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Protect Yourself: Buy From AMVIC-licensed Businesses

EDMONTON, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/17/14 -- The Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council is reminding consumers to buy vehicles, including RVs, from AMVIC- licensed businesses.

"Licensed automotive sales businesses are regulated by AMVIC, they are required to disclose a vehicle's history and abide by all laws including the Fair Trading Act," John Bachinski, executive director of AMVIC said.

Businesses and/or salespeople selling vehicles without an AMVIC licence or registration are called curbers. These are individuals who make a living, or at least extra cash, buying and selling vehicles through private sales.

Edmonton Police Service recently issued a press release stating that Auto Theft Unit has recovered approximately $863,130 worth of high-end travel trailers and recreational equipment that were allegedly stolen and resold to unsuspecting buyers across Western Canada. The accused do not hold AMVIC licenses or registrations.

Spot a curber

Curbers are often anxious to make a sale.

You might find their phone number used on multiple ads for different vehicles-legitimate private sellers usually only have one vehicle for sale.

You can search AMVIC's database to find out if the person or business you are dealing with is licensed. If you cannot find who you are dealing with, you can call AMVIC to be certain.

"Once the deal is complete, curbers frequently disappear along with their contact information," Bachinski said.

However, when you are dealing with a licensed business or registered salesperson, you will have more protections.

Compensation Fund

AMVIC has a compensation fund that helps consumers who have suffered a loss from an AMVIC-licensed business that is not financially viable. Consumers can make claims up to $25,000 however, the loss must have occurred after the fund launched on June 30, 2011.

About AMVIC: The Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council (AMVIC) is the automotive regulator authorized by the Minister of Service Alberta to enforce and administer the following legislation in relation to automotive business: the Fair Trading Act; the Automotive Business Regulation; the Cost of Credit Disclosure Regulation, and the Internet Sales Contract Regulation. AMVIC's mandate is to provide consumer protection in Alberta's motor vehicle industry. AMVIC publishes valuable information and tips for consumers, businesses and salespeople at www.amvic.org.

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