New Rules Offer Better Protection to Used Vehicle Buyers

Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations (to March 31, 2014)

November 15, 2010 4:10 PM


Consumers will soon enjoy improved protection when shopping for a used vehicle.

Amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act to be introduced today, Nov. 15, will ensure that anyone shopping for a used vehicle from a dealer will get more information about the vehicle's history before they buy it.

"Gone are the days when critical information is hidden from consumers," said Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister Ramona Jennex. "The more information that is provided to consumers, the better informed they can be about their decision."

Consumers will be able to find out whether the vehicle they are considering has been significantly damaged in Canada or the
United States and will also make Nova Scotia the first province where a 'lemon' or manufacturer's buyback, is clearly labeled on the vehicle’s windshield.

Dealers who do not comply with the new regulations will be fined. Not providing a full agreement of purchase and sale will result in a $500 fine. Dealers who do not provide a vehicle's certificate of registration will be fined $1,000.

The changes to legislation will also establish a revised inspection process for 'salvage' or repairable vehicles, and set minimum standards for sales agreements.

Once this bill has passed, government will develop regulations in consultation with members of the automobile sales industry before the amendments are proclaimed.

For more tips on buying a used vehicle, visit http://www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/consumer/tipscar.asp.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     Consumers will soon enjoy greater protection when shopping

for a used vehicle.

     Amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act to be tabled today

(November 15th) will ensure that anyone shopping for a used

vehicle from a dealer will get more information about that vehicle's history.

     Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister Ramona

Jennex says these measures will help consumers make smart

choices.

     The province will work with the automotive sales industry to

develop regulations after the bill is passed.

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Media Contact: Rachel Boomer
              Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations
              902-424-2733
              E-mail: boomerra@gov.ns.ca