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:
- Search for a licensed business or a registered salesperson
- Look for the AMVIC licence displayed inside a business location.
- Look for advertisements that display the AMVIC logo.
Feel your rights have been breached? File a complaint with AMVIC.