The short answer to this question is that AMVIC stands for the Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council. The long answer? AMVIC is an automotive regulator, authorized by the Minister of Service Alberta, which enforces and regulates car dealerships across the province to follow legislation within the automotive industry. The medium answer? They stand up for the little guy!
At its most basic, AMVIC helps ensure that you’re buying a vehicle from a trusted source, instead of some shady salesman who smacks the roof of a car and tries to sell you on that sweet tape deck. The best places to purchase a vehicle in Alberta are AMVIC-certified—like our dealership! How can you make sure you’re buying a vehicle from an AMVIC-certified dealership or seller? Make sure you follow these guidelines so you know you’re dealing with a licensed, registered, and professional vendor to protect yourself financially.
Find & verify their AMVIC license
If a vendor is AMVIC-certified, they’ll let you know. When you step inside a dealership, make sure to find their AMVIC license displayed somewhere on the walls of their showroom. Another way to check if a vendor is certified is by searching for their business name, licence number, or address on the AMVIC online registry search tool.
Look for advertisements displaying the AMVIC logo
Not only will dealerships let you know they’re AMVIC certified, but they’ll proudly advertise it through multiple mediums as well. For example, if you scroll to the very bottom of our website, you can see the AMVIC logo right beside our dealership logo on the left side. Openly advertising AMVIC certification —from a dealership/seller’s perspective— demonstrates their willingness to be transparent with customers so you can have peace of mind when buying a vehicle from them.
All-in Pricing is the law
Did you know that car dealerships and private sellers are required by provincial law to sell their vehicles without any hidden fees? AMVIC-certified vendors will only charge you the price for the vehicle, plus GST—no exceptions. If a seller is asking for weird administration or documentation fees, it’s best to walk away and even file a complaint with AMVIC to let them know.
Look out for curbers
Curbers (short for curbsiders) are automotive sales businesses operating without a required AMVIC sales license. Curbers also differ from private sellers because they’re often selling
damaged, stolen, or odometer-tampered vehicles and turning it into a business. To protect yourself from buying a vehicle from a curber, you should always ensure the vehicle is registered to the owner, ask for a vehicle history report, insist on getting the car inspected, and use a proper bill of sale. If a vendor denies you any of these things, always be prepared to walk away because it’s just not worth the risk.
Hopefully, you now know why dealing with an AMVIC-certified seller makes all the difference when buying a new or used vehicle. If you have any other questions or concerns about AMVIC certification, or even our own certification, make sure to let us as Great West Chrysler know!