If you are not very knowledgeable about vehicles, it's a good idea to shop with someone who is. Determine how much money you are able to pay for your vehicle. Check with the public library for the "Gold Book of Used Car Prices" and the "Canadian Red Book" to research prices. Then, visit several auto dealers, as well as checking your options in the classified ads.
Provincial regulations require that vehicles:
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Be a Wise Consumer
Unless otherwise stated, used vehicles are sold "as is". This means any flaws or defects with the vehicle after the sale are the responsibility of the buyer. Do not let yourself be blinded by the reputation of a particular make or model. Even a well-made vehicle can deteriorate if it is not maintained properly.
Concerns surrounding the misrepresentation through sales activities for automotive sales may be investigated by the Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council (AMVIC). The AMVIC toll free investigation line is 1-877-279-8200. Complaints not related to automotive sales, can be directed to Service Alberta "Consumers" investigations units in Edmonton and Calgary.
For more information, please contact:
Vehicle Inspection Program