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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.
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?
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
| Butler Auto & R.V. Centre |
142 Tranquille Road
| Dearborn Motors Ltd |
2555 E Trans Canada Hwy
| Denco's New Frontier Auction |
1300 Chief Louis Way
| George's Preowned Vehicles |
1271F Salish Road
| Heartbeat Motors |
1006 8th Street
| Jubilee RV Centre |
1302 Salish Road, Suite B
| Kamloops Auto Sales |
1271 F Salish Road
| Kamloops Autorama & RV Ltd. |
904 Victoria St
| Kamloops Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ltd |
2525 E Trans Can Hwy
| Kamloops Ford Lincoln Ltd |
880 8th St
| Kamloops Honda Cars |
1308 Josep Way
| Kamloops Hyundai / |
A Division of Kamloops Truck World Ltd.
341 West Victoria St
| Kamloops Kia |
2575 East Trans Canada Hwy
| Kamloops Mazda |
2595 East Trans Canada Hwy
| Kamloops Select Auto |
1683 East Trans Canada Hwy
| Mt. Paul Auto Sales |
189 Royal Ave
| National Tilden Car & Truck Sales & Leasing |
174 West Victoria St
| Platinum Ride Auto |
276 Halston Road
| Rebel Auto Sales & Service Ltd. |
663 W. Sarcee St
| Red Sea Auto & Sales |
408 Paul Lake Road, Suite B
| River City Nissan Ltd. |
2405 East Trans Canada Hwy
| Rivershore Chrysler Jeep |
2477 East Trans Canada Hwy
| Saturn of Kamloops Ltd |
2483 E Trans Canada Hwy
| Smith Chevrolet Cadillac Ltd. |
950 Notre Dame Drive
| South Thompson Motors & R.V. |
2449 East Trans Canada Hwy
| Sun Country Toyota |
1355 Cariboo Place
| Topline Vehicle Centre Ltd |
2393 East Trans Canada Hwy
| Totem City Motors |
1328 McGill Road
| Tru Market Truck and Auto Sales Ltd |
260 West Victoria St
| Yellowhead Distributors (1977) Ltd. |
746 Carrier St
| Zimmer Wheaton Pontiac Buick GMC Ltd. |
685 Notre Dame Drive