There is a law: Be­fore you buy or lease, ask ques­tions

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When you buy or lease a new or used ve­hi­cle from a reg­is­tered dealer in On­tario, you have rights un­der the Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles Deal­ers Act.

In On­tario, the On­tario Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle In­dus­try Coun­cil (OMVIC) en­forces the act.

Un­der On­tario law, there is no cool­ing-off pe­riod for mo­tor ve­hi­cle con­tracts, so be sure of your de­ci­sion be­fore you sign. In most cases, the con­tract will be bind­ing.

Read and un­der­stand the con­tract and bill of sale be­fore sign­ing. If you don’t un­der­stand some­thing, ask ques­tions. You can also try to ne­go­ti­ate terms and ask for amend­ments to the con­tract.

When you buy a ve­hi­cle, a dealer must give you the most ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion avail­able about a ve­hi­cle’s his­tory and key fea­tures. If cer­tain in­for­ma­tion is miss­ing you have 90 days to can­cel the con­tract. If any of the in­for­ma­tion below is not ac­cu­rate, you can can­cel within 90 days: odome­ter read­ing (or a state­ment that dis­tance trav­elled is not avail­able), make, model and year, whether the ve­hi­cle has been “branded” by the Min­istry of Trans­porta­tion as sal­vage, re­built or ir­repara­ble, whether the man­u­fac­turer has can­celled the war­ranty on the ve­hi­cle, ac­cu­rate de­tails of past use (e.g., if the ve­hi­cle was used as a taxi, li­mou­sine, rental car, po­lice or emer­gency ve­hi­cle).

FIRST CAR IN TOWN: Ed Tarl­ton, fore­man of the paint at the Car­riage Works, drove the first car in Alexan­dria in the early 1900s.

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