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OMVIC Blog: Car Buying Tips

By OMVIC Communications on Tuesday, April 4, 2017
A Stittsville man has been convicted of curbsiding (acting as a motor vehicle dealer without registration) under the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act (MVDA). OMVIC conducted an extensive investigation into the illegal vehicle sales of Soidan (Danny) Ismail (also “Ismal”). The investigation led to 29 MVDA curbsiding charges and an additional 30 charges under the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) for making false, misleading and deceptive representations regarding the history and condition of vehicles sold. Ismail was convicted on 19 of the charges and fined $40,000.


By OMVIC Communications on Friday, August 26, 2016

Ontario’s vehicle sales regulator, OMVIC, advises consumers and dealers that Club Autohaus Inc. located at 14 Stafford Drive, Brampton is no longer registered to buy, sell or lease vehicles.



By OMVIC Communications on Friday, August 19, 2016
car question Are cooling-off periods (i.e. an opportunity to cancel a contract and get back your money) the law in Ontario or simply urban myths? Test your consumer rights knowledge.


By OMVIC Communications on Thursday, August 11, 2016
Many people want to sell their car but don’t want the hassle of posting a private ad or taking strangers for a test drive. It can be time-consuming and frustrating. For some, the answer is consignment: giving the vehicle to a dealer to sell but retaining ownership until the sale takes place. Consignment sales are especially common with unique vehicles such as motorhomes or classic cars.

By OMVIC Communications on Friday, August 5, 2016

Importfest 1Looking for something to do this weekend? Be sure to stop by the OMVIC booth at IMPORTFEST!  Learn more about your car-buying rights and have your questions answered by OMVIC staff!



By OMVIC Communications on Friday, July 29, 2016
quiz pic Think you’re a pretty savvy car buyer? Understand dealer advertising? Let’s check; and find out if your consumer smarts are stuck in the first gear or set on cruise control.

By OMVIC Communications on Friday, July 22, 2016
Heading off to college or university and looking for a cheap set of wheels? If you're searching in the private automotive jungle remember, consumer protection laws in Ontario  don't apply to private vehicle purchases. Should something go wrong with a private car purchase, consumers are basically on their own with little recourse other than the court system.


By OMVIC Communications on Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Be sure to stop by the OMVIC booth at the Toronto Honda Indy this weekend, July 15th to 17th. Have your questions answered by OMVIC staff and learn about your rights when you purchase a vehicle from an OMVIC-Registered Dealer, in Ontario.

By OMVIC Communications on Thursday, June 30, 2016

Lease agreement In Ontario, there is no cooling-off period when purchasing a vehicle from an OMVIC-Registered dealer – all sales are final. Before you sign the contract, it is important to do your research and determine if leasing is right for you.



By OMVIC Communications on Friday, June 24, 2016

As is Car AdAlthough changes to the safety inspection standards have been implemented, “as is” disclosure obligations remain unaltered. As such, “as is” disclosures must still be made on both contracts and advertisements.  In addition, dealers are still responsible to make all mandatory disclosures about the history and condition of the vehicle, in writing, even if the vehicle is being sold “as is.”



By OMVIC Communications on Friday, June 17, 2016

#DYK Since its creation on July 1, 1986, the Motor Vehicle Dealers Compensation Fund has paid out over 5 million in compensation to consumers. As the oldest and largest fund of its kind in Canada, the Compensation Fund offers the best protection for vehicle buyers in Ontario. Happy 30th Birthday to the Compensation Fund!



By OMVIC Communications on Friday, June 10, 2016

OMVIC (Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council) is Ontario’s vehicle sales regulator. With a mandate to protect consumers OMVIC enforces the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act and other consumer protection statutes on behalf of the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services.



By OMVIC Communications on Thursday, June 2, 2016

georgian intro banner Thinking about buying a car? Want to see the newest models in a unique no-selling, no-pressure environment? Then plan a trip to Barrie this weekend!

Georgian College Auto Show – June 3–5

This weekend, June 3–5, North America’s largest outdoor auto show is being held in Ontario. The Georgian College Auto Show is 100% student run and it’s taking place at the college’s Barrie campus.


By OMVIC Communications on Friday, May 27, 2016

All-in price advertising is the law; a law meant to provide transparency to consumers and to create a fair and level playing field for dealers. Through past bulletins we’ve learned that if a dealer advertises a price for a vehicle (new or used), that price MUST include all fees and charges the dealer intends to collect.

But what are the other ‘advertising’ rules consumers should be aware of to stay protected?

