If you are considering selling a used vehicle in Ontario, you will need to purchase a Used Vehicle Information Package (UVIP). To keep things simple, a Used Vehicle Information Package is a report that contains a detailed description of the history of a vehicle.
This package can help to give buyers peace of mind when it comes to purchasing a used vehicle. But let’s go into some more details about what is included in an Information Package and how you can obtain one.
What is in a Used Vehicle Information Package?
When you sell a pre-owned vehicle in Ontario, you need to provide the buyer with a UVIP (Used Vehicle Information Package). In this package, you will find a detailed description of the history of the vehicle. Information found within the package includes:
- A detailed description of the vehicle, including make, model, year, colour, power, body type, and so forth.
- A registration history of the vehicle detailing the odometer reading and previous owner history
- Any liens that may be placed on the vehicle (money owning against the vehicle)
- The average wholesale value of the vehicle in its current condition
- RST information
- The current condition of the vehicle and whether or not it has met safety standards
- Bill of sale
Who is required to purchase a Used Vehicle Information Package?
When a used vehicle is being sold and bought, it is the obligation of the seller to purchase a Used Vehicle Information Package. Under the Highway Traffic Act, this is required, and failing to provide a UVIP is considered an offence.
A UVIP must be purchased to sell any car, van, motor-home, light truck, or motorcycle.
Failing to provide a UVIP could result in fines ranging anywhere between $100-$1000 depending on whether it is a first or second offence.
Are there any exemptions?
Yes. There are some cases where you can sell a pre-owned vehicle and do not require a Used Vehicle Information Package. If you are selling your vehicle to a family member or transferring ownership to a family member, you do not need to purchase a Used Vehicle Information Package. You also do not need to buy a package if you are donating your vehicle to a charity.
If you are a registered used car dealer, you do not have to purchase a UVIP to sell pre-owned vehicles.
Where can I purchase a Used Vehicle Information Package?
You can order your Used Vehicle Information Package online or at any Service Ontario location. When you purchase online, you can generally expect to receive your package within five days in the mail.
To apply for a UVIP, you will need your licence plate number, VIN (Vehicle Identification Number), and Ontario’s Driver Licence Number. Alternatively, you can use your name and address.
In conclusion, if you are selling a used vehicle and are not considered a registered car dealer, you must provide the seller with a Used Vehicle Information Package.
The package costs around $20 (subject to change) and can be delivered to you within five days. Remember, this is mandatory, and it is illegal to sell a used vehicle without one unless you meet any of the exemption rules.