Watch for extra fees

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Edmonton — AMVIC, the regulator of motor vehicle sales in Alberta, is reminding car buyers to pay attention to the extra fees they may be charged by a dealership.

The only mandatory fees that can be added on to the price of the vehicle are GST and a tire levy.

“All other fees are imposed by the dealer or manufacturer,“ John Bachinski, Executive Director of AMVIC said. “If you are told any fee or charge, other than GST and the tire levy, is mandatory by law then you should walk away from the deal and contact AMVIC right away.”

Dealerships have the right to charge additional if they choose, provided they fully disclose those fees.

“A salesperson must be consistent in what they tell you verbally and what’s indicated on your contract or bill of sale,“ Bachinski said. “In most cases a consumer can trust a salesperson’s claims, they’re legally obligated to be truthful.”

AMVIC takes disclosure-related concerns very seriously and actively investigates them. Car buyers, or potential buyers, who believe they have been misled should contact AMVIC with their concerns.

What to do 

Document pre-purchase discussions and figures.

Be certain you understand what all extra fees are for.

Compare the all-in, or final price of the identical vehicle at a minimum of three dealerships.

Slow down, take your time to decide if the sale is right for you.

Check with AMVIC to ensure the seller is registered and dealership is licensed.

Contact AMVIC if you have any concerns or need information.

The tire levy is a provincial government fee on the sale of all new tires sold in Alberta. The fee is $4/tire for most passenger cars and light trucks. More details on the fee can be found here.

Our website has a simple search tool so consumers can check the name of a dealership, repair shop or salesperson to make sure they are properly licensed.

Media inquiries may be directed to: 

Laura Lowe
Manager of Communications and Education
Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council
780.468.0476
LLowe@amvic.org