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Informing Consumers About Buying Cars The Right Way

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Informing Consumers About Buying Cars The Right Way

McGuinty Government Protecting Consumers

Ministry of Consumer Services

Ontario is educating consumers about their rights and protections before they buy or lease new and used cars.

The province is launching new vehicle-buying seminars that will be offered by the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council (OMVIC) across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and in major Ontario centres throughout the summer. The free seminars will give consumers practical tips about the right way to buy a vehicle and raise awareness of consumer protection measures provided under the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act, 2002.

The one-hour seminars will be hosted in libraries, community centres, malls and schools. OMVIC hopes to present the seminars in multiple languages including French, Punjabi, Cantonese, Mandarin, Italian, Arabic, Ukrainian, Greek and Korean. A list of seminars and locations will be posted on the OMVIC website in May at www.buywithconfidence.ca.

The Motor Vehicle Dealers Act, 2002 is administered by OMVIC on behalf of the Ontario government.

Quick Facts

  • 1.4 million vehicles are bought annually, on average, by Ontarians.
  • One-quarter of all used car classified advertisements in Ontario are placed by "curbsiders" (unregistered vehicle sellers in the business of selling misrepresented or stolen vehicles).

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“Buying a car can be an overwhelming experience for many people. That's why OMVIC is giving consumers practical tips about the right way to buy a vehicle. All consumers deserve to know exactly what they are getting before they decide to buy.”

Sophia Aggelonitis

Minister of Consumer Services

“There's a right way and a wrong way to buy a car. Our seminars will give consumers the information they need to buy Ontario-registered.”

Carl Compton

Executive Director and Registrar, Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council

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