Category: Consumer bulletins

All-in pricing: negotiating extras

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You found a car you want to buy, you have a copy of the advertisement, but now you want to add some extras. How does that work? Automotive businesses must advertise the all-in price of a vehicle. The only mandatory fees that can be added to the advertised price of a vehicle are the GST

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New to buying used?

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Thinking about getting a vehicle to get you around instead of taking public transportation or taxis? Maybe you prefer to buy used instead of new because of budget considerations. Here are some steps to follow when buying used. Before you do anything, check out amvic.org AMVIC is Alberta’s automotive regulator! Turn to amvic.org for valuable

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Difference between deposits and down payments

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What is the difference between a deposit and a down payment? Let’s break it down: Text from graphic: Deposits vs. down payments Deposits: A deposit is money given to an automotive business to secure a vehicle. It usually means a consumer is interested in buying and wants the vehicle to be put on hold for

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2019 – 2020 AMVIC annual report just released

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2019 – 2020 AMVIC annual report highlights: A quick look of the highlights for the fiscal year (page 2). How AMVIC educated consumers through an updated website, advertisements and Fraud Prevention Month activities (page 7). Find out what were the five most common complaint types submitted to AMVIC’s consumer services department (page 10). Read about

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Research the vehicle before you’re surprised by undisclosed damage

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Extreme weather events across Alberta this year, including flooding and hail storms, have caused significant damage to property and vehicles. There is a chance that the used-vehicle market could include some weather-damaged or improperly repaired vehicles. If you’re shopping for a vehicle at an automotive business or planning to buy privately, make sure you do

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