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Buying a used car this spring?

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Buying a used car this spring?

McGuinty Government Advises Buyers To Be Careful

Springtime is prime car-buying season, especially for thousands of Ontarians on the hunt for a great deal on a used car, van or truck.  As with most other consumer purchases, however, it is always best for buyers to beware, and be aware.

Consumers need to be especially careful of dealing with so-called "curbsiders" in the marketplace. Curbsiders pose as private sellers but are really in the business of selling stolen, damaged, or odometer-tampered vehicles. 

Ontarians are encouraged to understand the history of any car by obtaining a  from the Ministry of Transportation, or from the seller themselves. Accident history searches may also be purchased through www.carproof.ca or www.carfax.com.

Used car buyers should always ask for proof of ownership from the seller, have the vehicle inspected by a mechanic they trust, and purchase the car by issuing a cheque to the current owner listed on the UVIP.

Quick Facts

  • The Canadian Red Book contains guidelines for determining the value of used vehicles, and is available in most public libraries or online at www.canadianredbook.com
  • The Ontario Safety Standards Certificate is not a warranty on a used vehicle; only a minimum set of safety standards approved on the day the vehicle was examined.

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“We want all Ontarians to shop smart this spring when making a used vehicle purchase. Recognizing the potential pitfalls and knowing what to do before buying is the best way to protect yourself in this market.”

Ted McMeekin

Minister of Government and Consumer Services



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