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Dealer vs Private Sales

AB Car Sales: A Member of the Motor Dealer Council

On behalf of everyone at AB Car Sales in Kamloops, BC, we would like to thank you for visiting our website. As a Used Vehicle Dealer we are a member of the Motor Dealer Council (MDC) and are required to adhere to a particular code of ethics. Mandatory safety inspections ensure only safe vehicles are on the road, which will reduce costly and tragic accidents. MDC members are required to abide by advertising standards that cover such areas as product claims, disclosure of financing terms and conditions, and word usage in advertisements.

Before buying a vehicle, you should ensure that you are buying from a licensed salesperson working at a licensed dealership. The MDC represents an innovative and alternative approach to the administration of the Motor Dealer Act. With consumer protection at the forefront, the MDC regulates more than 1,700 motor dealers and over 6,500 sales professionals. The goal of MDC is to create a successful marketplace for both consumers and the motor dealer industry.

A used vehicle can be the second largest purchase of a person's life. To make sure you're getting the best value possible, take the time to explore your options. Listed below are many tips and questions about car dealerships and private sales. Consider the market. Your choices include New and Used Car Dealerships, Used Only Dealerships, or Private Sales through newspapers or other resources.

New and Used Car Dealerships

A dealer's reputation is your best guarantee if things go wrong. They can also offer you some type of warranty on a used vehicle. If the dealership sells new vehicles make sure the dealer is licensed through the Province and the Canadian Auto Dealers Association (CADA). CADA members are required to adhere to a particular code of ethics. Mandatory safety inspections are required on all vehicles to ensure only safe vehicles are on the road. This reduces costly and tragic accidents. Be wary of dealerships who make exaggerated claims in their advertising. CADA members are required to abide by advertising standards that cover such areas as product claims, disclosure of financing terms and conditions, and word usage in advertisements. Vehicles at a CADA member whether obtained through trade-ins or purchased at auction, have been lien searched, investigated, safety inspected, reconditioned and thoroughly cleaned before being placed on the lot for sale. They generally know the service history of the vehicle, and in most cases offer a warranty or service agreement.

Unlicensed Dealers: Be wary of unlicensed dealers, also known as "curbers." Some curbers alter the odometer, fail to do any lien searches, and misrepresent the vehicle's history. If you do purchase from an unlicensed dealer you could lose the vehicle and your money. Curbers may also pose as private sellers. Watch for advertisements listed in newspapers with the same phone number.

Used Only Dealers

Again, their reputation is on the line and in most cases they can offer you some type of limited warranty. Also, make sure the dealer belongs to some type of motor dealer council and adheres to its code of ethics.

Private Sales

Buying privately offers the advantage of being able to negotiate a low price, but the risks can be significant. Take care not to be taken by a dishonest seller. If you purchase a stolen vehicle you could lose your money and your vehicle. In any private sale be sure to check the following:

  • Insist on seeing the vehicle at the driver's residence. Vehicle thieves may deal with you by cellular phone and insist on bringing the vehicle to you.
  • Ask yourself if the seller suits the vehicle.
  • Ask for identification and match the address with the location on the vehicle registration form.
  • Examine the vehicle identification number (VIN) plate for tampering, and match the VIN with the registration form and the Federal Standards Sticker (usually found on the driver's door post).
  • Beware if the vehicle price is too good to be true or if the seller is too easy to deal with, insists on cash, needs payment right away or says they are selling the vehicle for a friend. Don't let yourself be rushed.

Choosing a Salesperson

If you do decide to purchase your next vehicle at a dealership consider this advice about choosing the salesperson you want to do business with. Do you feel comfortable dealing with them? Are they relaxed and open? Do they answer all of your questions in a straight forward manner? Do they return your phone calls in a timely fashion?

MDC Members

Purchasing a vehicle from a credible dealer like us can save you time and money, and you'll have peace of mind knowing that you're dealing with people who stand behind what they sell and will be there when you need them. Consider your options when you head out to purchase your next vehicle. Make an informed decision and you'll enjoy a satisfying experience and years of trouble-free driving.

We would like to thank-you for visiting our web site and invite you to browse our Used Vehicle Inventory. Our used vehicle inventory also gives you the option to compare vehicles side-by-side in the comfort of your home or office. Simply select a vehicle then click "Compare," and select another vehicle of your choice for comparison. This will give you the opportunity to view specifications about similar vehicles side-by-side in the comfort of your home or office. If the vehicle you are looking for is not listed there, then please feel free to search our Buying Group Database. If you feel that you are unable to locate the vehicle that is right for you and you must look elsewhere, for your safety and protection please consider shopping at another MDC member in our area. Used car dealerships of Kamloops are listed below for your benefit.

