A vehicle history report can tell you a lot about a car you're thinking of buying, such as whether it has been damaged or stolen.
You should be aware that some people may try to sell water-damaged vehicles at bargain prices.
Spot signs of trouble by following our inspection checklist. If you're serious about the vehicle, we strongly recommend having it inspected by a professional mechanic.
Inflated prices, hidden damage, mechanical problems, liens, impulse buys-we've all heard the horror stories. But buying a used car doesn't have to be that way. By following our recommended steps, you can get an excellent vehicle for a decent price.
When you buy from a licensed dealer and salesperson, you obtain certain protections. Learn more about car dealers' responsibilities and get tips on how to recognize an unlicensed dealer posing as a private seller: Vehicle Sales Authority of British Columbia.
After arranging payment of the vehicle, you and the seller must complete and sign in full a Transfer/Tax Form (electronic signatures are not accepted). Then, return the completed Transfer/Tax forms plus the seller's vehicle registration to any Autoplan broker. You can complete the transfer of ownership transaction at the broker's office.
See Transfer/Tax Form. This is a sample only. You can fill out an electronic version of the Transfer/Tax Form or pick up a paper version from any Autoplan broker.
Once the vehicle is registered in your name, you can get licence plates and insurance for it.
If you are buying or importing a vehicle or giving or receiving a gift vehicle there may be provincial sales tax applicable and exemptions may apply. Find out more in English, Chinese or Punjabi.
If you have more questions, talk to your
Autoplan broker or read the
B.C. Government bulletin on vehicle tax.
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