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

Review your bill of sale to ensure it is accurate and complete

DATE: | Consumer bulletins

Buying a new vehicle can be exciting, but always remember to make sure you and the business you are dealing with have taken all the necessary steps to document your purchase during the buying process. AMVIC-licensed businesses and registered salespeople have an obligation to ensure that the details of the transaction accurately reflect the true … Read More

AMVIC celebrates Canada Day with launch of translated tip cards

DATE: | Consumer bulletins

This Canada Day the Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council wants you to know it is looking out for you. The automotive regulator is removing some language barriers to help spread consumer protection awareness. “We live in a great country where we welcome people from all around the world,” John Bachinski, executive director of AMVIC said. … Read More

Asking for an estimate? Know your rights

DATE: | Consumer bulletins

In an ever-changing world of technology, there are options to help you choose a service repair business. You may have considered using an app or online agent to find a repair shop, book your appointment and provide you with a quote. If you are using this type of service, please be aware that while the … Read More