It is advisable to take the following precautions before purchasing a used vehicle from a private vendor:
- Carefully inspect the car in the daytime.
- Check that the accessories work properly (headlights, turn signals, etc.).
- Test drive the vehicle for a sufficient length of time.
- Have the vehicle inspected by a mechanic. See the page about inspections for more details.
- Ask to see repair bills that show the mileage.
- Obtain the vehicle history. The SAAQ brochure Don't fall for stories offers information on this topic. The vehicle history provides information including the number of owners and previous uses of the vehicle.
- Consult the Canadian Police Information Centre to make sure the vehicle has not been stolen.
- Consult the Registre des droits personnels et réels mobiliers (RDPRM).
If the vehicle has an obvious problem such as damage to the body, have the repair costs evaluated. This could allow you to negotiate a lower price.
Last update : October 16, 2020
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