Get a Used Vehicle Information Package (UVIP)

I want to buy a car from the man down the street. What do I need to think about?
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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 credit 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

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Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council
Reviewed: December 31, 2016

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