The Office de la protection du consommateur advises you to take the following precautions before leasing a used vehicle.
Test drive and inspection
Test drive the vehicle for a sufficient length of time. Driving once around the block is not enough.
You should also have the vehicle inspected by a mechanic you trust. An inspection is at your own cost and allows you to have a clear picture of the vehicle’s condition.
The merchant is required to allow you to test drive the vehicle and to have it inspected. If they refuse, you should walk away from the transaction, as the merchant might 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.
Before leasing a used vehicle, it is extremely important to verify that it has already been paid for in full. Otherwise, you might be unwittingly "purchasing" the debt of its owner.
To conduct this verification, you must make a search using the Registre des droits personnels et réels mobiliers (RDPRM - in French only). There are fees for this search. It will, however, ensure that you will not pay for the vehicle twice or have it seized by a creditor.
Last update : October 16, 2020
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