Located in Kamloops, BC, AB Car Sales is here to satisfy all of your vehicle needs. Come see us for a test drive. We would love to meet you in person.

Kamloops Car and Auto Dealerships

Advantage Auto Ltd.
1335 Dalhousie Drive, Suite 1
Kamloops, BC
V2C5P6
250-377-3003
  Butler Auto & R.V. Centre
142 Tranquille Road
Kamloops, BC
V2B3G1
250-554-2518
 
Dearborn Motors Ltd
2555 E Trans Canada Hwy
Kamloops, BC
V2C4B1
250-372-7101
Denco's New Frontier Auction
1300 Chief Louis Way
Kamloops, BC
V2H1J8
250-372-0560
 
George's Preowned Vehicles
1271F Salish Road
Kamloops, BC
V2H1P6
250-851-0533
Heartbeat Motors
1006 8th Street
Kamloops, BC
V2B 2X8
250-318-5522
 
Jubilee RV Centre
1302 Salish Road, Suite B
Kamloops, BC
V2H1J9
250-372-0600
Kamloops Auto Sales
1271 F Salish Road
Kamloops, BC
V2H 1P6
250-851-0533
 
Kamloops Autorama & RV Ltd.
904 Victoria St
Kamloops, BC
V2B7E7
250-374-8900
Kamloops Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ltd
2525 E Trans Can Hwy
Kamloops, BC
V2C4A9
250-374-4477
 
Kamloops Ford Lincoln Ltd
880 8th St
Kamloops, BC
V2B2X5
250-376-7266
Kamloops Honda Cars
1308 Josep Way
Kamloops, BC
V2H1N6
250-374-2688
 
Kamloops Hyundai /
A Division of Kamloops Truck World Ltd.

341 West Victoria St
Kamloops, BC
V2C1A5
250-851-9380
Kamloops Kia
2575 East Trans Canada Hwy
Kamloops, BC
V2C4A9
250-372-1542
 
Kamloops Mazda
2595 East Trans Canada Hwy
Kamloops, BC
V2C4A9
250-828-1777
Kamloops Select Auto
1683 East Trans Canada Hwy
Kamloops, BC
V2C3Z5
250-374-2414
 
Mt. Paul Auto Sales
189 Royal Ave
Kamloops, BC
V2B8J6
250-376-8870
National Tilden Car & Truck Sales & Leasing
174 West Victoria St
Kamloops, BC
V2C1A4
250-374-5737
 
Platinum Ride Auto
276 Halston Road
Kamloops, BC
V2H1N6
250-372-2721
Rebel Auto Sales & Service Ltd.
663 W. Sarcee St
Kamloops, BC
V2H1E4
250-314-2006
 
Red Sea Auto & Sales
408 Paul Lake Road, Suite B
Kamloops, BC
V2H1J8
250-374-1920
River City Nissan Ltd.
2405 East Trans Canada Hwy
Kamloops, BC
V2C4A9
250-377-3800
 
Rivershore Chrysler Jeep
2477 East Trans Canada Hwy
Kamloops, BC
V2C4A9
250-372-5588
Saturn of Kamloops Ltd
2483 E Trans Canada Hwy
Kamloops, BC
V2C4A9
250-374-3000
 
Smith Chevrolet Cadillac Ltd.
950 Notre Dame Drive
Kamloops, BC
V2C6J2
250-372-2551
South Thompson Motors & R.V.
2449 East Trans Canada Hwy
Kamloops, BC
V2C4A9
250-374-4949
 
Sun Country Toyota
1355 Cariboo Place
Kamloops, BC
V2C 5Z3
250-828-7966
Topline Vehicle Centre Ltd
2393 East Trans Canada Hwy
Kamloops, BC
V2C4A8
250-374-7899
 
Totem City Motors
1328 McGill Road
Kamloops, BC
V2C6N6
250-828-1560
Tru Market Truck and Auto Sales Ltd
260 West Victoria St
Kamloops, BC
V2C1A4
250-314-0888
 
Yellowhead Distributors (1977) Ltd.
746 Carrier St
Kamloops, BC
V2H1G2
250-374-6949
Zimmer Wheaton Pontiac Buick GMC Ltd.
685 Notre Dame Drive
Kamloops, BC
V2C5N7
250-374-1135