someone wants to be a dealer or a salesperson in Ontario, they must register with OMVIC. It is the law.
To be eligible for OMVIC registration, dealers and salespeople must undergo background checks. They must pass an automotive law and ethics course covering the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act and the Consumer Protection Act. Georgian College offers courses to help prospective dealers get their license.
Does that mean every Ontario business trading in vehicles is registered with OMVIC?
No. It pays to check.
From time to time, we feature a consumer question on the OMVIC blog, like this one, “If I sell a car by myself, or put it on Kijiji, does that make me a curbsider?
The simple answer is no—selling a car does not automatically make someone a curbsider. Anyone is entitled to sell his or her personal vehicle—that is, a vehicle that was purchased and owned for personal, family or household use. Curbsiders are in the business of selling cars. While they usually pose as private sellers, they buy cars, not for personal use, but to resell.
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