Accepting RVs on trade?

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When accepting a vehicle on trade, whether it is an RV, truck or car, always take steps to determine the prior history of the vehicle to keep your customers safe, and prevent oversights. When dealing with used RVs do not forget:

  • Always copy the VINs off the RV directly, not from existing documents
  • Check for liens– even if the seller provides lien information, you should still do a search to verify the amount owed
  • Check if the RV is from out of province, or has been sold outside of Canada
  • Check the overall condition of the RV and have a certified journeyman technician conduct a Mechanical Fitness Assessment
  • Get a vehicle history report and look for accident history. Also, ask the previous owner for vehicle history information and service and repair records—consider getting this information in writing.
  • Check if there are any outstanding recalls to be repaired
  • Check if the RV was ever used as a rental
  • Verify the odometer reading is accurate


It is best practice to always obtain a vehicle history report on every used vehicle so you can disclose all information to potential buyers. Under the Fair Trading Act section 6, 4(h) it is an unfair practice for a supplier to represent that “goods have or do not have a particular prior history or usage if that is different from the fact.”

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