McEwan Motors Inc. closed, consumer vehicles at risk of being seized due to unpaid liens

DATE: | Consumer bulletins | Industry bulletins | News releases

Edmonton— McEwan Motors Inc. of Leduc has ceased business operations as of Feb. 1, 2019, and is no longer authorized to wholesale vehicles or sell used vehicles in Alberta. McEwan Motors Inc. is also known as Back on Track Credit, Credit 4 Trucks, Kings of Trucks, The Loan Arranger and Turbo Auto Loans. The Alberta … Read More

Do lease buyouts and demo vehicles require an MFA?

DATE: | Industry bulletins

Does a lease buyout or demo vehicle require a Mechanical Fitness Assessment (MFA)? It all depends on whether the vehicle is considered new or used. Lease buyouts: When a consumer purchases a used vehicle, whether straight off a lot or their own lease buyout, an MFA and bill of sale are both required. If a … Read More

Does your Boxing Day advertisement comply?

DATE: | Industry bulletins

  Boxing Day is coming up fast and you might have a ton of sales and incentives to offer. However, are you ensuring your advertisements comply? The Automotive Business Regulation Section 11(2)(n) states a business operator cannot use false, misleading or deceptive statements in advertisements. Here are some examples: The ad states “never been in … Read More

Alert: two fraudsters targeting Calgary and Edmonton high-end dealerships

DATE: | Industry bulletins

AMVIC, in collaboration with Edmonton Police Service (EPS), is warning Alberta dealerships about two alleged fraudsters acting on behalf of of organized crime operations targeting high-end dealerships in Edmonton, and Calgary. Dealerships are being contacted by buyers online or over the phone for vehicle purchases. A person is then sent to the dealership with extremely … Read More

Identity fraud spike at automotive dealerships

DATE: | Industry bulletins

AMVIC is working with the Calgary Police Service (CPS) to caution Alberta automotive sales businesses about increased criminal activity related to identity fraud. The CPS Auto Theft Team has tracked a significant increase in cases of identity fraud being used to purchase vehicles from vehicle sales businesses. Three separate groups of offenders are actively working … Read More

Updated Salesperson Registration Course and Service and Repair Course

DATE: | Industry bulletins

The mandatory Salesperson Registration Course and the voluntary Service and Repair Course have been updated to include the new laws that came into effect on Oct. 31, 2018. Salesperson Registration Course The Salesperson Registration Course is a mandatory requirement for all new automotive salespeople in Alberta. This means anyone who sells, leases, consigns or negotiates … Read More

AMVIC cancels licence of Showtime Fabrications Inc. due to a high risk of financial harm to consumers

DATE: | Consumer bulletins | Industry bulletins | News releases

Edmonton— Due to serious consumer complaints, AMVIC cancelled the automotive sales business licence of Calgary-based Showtime Fabrications Inc., effective Oct. 9, 2018. Investigations were launched in regards to five complaints filed with AMVIC by consumers of Showtime Fabrications Inc. Allegations include payment of large deposits without receiving anything in return. Showtime Fabrications Inc. did not … Read More

Are you interested in serving on the board regulating Alberta’s automotive industry?

DATE: | Industry bulletins

Please note the application period for this position has now ended.   The Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council (AMVIC) is the regulator of Alberta’s automotive industry. AMVIC protects the public interest and promotes trust and confidence in the motor vehicle industry through business licensing, inspections, investigations and education. AMVIC also works to foster the positive exchange … Read More

New automotive laws in Alberta effective Oct. 31, 2018

DATE: | Industry bulletins

Additional laws involving detailed bills of sale, extensive vehicle history disclosure and repair authorizations means consumers in Alberta have more clarity in automotive transactions. The Automotive Business Amendment Regulation (ABAR) takes effect on Oct. 31, 2018. Some of the new regulations include but are not limited to: Vehicle history disclosure prior to sale must disclose … Read More

Salespeople need to be connected to a business

DATE: | Industry bulletins

An automotive business should ensure all salespeople working for it are registered with AMVIC and are actively working for the business. An automotive business should contact AMVIC: Once a new salesperson has received their AMVIC registration, an automotive business must authorize the salesperson to conduct transactions on its behalf. If a salesperson is no longer … Read More