Are You A Smart Car Buyer? Test Your Knowledge!
Thinking about decking the driveway with a new set of wheels this holiday season? Or resolving to improve your ride in the New Year? Well, before you go dashing all the way to the dealership or check-ing out the nice and naughty list in the online car classifieds, you may want to determine just how savvy a car buyer you are. When it comes to buying a new(er) vehicle are you a Dasher, or a Blitzen?
TAKE THIS QUIZ TO FIND OUT: (Answers on the reverse page)
1. When you sign a contract to buy a car from a registered dealer, there is:
- a 24-hour “cooling off” period
- a 48-hour “cooling off” period
- a 10-day “cooling off” period
- no “cooling off” period
2. If a dealer’s advertisement includes a price for a car, you should know:
- the dealer is likely to add all sorts of other fees to the advertised price
- the advertised price must be all-in and the dealer can only add additional costs for products or services you’ve asked for
- there are no rules around dealer advertising; it’s buyer beware!
3. A curbsider is:
- any private seller
- an illegal, unlicensed dealer who may pose as a private seller
- a mechanic
- none of the above
4. When you buy a car from a dealer, he or she must legally disclose if the car has been in an accident resulting in more than $3,000 in damage.
TRUE or FALSE?
5. If you have a problem with a vehicle you bought from a private seller:
- you can contact OMVIC for assistance
- you’re protected by numerous Ontario consumer protection laws
- you’re on your own
- A & B
6. If you have a problem with a vehicle purchased from a registered dealer:
- you can contact OMVIC for assistance
- you’re on your own — there are no consumer protection laws for retail automotive sales
- you can file a complaint with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation
- you can have your MPP intervene
FIND THE ANSWER HERE!
So how’d you do? Was it as easy as remembering all the verses to the Twelve days of Christmas? Well, here’s the answers — a little drum roll please:
Question 1: D — When you buy a car, there is no “cooling off” period. Don’t sign a contract unless you’re sure you want to complete the transaction.
Question 2: B — A registered dealer’s advertised price MUST be all-in — only HST and licensing can be added. Should a dealer try to charge a fee (other than HST or licensing) in excess of the advertised price, walk away; and report the dealer to OMVIC.
Question 3: B — Curbsiders are illegal,unlicensed dealers who usually pose as private sellers. They commonly sell vehicles that are misrepresented (e.g., rebuilt write-offs, accident-damaged or odometer-tampered). Curbsiders are responsible for up to 25% of all private vehicle ads.
Question 4: TRUE — Ontario dealers must disclose, in writing, information related to the past-use, history and condition of a vehicle. If you choose to buy privately, it is STRONGLY recommended you obtain a vehicle history report (CarProof, Carfax), have the vehicle inspected by a trusted mechanic and ensure the seller provides a Used Vehicle Information Package (UVIP).
Question 5: C — OMVIC only regulates motor vehicle dealers. There are no consumer protection laws for private vehicle sales. If something goes wrong with a private transaction, you’re on your own with little recourse other than to sue civilly.
Question 6: A — OMVIC has a Complaints and Inquiries Team who may be able to assist should a problem arise with a vehicle purchased from a registered dealer. Under certain circumstances, you may be able to cancel a contract if a dealer failed to disclose specified information. For assistance contact OMVIC at 416-226-4500x5105 or visit omvic.on.ca
So, don’t get a lump of coal in your garage,make your next vehicle purchase a merry one; get educated, know your rights and learn to ask the right questions. For more information visit omvic.on.ca.