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Buying a used car - some basic questions

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Buying a used car - some basic questions

I'm buying a used car off of a friend. Have a few questions.

What should it cost for a safety inspection? This is a 2014 Kia with 80k km, so nothing exotic. Any suggestions for a mechanic in Burlington to do it?

Where can I get a Redbook value - other than the UVIP. I'm getting a deal so I'm probably looking at the wholesale price being higher than the transaction price. If it's worthwhile I'd look at getting an appraisal, but that's a cost in time and money.

The tires are original and getting low on tread. Any issues with getting the safety done on snow tires? I'm buying them anyway for the winter.

How long is a safety certificate good for? Same on UVIP?
Thanks in advance,
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No issues getting safety with winters so long as tread depth is ok and whit in the date range.
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Sum_guy wrote: I'm buying a used car off of a friend. Have a few questions.

What should it cost for a safety inspection? This is a 2014 Kia with 80k km, so nothing exotic. Any suggestions for a mechanic in Burlington to do it?

Where can I get a Redbook value - other than the UVIP. I'm getting a deal so I'm probably looking at the wholesale price being higher than the transaction price. If it's worthwhile I'd look at getting an appraisal, but that's a cost in time and money.

The tires are original and getting low on tread. Any issues with getting the safety done on snow tires? I'm buying them anyway for the winter.

How long is a safety certificate good for? Same on UVIP?
Thanks in advance,
https://www.myusedcar.ca/buying-a-used- ... ario-uvip/
https://www.myusedcar.ca/buying-a-used- ... ification/
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Sum_guy wrote: I'm buying a used car off of a friend. Have a few questions.

What should it cost for a safety inspection? This is a 2014 Kia with 80k km, so nothing exotic. Any suggestions for a mechanic in Burlington to do it?

Where can I get a Redbook value - other than the UVIP. I'm getting a deal so I'm probably looking at the wholesale price being higher than the transaction price. If it's worthwhile I'd look at getting an appraisal, but that's a cost in time and money.

The tires are original and getting low on tread. Any issues with getting the safety done on snow tires? I'm buying them anyway for the winter.

How long is a safety certificate good for? Same on UVIP?
Thanks in advance,
Best place for price is to look at private sales on autotrader/kijiji.
Also https://www.canadianblackbook.com/
http://www.vmrcanada.com/

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