Before signing a purchase contract for a new vehicle, make sure it contains all relevant information.

New vehicle dealers are not required to use a specific form of written contract, except in the case of installment sales (when your purchase is financed by the merchant). Merchants do use a hard copy contract in which they include all the information regarding the sale.

Information to be found in the contract

Make sure the content of the contract corresponds to what the merchant promised.

Verify that this information is also present in your contract:

  • the place and date the contract was signed;
  • the merchant’s name and address;
  • your name and address;
  • the model year, serial number, make and model of the vehicle, as well as the engine displacement;
  • the options;
  • the accessories added by the dealer and their price (winter tires, remote starter, etc);
  • the vehicle delivery date;
  • the total price of the vehicle;
  • the amount of the down payment, if applicable;
  • the price of the trade-in vehicle, if applicable.

The motor vehicle merchant license number must also be included in the contract.

If you are selling your old vehicle through the merchant from whom you are purchasing your new vehicle (accommodation sale), the related information must be indicated in the contract.

Information on the back of the contract

Take note of the terms and conditions listed on the back of the contract. In particular, you will find the information regarding cancelling the contract.

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Last update : May 3, 2021

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The information contained on this page is presented in simple terms to make it easier to understand. It does not replace the texts of the laws and regulations.