What can I do if I bought from a licensed dealer and I have a problem?
How do I file a complaint with the VSA?
- Complete a VSA Consumer Complaint Form 287 kB
- File your complaint form by email, mail, fax or in person
- Complaint review will begin only when a fully completed form and the required supporting documents are received at the VSA.
What are the steps in the complaint process?
- Complaint review will begin only when a fully completed VSA Consumer Complaint Form 287 kB and the required supporting documents are received at the VSA
- Once complete, your complaint will be reviewed to see if the VSA has jurisdiction and grounds to investigate
- If your complaint qualifies, it will be sent to the dealer for their response and you will be notified that a complaint investigation has started
- The dealer will be given 10 business days to provide the VSA a response to your complaint. If a dealer response is received by the VSA, it will be shared with you.
- The length of the investigation will vary based on how complex it is and VSA staff resources
- During the investigation, the VSA will contact you as needed
- The VSA will notify you in writing about the outcome of your complaint and your options if you disagree with the results of the investigation.
What conditions must be met for the VSA to investigate a complaint?
- The dealer was licensed at the time of your consumer transaction
- The vehicle that is the reason for your complaint was purchased primarily for personal use. See the Use of the Vehicle Fact Sheet 287 kB .
- You must provide the reasons for your complaint
- Allegations against the dealer must be within the authority of the VSA to investigate
- You must read and agree to the terms of service
- If the dealer is no longer in business, but was licensed at the time of your consumer transaction, you may file a claim for compensation from the Motor Dealer Customer Compensation Fund
What will happen if the VSA cannot act on my complaint?
What is the role of the VSA when investigating and reviewing a complaint?
- The VSA gathers and reviews evidence to determine if there has been a breach of the legislation administered by the VSA. See the Legislative Authority of the VSA Fact Sheet 287 kB
- The VSA must act in an impartial manner, as required by the legal principle of procedural fairness
- The VSA is not an advocate for a consumer, a dealer or a salesperson
Can I file a complaint with the VSA and go to court at the same time?
- The VSA cannot conduct investigations under the Business Practice and Consumer Protection Act (BPCPA) while court action is ongoing
- If court action is started, the VSA will suspend any investigation and wait for the decision of the court
- In general, the VSA cannot make a decision under the BPCPA that is different than a decision of the court
- However, as a result of a court decision, the actions and business practices of a dealer or salesperson may be reviewed by the VSA under the Motor Dealer Act
Why is my private information being collected?
- Your information is needed for your complaint to be evaluated and investigated
- Your information is needed for administrative action to be taken
- Your information and statements may be shared with the dealership
- Complaints that result in a Decision of the Registrar or a Compliance Undertaking will be published on this website
Can you provide information about my complaint to another person?
- The VSA will provide information about your complaint to another person only if you provide consent
- Unless the person is already your legal representative, you must complete an Authorization for Release of Personal Information and Records Form 288 kB (Consumer Complaint)
What am I agreeing to if I send in a signed VSA Consumer Complaint Form?
- You are agreeing to the use of your information for investigative and statistical purposes
- You are agreeing that the information is true and accurate to the best of your knowledge
- You are agreeing that, if the information you provide is a part of a formal decision, it may be posted on the this website