AMVIC has once again partnered with the Competition Bureau’s Fraud Prevention Forum to raise awareness on fraud and educate consumers and industry on how to recognize, reject and report fraud.
Although March is Fraud Prevention Month, being aware of fraud is a year-round task when it comes to being a smart consumer.
You have rights as a consumer in Alberta. Visit amvic.org for valuable consumer resources to keep you informed and check out the consumer guides for different types of vehicle transactions, as well as for different stages in the shopping process.
Know what makes someone a curber or a backyard mechanic
Remember, businesses must be licensed (including service and repair businesses), and salespeople must be registered with AMVIC. Understand what a curber and a backyard mechanic are, and how to avoid and report them. You can verify a business licence or salesperson registration by using AMVIC’s online database.
Fraud comes in all forms
Whether you are shopping in-person or online with an AMVIC-licensed business, fraud could still occur. Review the bill of sale and the financing contract to make sure all required information is accurate. Do not let the salesperson convince you it’s a good idea to misrepresent the information on any forms. You could get into serious financial trouble if reported income is incorrect, or if the vehicle’s purchase price is different on the bill of sale vs. the financing contract. Get more advice on reading contracts on amvic.org.