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

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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

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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

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