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Deciding to buy a new or used car in British Columbia can be a confusing process for drivers who are not familiar with vehicle registration procedures. Importing an owned vehicle from another province or country can be an even more complex process. Here are some tips for drivers looking to purchase or import a vehicle in British Columbia.
New Vehicles From a Dealership
Buying a new car from a licensed dealer is one of the best ways to make sure you are getting good value for your money. Customers buying from licensed dealers will have additional protections provided by The Motor Vehicle Sales Authority of British Columbia. This organization assists with dispute resolution between consumers and dealers and can also verify that the dealer you purchased from is licensed.
New vehicles purchased from dealers in British Columbia will need to be licensed, registered, and insured at the time of purchase. Many dealers will have an on-site insurance broker who can assist you with your paperwork so you are insured before you take your newly-bought car on the road for the first time.
Vehicles From Private Sellers
It is always a good idea to spend some extra time researching any vehicle that you buy from a private seller. Even if a used vehicle appears to be in great condition, it may have suffered damage in the past that is not immediately evident when you are looking to buy.
The best way to avoid unexpected vehicle problems when buying from a private seller is to purchase a vehicle history report from the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia. A vehicle history report will search the ICBC's registry to identify stolen vehicles as well as vehicles that have been damaged by a fire, flood, wreck, or break-in.
When you are ready to purchase a used vehicle, you will need to complete a transfer of ownership. It is the seller's job to obtain a Transfer Form APV9T from an Autoplan broker, remove his license plates, insurance, and registration, and provide you with the signed vehicle registration. After both the seller's and purchaser's section of the form are filled out, you can take them to an Autoplan broker to complete the transfer.
Vehicles From Other Provinces
Importing a vehicle from another Canadian province requires several steps, the first of which is to gather necessary documentation. If the vehicle is registered in your name, you will need the registration and a form of ID that will be accepted at an ICBC licensing office. In the process of importing the vehicle, it will undergo inspection at an inspection facility designated by the B.C. Ministry of Transportation.
After your vehicle passes inspection, the mechanics at the inspection facility will provide you with a report. Take this report and your other documentation to an ICBC licensing office to license, register, and insure the vehicle in your name.
Imported Vehicles from the U.S.
When driving a vehicle from the U.S. to British Columbia, you will need to buy an Interim Certificate of Insurance from an Autoplan broker for coverage during your trip into the province. You will also need an in-transit certificate from the state in which you purchase your vehicle. Once the Canada Border Services Agency has verified your documentation, your vehicle has passed British Columbia's safety inspection, and you have licensed and insured it within the province, you can cancel your interim insurance and your premium will be refunded.
Whether you are currently living in British Columbia or are soon moving from another province or country, getting your vehicle licensed and insured is one of the most important processes to understand. Keep these tips in mind the next time you are looking to purchase, register, or import a vehicle in British Columbia. Click here for more info about where you can register a car in your area.Share