Thinking of buying your first vehicle?

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First time buyers can sometimes feel overwhelmed with the vehicle purchasing process. With so many different options out there, it’s important not to make any rush decisions when it comes to purchasing your first vehicle.

If you decide to purchase a vehicle, make sure that the automotive business that you are dealing with is AMVIC-licensed. Automotive businesses in Alberta must adhere to the consumer protection rules set out in Alberta’s Consumer Protection Act.

You can turn to AMVIC to understand your rights as an automotive consumer in Alberta and what to consider before making your purchase.

Needs, wants and budget

As a consumer start your buying process by setting a budget. Consider all possible costs associated with a vehicle purchase including the total cost of the vehicle, maintenance and insurance. Many consumers cannot pay cash for a vehicle and instead choose to finance. A longer term loan as opposed to a shorter term loan may allow access to a more expensive vehicle, but consider whether the total price of the vehicle, including cost of credit, is truly affordable. 

Once you’ve decided how much you’re willing to spend, it’s time to do the proper research on what type of vehicle meets your needs. Do you need a two-door or four-door? Do you need a pickup truck, SUV or small car? Are you going to buy new or used?

Be prepared

Whatever you’re considering to buy, AMVIC has a number of helpful resources to get you started including two consumer guides on purchasing new and used vehicles. These guides have quick tips to use before you go, while you’re there and after you buy.

If you are new to Alberta, AMVIC even provides translated resources for consumer awareness. AMVIC is here to help you through every step of the buying process with information available 24/7 on amvic.org. Consumers can also contact AMVIC’s consumer services team at 1-877-979-8100 ext. 2002 if you have any questions or concerns.