By OMVIC Communications on Friday, May 20, 2016

Thaya looking under hood Considering the information available, today’s informed consumers should have more confidence (and less anxiety) than ever before when buying a car. But that’s the rub; consumers have to do their part too. They need to research; ask questions; know when they’re protected (and when they’re not); and accept some of the responsibility for protecting themselves. An educated consumer is a protected consumer.



By OMVIC Communications on Friday, May 13, 2016

Blog post 38 display manu ads All-in price advertising is the law in Ontario; a law meant to provide transparency to consumers and create a fair and level playing field for car dealers. Through OMVIC’s on-going consumer awareness efforts, the public is becoming more informed of the all-in pricing rules when purchasing a car from an OMVIC-Registered Dealer — but there is still some confusion…


By OMVIC Communications on Friday, May 6, 2016
Blog 37 image 1All-in pricing is the law! If an OMVIC-Registered Dealer advertises a price for a vehicle (new or used), the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act (MVDA) requires that the price include ALL fees and charges the dealer intends to collect.

By OMVIC Communications on Friday, April 29, 2016

Safety Recalls 4With millions of vehicles recalled, many for serious safety issues, it’s vitally important owners take steps to ensure they’re aware if a vehicle they own, or are thinking of purchasing, is the subject of a recall and to have recalled vehicles repaired/serviced.



By OMVIC Communications on Thursday, April 14, 2016

Remember Mehran Amini, the curbsider who was sentenced to 450 days in prison in January 2016 for selling vehicles with rolled-back odometers? He was sentenced to an additional 300 days in prison after being found guilty on his last set of charges. That’s 750 days in total – this is the longest ever jail sentence handed out for illegal car sales in Ontario! Read more…



By OMVIC Communications on Friday, April 8, 2016

Did you know that when you buy a car from an Ontario-registered dealer, there is no “cooling off” period? Once you sign a contract, sales are FINAL. So, before you sign the dotted line, it’s important to be certain that you have explored all options and are confident in your purchase—a car is a big Investment!



By OMVIC Communications on Friday, March 25, 2016
All in Pricing OMVICDid you know that all-in price advertising is the law? If you answered NO , you probably need to sharpen your car-buying knowledge before signing any contracts or paying any deposits. An educated consumer is a protected consumer - OMVIC offers FREE car buying seminars. Read more to learn about all-in price advertising and how you can book a FREE car buying seminar today!


By OMVIC Communications on Thursday, March 17, 2016

The 2016 Ottawa-Gatineau International Auto Show March 17th to 20th


Looking for something to do in the Ottawa-Gatineau area this March Break? Be sure to stop by the OMVIC booth (Level 2, Room 202) at the 2016 Ottawa-Gatineau International Auto Show. Have your questions answered by OMVIC staff and test your car buying IQ!



By OMVIC Communications on Thursday, March 10, 2016

Bought a new car? Can’t wait to take delivery? When the big time comes, don’t let excitement take over completely – there are still important steps to take to ensure your purchase goes smoothly.



By OMVIC Communications on Friday, February 26, 2016
Did you know that protections granted to consumers under the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) cannot be nullified in a contract? Ontario’s CPA is THE LAW. Read more to learn about the protections available to consumers under the CPA if a dealer commits an unfair business practice.

By OMVIC Communications on Thursday, February 11, 2016

OMVIC Booth at 2016 International AutoShowThe #CIAS2016  February 12th to 21st

Be sure to stop by the OMVIC booth P231, level 800 at the 2016 Canadian International AutoShow. Have your questions answered by OMVIC staff and maybe have some car buying myths busted!  



By OMVIC Communications on Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Like cars, not all relationships are built to last. Our love wanes. We grow bored. New models tempt us with exciting features, better handling, firmer suspensions; it’s irresistible. Yes, there’s nothing quite like the stimulating, even obsessive, love affair…with a new car. But how do you “break up” with your old ride? There’s generally three ways to go about it.

By OMVIC Communications on Friday, February 5, 2016

Service Animals Allowed“No Pets Allowed” — Consumers and retailers alike are accustomed to this “rule” when entering a retail place of business.

But, did you know that in Ontario all organizations that provide goods and services to the public are legally required to allow people with disabilities to be accompanied by a “service animal”? Read more to learn why.


By OMVIC Communications on Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Ontario Superior Court of JusticeThe Ontario Superior Court of Justice has overturned a decision of the Licence Appeal Tribunal (LAT) that ordered the provincial vehicle sales regulator, OMVIC, to grant a licence to a man convicted of firebombing New York State government offices.


