25 fact sheets on specific subjects, including links to other online resources. Fact sheets provide general information and are not intended to be legal advice.
The Buying Process
Negative Equity PDF: 303 kB
Negative Equity… or when you owe more on your loan than your car is worth.
What are my rights? PDF: 303 kB
Know your rights as a buyer of a personal use vehicle at a licensed motor dealer.
Vehicle Returns PDF: 303 kB
You bought a vehicle, but no longer like it. Can you return it? Find out in this Fact Sheet.
Vehicle History Reports PDF: 303 kB
Learn about the importance of getting a vehicle history report and the three primary vehicle history report suppliers to choose from.
Lease-end Buy-out PDF: 303 kB
What you need to know at the end of your lease.
Deposits PDF: 303 kB
Everything you need to know about deposits and the importance of written deposit agreements.
Understanding Dealer Fees PDF: 303 kB
Find out what documentation and administration fees mean, and when they are legal.
Understanding Distance Sales Contracts PDF: 303 kB
What is a distance sales contract and what are your rights and obligations.
Is there a right to inspect? PDF: 303 kB
What you need to know if you have ordered a vehicle for delivery.
Resolve a Problem
How to Resolve a Dispute PDF: 309 kB
Tips on solving your dispute without the assistance of the VSA.
What to expect when you make a consumer complaint to the VSA about a licensed motor dealer or broker agent.
Claim Process – Compensation Fund PDF: 303 kB
Find out if you are eligible to make a claim and what to expect after you file a claim to the Motor Dealer Customer Compensation Fund (MDCCF).
Access to Information PDF: 303 kB
Find out how to request access to information and what to expect from the process.
Complaint, Claim or Court Action PDF: 303 kB
Find out if you should resolve your dispute by filing a complaint with the VSA or through court action.
Other places to go for help PDF: 303 kB
A list of sources you can turn to for consumer assistance as well as legal advice and referrals.
Legal Resources PDF: 309 kB
Where to go for legal advice and referrals.
Manufacturer Disputes PDF: 303 kB
Where to go for help if you have a dispute with a manufacturer.
The Role of the VSA
Vehicles under the Jurisdiction of the VSA PDF: 304 kB
Find out if your vehicle falls within the jurisdiction of the VSA.
Legislative Authority of the VSA PDF: 310 kB
The VSA does not have jurisdiction over all transactions. Find out why.
The VSA and Curbers PDF: 303 kB
What the VSA is doing to stop curbers.
Personal use of a vehicle defined PDF: 309 kB
The jurisdiction of the VSA is limited to vehicles used primarily for personal use. Find out what that means.
Compensation Fund Use of Vehicle Defined PDF: 310 kB
Eligibility from the compensation fund is limited to vehicles used primarily for personal use. Find out what that means.
Consignment Vehicle Sales PDF: 303 kB
What you need to know if you decide to sell or buy a vehicle on consignment.
New, Used, or Demo? PDF: 303 kB
Learn about the conditions that describe whether a vehicle is considered new, used, or a demonstration vehicle.
What is odometer fraud? PDF: 303 kB
What is legal and illegal regarding odometers.
Understanding fuel consumption ratings PDF: 303 kB
How fuel consumption ratings are set and how to use them.
Vehicle Recall Resources PDF: 303 kB
How to check your vehicle for recalls.