Before purchasing a used vehicle, you should test drive it and have it inspected.

Have it inspected by a mechanic you trust. Test drive it for a sufficient length of time: driving around the block is not enough.

Merchant refusal

The merchant is required to accept your request. Do not go through with the transaction if the merchant does not allow you to test drive the vehicle or have it inspected. This merchant may be trying to hide a serious mechanical problem from you. You could also report the merchant to the Office de la protection du consommateur as this practice is prohibited by regulations.

If the vehicle is being sold without a warranty of fitness (vehicle category D), it is even more important to conduct a test drive.

The consultation with a mechanic is done at your expense. This expertise will allow you to have a clear picture of the vehicle’s condition.

Price of the vehicle

Focus on the problems you have discovered following the inspection and test drive as you negotiate the price of the vehicle.


Last update : November 24, 2017

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