Can you spot a backyard mechanic?

DATE: | Consumer bulletins

All Alberta repair businesses must be licensed by AMVIC. This includes auto body shops, inspection facilities, brake and muffler shops, car starter installers and windshield tint and auto repair shops. Backyard mechanics are service and repair businesses illegally operating without the proper AMVIC licence. Here are three signs you might be dealing with a backyard … Read More

AMVIC improves consumer protection and ensures fair enforcement

DATE: | Consumer bulletins | Industry bulletins | News releases

Edmonton— Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council (AMVIC) has hired for the positions of registrar, human resources manager and legal counsel, directly acting on recommendations outlined in the 2016 Report on Governance and Operations commissioned by Service Alberta and conducted by Management Consultant George Cuff. Brenda Chomey has joined AMVIC in the newly created position of … Read More

AMVIC’s 2016 – 2017 Annual Report available now

DATE: | Industry bulletins

2016 – 2017 Annual Report highlights: How AMVIC is implementing the recommendations from the Report on AMVIC Governance and Operations (page 11). Over 10,000 salespeople registered and over 6,900 businesses licensed as of March 31, 2017 (page 17). Zero tolerance for curbers (page 18). Over 3000 students successfully completing the Salesperson Fair Trading Act Course … Read More

AMVIC’s 2016 – 2017 Annual Report highlights

DATE: | Consumer bulletins

AMVIC’s 2016 – 2017 Annual Report highlights: Nearly $30 million returned to consumers by Alberta automotive businesses since 2001 through alternate dispute resolution facilitated by AMVIC (page 28). Conducted 459 total inspections on automotive businesses and identified 1,760 total concerns (page 23). A Lethbridge curber conviction leading to $3,900 of restitution for the victim (page … Read More

Advisory: stolen parts exposed – check your repair records

DATE: | Industry bulletins

AMVIC is working with the Edmonton Police Service to alert Alberta businesses about a possible risk that stolen parts may have been unknowingly utilized. Edmonton Police Service has recently recovered components to over 100 stolen vehicles on the site of Carmasters Collision Ltd. in Edmonton and believe that many suspect or stolen parts have been … Read More

Volume 2 2017

DATE: | Impact Newsletter

In this issue: Info session for industry happening June 14 in Calgary. More info and how to RSVP on page 1. AMVIC is increasing advertising compliance inspections. Details on page 1. What to keep in mind before subcontracting repair work. Check out page 2. How to use AMVIC’s website as a resource. Get the scoop on page 3. AMVIC connects … Read More

Information session for industry in June

DATE: | Industry bulletins

AMVIC will be hosting an industry information session for automotive businesses at the Executive Royal Hotel in Calgary on June 14, 2017. To help address the need for compliance with automotive advertising regulations, the session will focus on advertising laws and the corresponding requirements. The session will also cover topics such as the differences between … Read More

Turn to AMVIC’s website as a resource

DATE: | Industry bulletins

“Where can I find the advertising laws?” “How do I renew my salesperson registration?” “What should I do when I’m closing my business?” Looking for answers to these questions or similar questions? Do you know where to find the answers? They are all on AMVIC’s website! The industry section of covers a variety of … Read More

Misleading or false statements about extra fees

DATE: | Consumer bulletins

Do you know the difference between mandatory and optional fees? If you hear any of the following statements, walk away and report the automotive business to AMVIC. “Yes, that’s the price plus these extra fees not mentioned in the ad.” In Alberta, all-in price advertising is the law. That means if a business advertises a … Read More

Insurance Certificate of Authority: expiration reminder on behalf of the Alberta Insurance Council

DATE: | Industry bulletins

On behalf of the Alberta Insurance Council (AIC), AMVIC is reminding all automotive businesses who are licensed by the Alberta Insurance Council to sell equipment warranty, credit related and GAP insurance that they are required to renew their insurance agents’ certificate of authority annually, and no later than June 30, 2017. Your licence with the … Read More