I want to buy a car from someone. What should I think about?
Question & AnswerI want to buy a car from someone. What should I think about?
Get a Used Vehicle Information Package (UVIP)
When you buy a used car from a private seller, they must give you a Used Vehicle Information Package (UVIP).
The seller should pay for the UVIP because it is their responsibility to give you one.
The UVIP includes important information like:
- the car details (including the year, make, model, color, body type, cylinders, and power)
- the registration history in Ontario (including all present and previous owners, their city of residence, and mileage)
- the car's fair market value, and the minimum amount of payable tax
- retail sales tax information
- a bill of sale that includes the seller's name, the date of the sale, and the purchase price
- if there are any liens on the car
If the seller doesn't give you a UVIP, you can order one through the Ontario government’s website. It costs $20, and can be paid for by card. Once you pay, the package will be mailed to you in about 5 business days.
To order a UVIP you need:
- the vehicle identification number (VIN) or the licence plate number of the car
- your Ontario driver's licence number or registrant identification number (RIN), or
- your name and address