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Buying a used card from private seller

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Dec 5, 2020
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Buying a used card from private seller

Hi all,

I just got my license recently, I am looking for a used car from private seller in Ontario. I was wondering do we need to request safety standard certificate from seller to transfer vehicle ownership?

If seller is not willing to do that, what should I do to get the certificate? Because I understand that we only can pick the car up after register it and have a valid plate sticker.

Hope you guys can help me out here. Thank you!
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hopeneverdie wrote: Hi all,

I just got my license recently, I am looking for a used car from private seller in Ontario. I was wondering do we need to request safety standard certificate from seller to transfer vehicle ownership?

If seller is not willing to do that, what should I do to get the certificate? Because I understand that we only can pick the car up after register it and have a valid plate sticker.

Hope you guys can help me out here. Thank you!
You can buy the car with or without the Safety standard certificate but you need the Safety standard certificate to permanently register it for use on public roads.

You can try to work it into the deal that the private seller provides the certificate. If the seller is unwilling to get the certificate and you really want the car then you can buy the car and take it to a shop of your choice to get the certificate. Look for shops in your area that provide the safety certificate.
I also suggest to get the car inspected by a mechanic before making an offer so you have an idea of all the things that need to be repaired to pass the safety standard test and can negotiate further with the seller.

To register the car without a safety standard certificate you’ll need to activate your Ontario car insurance and take the UVIP to the MTO. You'll get a new plate and temporary ‘T’ sticker which allows you to drive the car on the road for 10 days which can be extended once. You can use this time to drive the car around to get repairs and the safety certificate. With the safety certificate you can then return to the MTO for a permanent sticker.
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CuriousJack wrote: 1. I would not buy a used car privately if it is not certified.
2. I would not buy a used car privately without being inspected by my mechanic.
3. I would not buy a used car privately if the seller does not have a UVIP.
If you do the inspection first the mechanic can certify the vehicle. If the OP does not have a mechinic, CAA has a list of shops that will do a preset vehicle inspection which covers more than a safety inspection. Then for an additional fee they can issue a safety certificate.

In ON, one can get a temporary plate that lasts ~7¬10 days if the vehicle is currently plated. Check the ontario.ca website for details. I bought my last vehicle that way. It was out of town, paid a local CAA affiliated shop for the inspection, negotiated the purchase, put temp plates on it & drove it to my local mehanic for the safety. Then I purchased regular plates.

The OP will need insurance to plate it.or I think the option still exists to pay a high fee for a non-insured vehicle.

All this requires a seller that is motivated enough to bring the vehicle to a shop for the inspection. Sometimes offering them some $$ for their time is a worthy investment. Some sellers don't like to certify ahead of the sale because the certificate is only good for (30?) days. A motivated seller will have their mechanic do a preinspection first, line up a tentative sale, then certify just before closing the deal.
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Dude im not the OP Grinning Face With Smiling Eyes
ROYinTO wrote: If you do the inspection first the mechanic can certify the vehicle. If the OP does not have a mechinic, CAA has a list of shops that will do a preset vehicle inspection which covers more than a safety inspection. Then for an additional fee they can issue a safety certificate.

In ON, one can get a temporary plate that lasts ~7¬10 days if the vehicle is currently plated. Check the ontario.ca website for details. I bought my last vehicle that way. It was out of town, paid a local CAA affiliated shop for the inspection, negotiated the purchase, put temp plates on it & drove it to my local mehanic for the safety. Then I purchased regular plates.

The OP will need insurance to plate it.or I think the option still exists to pay a high fee for a non-insured vehicle.

All this requires a seller that is motivated enough to bring the vehicle to a shop for the inspection. Sometimes offering them some $$ for their time is a worthy investment. Some sellers don't like to certify ahead of the sale because the certificate is only good for (30?) days. A motivated seller will have their mechanic do a preinspection first, line up a tentative sale, then certify just before closing the deal.
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CuriousJack wrote: Dude im not the OP Grinning Face With Smiling Eyes
Didn't say you were. Using the "@ UserName" does not function on a mobile device & multi quotes are hell. Using OP was just easier.

Also did not notice @bubuski had posted while I was composing. Good post.
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I recently purchased a vehicle myself.

I contacted service ontario and I was advised that the vehicle can be driven with plates that are valid and registered instead of coming in getting a temporary plate. The reasoning is that they're trying to limit visits to service ontario. Note this is JUST for the temporary plate, you still have to perform the registration in person.
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ReFuGeE wrote: I recently purchased a vehicle myself.

I contacted service ontario and I was advised that the vehicle can be driven with plates that are valid and registered instead of coming in getting a temporary plate. The reasoning is that they're trying to limit visits to service ontario. Note this is JUST for the temporary plate, you still have to perform the registration in person.
Not Quite. One can only use the plates (valid & registered) on a vehicle that one no longer owns/leases.

Temporary use of plates
(3) Despite section 12, a person to whom number plates have been issued under subsection 7 (7) for a vehicle the person no longer owns or leases may affix the number plates to a similar class of vehicle that the person owns or leases where it is done in accordance with the prescribed requirements. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 11 (3).
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rcmpvet wrote: Not Quite. One can only use the plates (valid & registered) from a vehicle that one no longer owns/leases.

Temporary use of plates
(3) Despite section 12, a person to whom number plates have been issued under subsection 7 (7) for a vehicle the person no longer owns or leases may affix the number plates to a similar class of vehicle that the person owns or leases where it is done in accordance with the prescribed requirements. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 11 (3).
Thanks, good to know. I have 2 sets of plates from long departed vehicles and looking to buy privately now.
But are valid stickers (aside from current covid extension) also required? They are many years expired.
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@prod Yes the stickers must still be valid as per what is said above:

"One can only use the plates (valid & registered) from a vehicle that one no longer owns/leases."
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rcmpvet wrote: @prod Yes the stickers must still be valid as per what is said above:

"One can only use the plates (valid & registered) from a vehicle that one no longer owns/leases."
That says plates must be valid, but having to renew stickers for temporary transport would defeat the purpose of using old plates, no?
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I think the spirit of that law is to give car owners a bit of a window to sell their car, and use the valid plates (and sticker) to bring home a newly purchased car. From there you could either transfer the plates to the new car, or surrender them, get a refund for the unused portion of the sticker, and then be issued a new set of plates and a new sticker.

Or in the case of an "invalid" set of plates (with sentimental value or whatever) that you plan to have permanently on the new car, you would need to buy a sticker anyways. So you would get the sticker ahead of time, and use the newly validated plates to bring the new car home.
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Thank you guys for your advices. Good to know all.

I gonna ask the seller for car inspection and negotiate.

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