Prepare to repair!

DATE: | Consumer bulletins

Not sure what you should know, and what to ask? We have the answers (and the questions). What to know: A business cannot exceed its estimate by more than 10 per cent above what was originally quoted for parts or services. Also, that 10 per cent increase can only be to a maximum of $100. A … Read More

S’more RV buying tips from AMVIC

DATE: | Consumer bulletins

Enjoying a toasty campfire, roasting marshmallows and camping under the stars sounds like a faraway fantasy in snowy February. But, this weekend Albertans will start planning for those dream RV vacations at the Edmonton RV Expo & Sale. AMVIC, Alberta’s automotive regulator, will be at the Edmonton RV Expo to offer consumers helpful tips and … Read More

Reoccurring RV dreams?

DATE: | Consumer bulletins

Check out amvic.org to for more helpful tips: Use the search tool available at amvic.org to check if a business is AMVIC-licensed All-in pricing is the law! Mechanical Fitness Assessment AMVIC inspections Researching a vehicle AMVIC will have a booth at the 2017 Edmonton RV EXPO and Sale from Feb. 9 to 12 at the … Read More

Curber ordered to pay $14,800 to consumers

DATE: | Consumer bulletins

A former Edmonton used car dealer was convicted on two counts of fraud and ordered to pay $14,800 in restitution to his victims. Dennis Feldman collected deposits then failed to deliver the vehicles as promised or return the money. The Jan. 12, 2017 fraud convictions stem from an ongoing AMVIC and Edmonton Police Service investigation. … Read More

How the curber stole the holidays

DATE: | Consumer bulletins

You’re a mean one, Mr. Curber! Looking for a new vehicle this holiday season? Be sure you know what a curber is and how to spot one: What’s a curber and what are the risks? Curbers are people who sell vehicles without a legally required AMVIC sales licence. Typically, curbers sell stolen, damaged, improperly repaired … Read More

Are you financially savvy?

DATE: | Consumer bulletins

November is Financial Literacy Month and there’s no better time than now to learn how to make smart financial decisions when it comes to buying a new or used vehicle. Here are tips you can use to make a financially smart automotive purchase: Set a budget: have a set plan before you shop and decide … Read More

Buying used? Check for liens

DATE: | Consumer bulletins

Thinking of buying used? Before you finalize the sale make sure your new-to-you ride does not have any outstanding liens. What is a lien and why should you check?  A lien could be filed against a vehicle if the owner financed the purchase and has money owing to the lender. A lien could also be … Read More

Four questions to ask before you lease

DATE: | Consumer bulletins

You found the vehicle that best suits your needs and lifestyle. The next big question is deciding whether it is better for you to buy or lease. Keep these four questions in mind if you are considering a lease: Remember: you will not own the vehicle at the end of a lease term. Some lease … Read More

AMVIC’s cancellation decision upheld

DATE: | Consumer bulletins

The Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council’s cancellation of an Edmonton used car businesses’ sales licence and salesperson registration was upheld by an appeal panel in a decision dated Sept. 9, 2016 . An independent appeal panel appointed by the Minister of Service Alberta concluded that Martin Hausner, owner of Cars on Whyte and Edmonton Imports, … Read More

Don’t fall for fraud

DATE: | Consumer bulletins

The Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council is reminding you to be cautious when you find online deals and promotions that sound too good to be true. Perhaps it’s a rock-bottom price. Maybe it’s a rare model. A number of scam artists target shoppers by advertising popular vehicles at prices way below market value. They prey … Read More