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.
Following the reopening of auto dealerships in the province, (by appointment only), Ontario’s Vehicle Sales Regulator, OMVIC has released a comprehensive COVID-19 Crisis Guidelines: Guidelines for Dealership Sales Operations to help motor vehicle dealers operate while protecting the health and well-being of their employees, customers and the public.
The framework for OMVIC’s guidelines came from the industry-specific recommendations created by the province, and its public health agencies.
By law, anyone who trades in vehicles in Ontario must be registered with OMVIC, Ontario’s vehicle sales regulator—that’s every car dealer and salesperson.
We know that not everyone is going to buy a vehicle from an OMVIC-Registered dealer—some may choose to buy from a private seller—but buying from a registered dealer is ‘the safer way’ because of what you're legally entitled to.
Everybody has their own list of concerns when it comes to buying a car. These concerns can be as specific as whether the car colour comes in a matte or, if you’re buying used, how many owners the vehicle has had. OMVIC suggests you start with these tips to begin a conversation with the dealer and determine whether the vehicle you’re interested in will be a worthy investment.
It is important to note that all Ontario dealers and salespeople must be licensed by OMVIC. So, if you’re buying from a dealer in Ontario, confirm that you’re buying from a registered dealer – look for the OMVIC-Registered Dealer decal or use the “
Find a Dealer/Saleperson” search button at omvic.ca. Remember: Only when you buy from a registered dealer do you benefit from consumer protection. If you buy privately and encounter problems, OMVIC cannot assist.
A dog relishing a car ride; tongue lapping the air; fur flying in the wind – a sight that exemplifies simple joy; and it’s the imagery supporting OMVIC’s message: all-in price advertising – it’s putting the fun and excitement back into buying a car...and, it’s the law! The province-wide campaign utilizes TV, radio, online and social media advertising.
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