By OMVIC Communications on Friday, January 22, 2016

Curbsider in JailMehran Amini was sentenced to 450 days incarceration after being found guilty on two counts of curbsiding (acting as a dealer without registration) contrary to the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act and one count of engaging in an unfair business practice (related to odometer tampering) in contravention of the Consumer Protection Act. “This is the longest sentence handed out in Ontario for illegal vehicle sales,” explained Michael Rothe, Director of Legal Services for OMVIC, Ontario’s vehicle sales regulator.


By OMVIC Communications on Friday, January 15, 2016

OMVIC Compensation Fund Protects YouOne of the key protections available to consumers who purchase from an OMVIC-Registered Dealer is having access to the Motor Vehicle Dealers Compensation Fund (The Fund). Established in 1986, the Compensation Fund is celebrating 30 years of protecting Ontario consumers.


By OMVIC Communications on Thursday, December 31, 2015
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Did you know that OMVIC offers translation services to both consumers and dealers? Non-English speakers can clearly communicate any questions or concerns they may have to OMVIC staff.

Available in more than 150 languages, OMVIC’s translation service is provided at no cost to the caller! 

By OMVIC Communications on Thursday, December 17, 2015

When buying a car from an OMVIC-Registered Dealer or privately, it’s important to protect yourself. One of the key steps before you decide to purchase is to take the vehicle on a thorough test drive. Don’t just take it around the block. 


By OMVIC Communications on Friday, December 11, 2015
Leasing VehicleIn Ontario, there is no cooling-off period when purchasing a vehicle from an OMVIC-Registered dealer – all sales are final. So it’s important … before you sign the contract … do your research and determine if leasing is right for you.

By OMVIC Communications on Friday, November 27, 2015

Holiday Shopping with Credit Card It’s Financial Literacy Month! Interested in buying a new or used car? As November comes to an end and the holiday shopping season intensifies, it’s important that consumers are aware of the dangers of “…Being a Monthly Payment Junkie.”  Read more to learn about negative equity. #FLM2015 

By OMVIC Communications on Friday, November 13, 2015
Manufacturer AdvertisementsAll-in price advertising is the law; a law meant to provide transparency to consumers and create a fair and level playing field for car dealers. Through OMVIC’s continuous consumer awareness efforts, the public is becoming more informed on the rules surrounding all-in price advertising when purchasing a car from an OMVIC-Registered Dealer — but there is still some confusion…


By OMVIC Communications on Friday, November 6, 2015
OMVICMany consumers in Ontario don’t know where to turn when something goes wrong with a vehicle purchase; they mistakenly believe that car dealerships are akin to the Wild Wild West where lawlessness was commonplace and bandits plentiful. But the truth of the matter is quite the opposite. Car dealers and salespersons must be licensed and abide by the rules and regulations of the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act (MVDA), the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) and a strict Code of Ethics; and the “sheriff” administering and enforcing the laws is OMVIC – Ontario’s vehicle sales regulator.

By OMVIC Communications on Friday, October 23, 2015

Trick-or-Treating Candy Do you remember trick-or-treating? Can you recall the tangible excitement of running from house to house; trying not to trip, or worse, lose some of the candies stashed in your pillow case. And there was a secret communication shared by the young ghouls, witches and ghosts as they transited the neighborhood – where to find the best ”loot”…


By OMVIC Communications on Friday, October 16, 2015

Last week’s blog post provided tips on how to avoid “buyer’s remorse” when purchasing a vehicle. One tip recommended car-buyers review competitive advertisements before visiting a dealership to purchase a vehicle. 

“All-In Price Advertising—It’s Putting The Fun And Excitement Back Into Car Buying…
And It’s The LAW!”

Why Is This Important to Consumers?

So, you purchased a car yesterday — walked into the dealership while the kids were in hockey practice, found a vehicle that tweaked your interest, and began negotiating a price...

By OMVIC Communications on Friday, September 18, 2015

Car on the keyboardIf you’re looking to purchase a late model used car or truck, chances are you’ve checked out some of the online auto marketplaces such as Kijiji, AutoTRADER, Craigslist or others. While there are a lot of legitimate vehicles available through these sites, there are also a number of sophisticated online scams you should watch out for. 

Know A Scam When You See One

Recently, OMVIC has warned Canadian online car shoppers about two notorious scams designed to separate consumers from their hard-earned money: the phony private seller; and the phantom US dealer. Both have tell-tale signs that, if spotted, will alert the potential buyer to the dangers posed by these rip-off artists.

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