Lease buyouts do not require an MFA

DATE: | Industry bulletins

AMVIC has consulted Alberta Transportation regarding the previously communicated need for MFAs on lease buyouts as per a Jan. 30, 2019 industry bulletin. It has been determined that where a consumer leases a new vehicle and decides to exercise an option to purchase at the end of the lease, Section 15 of the Vehicle Inspection … Read More

What happens during an AMVIC inspection?

DATE: | Industry bulletins

AMVIC inspections are a proactive opportunity for licensed automotive businesses to learn more about the applicable legislation and best practices within the industry. The Consumer Protection Act gives AMVIC the authority to inspect all licensed automotive businesses in Alberta, including service and repair businesses. Inspections increase the potential for compliance, build a professional relationship with … Read More

2018 – 2019 AMVIC annual report now available

DATE: | Industry bulletins

2018 – 2019 AMVIC annual report highlights: AMVIC celebrated 20 years as Alberta’s automotive regulator (page 2). Find out what were the five most common complaint types submitted to AMVIC’s consumer services department (page 12). AMVIC presented at SAIT and the Alberta Transportation Instructor Conference to raise awareness of AMVIC to future automotive industry leaders … Read More

Automotive businesses: ownership changes and closure notices

DATE: | Industry bulletins

Thinking about closing your business or changing ownership? There are steps an AMVIC-licensed business must follow to ensure a smooth process in relation to Section 134 of the Consumer Protection Act. You must notify AMVIC, in writing, within 15 days, if any of the following applies: If your corporation has a change in officers or … Read More

Spring into service and repair regulations

DATE: | Industry bulletins

In the midst of pothole season, more vehicles may need to visit service and repair shops. This season, ensure your service and repair business understands the additional legislation that was added to the Automotive Business Regulation (ABR) on Oct. 31, 2018. AMVIC recommends all automotive service and repair businesses review and understand the regulations. Written … Read More

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

Sept. 18, 2019 update: lease buyouts do not require an MFA Note: AMVIC has consulted Alberta Transportation regarding the previously communicated need for MFAs on lease buyouts. It has been determined that where a consumer leases a new vehicle and decides to exercise an option to purchase at the end of the lease, Section 15 … 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