Final steps before you purchase

Steps to take when you decide to buy a used vehicle, including getting a vehicle information report and inspection.

Before you buy the vehicle, you might consider having it inspected by:

  • a certified technician who can let you know if it is mechanically sound
  • a certified autobody technician who can determine the structural integrity of the vehicle

These are the experts who can tell you if the vehicle has been in any collisions or has been rebuilt and, if so, whether it was done properly.

Locate an Alberta inspection facility in your area.

The Importance of a Vehicle Information Report

Consumers may contact an Alberta registry agent to purchase a recorded history of a vehicle they are considering buying. A Vehicle Information Report (VIR) provides a consumer important information about a vehicle's history


When leaving a deposit with a vendor, the law does not require the vendor to refund the deposit if you change your mind. If the vendor promises that the deposit is fully refundable, get that promise in writing.

Bill of Sale

The Bill of Sale should include:

  • the date of the sale
  • the seller's and buyer's name, address and identification
  • the year, make, model and Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) of the vehicle
  • the number of kilometres on the vehicle's odometer
  • the total price and how it is being paid
  • any promises or statements about the vehicle, such as any warranties or claims about its condition