Getting ready for a summer road trip

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Before you hit the open road, it’s a good idea to make sure your vehicles (including RVs) are in tip-top shape for those long drives. The last thing you want to happen on a road trip is for your vehicle to break down.

How AMVIC helps

Did you know a licensed repair business cannot exceed an estimate by more than 10 per cent, which cannot be more than $100 over the estimated cost? Did you know if you ask for an estimate, it has to be given to you in writing? These are just some examples of the laws repair businesses are obligated to follow. Alberta is the only province in Canada to regulate automotive repair businesses in the same way it regulates automotive sales businesses.

AMVIC recommends you choose products and services sold by AMVIC-licensed businesses. Licensed businesses commit to following the consumer protection rules set out in Alberta’s Consumer Protection Act. Search for a business through AMVIC’s online database to ensure you are dealing with a licensed business. Illegal, unlicensed businesses are known as backyard mechanics. Typically, backyard mechanics operate in residential or improper municipal zones. Backyard mechanics can put residents and the local environment at risk, especially when dealing with potentially dangerous equipment or chemicals without proper facilities or training.

Easy printable guide

AMVIC has a helpful guide to ensure you’re well prepared. Print the easy to use guide and take it with you to help make informed decisions about the next service or repair performed on your vehicle.

If you feel you’ve been misled or have a question regarding your service and repair experience, AMVIC is here to help. Consumer services is the first point of contact for anyone who has a question, concern or complaint about an automotive business in the province.