Before you go shopping

Who needs an AMVIC licence?

Sales including new, used and RV; lease; service and repair; agent or broker; consignment; and wholesale automotive businesses are legally required to be licensed by AMVIC. All automotive salespeople, including anyone who negotiates, solicits or concludes a sale on behalf of a licensed business must be registered with AMVIC.

Benefits of dealing with a licensed automotive business:

  • Licensed businesses are expected to follow a high standard of professional conduct.
  • Licensed businesses must follow the consumer protection laws set out in Alberta’s Consumer Protection Act. For example, it is a breach of the act to engage in an unfair practice.
  • Licensed businesses must abide by the General Codes of Conduct
  • The rules only apply to transactions between businesses and consumers.
  • Private sellers and backyard mechanics are not required to meet the same high standards of honesty and integrity.
  • All AMVIC-registered salespeople have successfully completed the Salesperson Registration Course as a condition of becoming registered.
  • Licensed dealers must provide full disclosure.
  • Licensed dealers must use all-in advertised pricing on ads.
  • Licensed businesses are subject to AMVIC inspections.
  • Consumers can ask AMVIC to investigate if a licensed business does not operate lawfully.
  • The Compensation Fund may be available to the customers of a failed licensed business. However, consumers are not eligible to apply to the Compensation Fund if they buy from a private seller or curber.
  • Additional laws involving detailed bills of sale, extensive vehicle history disclosure and repair authorizations mean more clarity in automotive transactions. More information and consumer guides. 

How to locate a licensed business:

Feel your rights have been breached? File a complaint with AMVIC.