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Buying a Used Vehicle in Alberta

Good used vehicles are in demand. With careful shopping, some research and a little common sense, you should be able to find a vehicle that will fit your needs.

If you are not very knowledgeable about vehicles, it's a good idea to shop with someone who is. Determine how much money you are able to pay for your vehicle. Check with the public library for the "Gold Book of Used Car Prices" and the "Canadian Red Book" to research prices. Then, visit several auto dealers, as well as checking your options in the classified ads.

Required Inspections
Provincial regulations require that vehicles:

  • Registered for the first time in Alberta undergo an Out of Province Vehicle Inspection.
  • Written-off by an insurance company be reported and undergo a Salvage Vehicle Inspection from a licensed inspection technician before re-registering.
  • Designated as non-repairable can only be sold as scrap or dismantled for parts. They cannot be re-registered.
  • Click here to locate an Alberta inspection facility in your area.

    Be a Wise Consumer
    Unless otherwise stated, used vehicles are sold "as is". This means any flaws or defects with the vehicle after the sale are the responsibility of the buyer. Do not let yourself be blinded by the reputation of a particular make or model. Even a well-made vehicle can deteriorate if it is not maintained properly.

    Concerns surrounding the misrepresentation through sales activities for automotive sales may be investigated by the Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council (AMVIC). The AMVIC toll free investigation line is 1-877-279-8200. Complaints not related to automotive sales, can be directed to Service Alberta "Consumers" investigations units in Edmonton and Calgary.

    For more information, please contact:
    Vehicle Inspection Program