By Kevin Orchard, Wholesale Manager
The Ontario Motor Vehicles Industry Council (OMVIC) recently released a news bulletin warning Canadians about flood damaged used vehicles coming from the United States due to Hurricane Sandy. The bulletin provides some tips from the U.S. National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) on how to spot a possible flood vehicle, such as looking under the floorboard carpet for water residue or stain marks from evaporated water not related to air-conditioning pan leaks.
OMVIC’s news bulletin raises a valid point about the uncertainties that go along with buying a used vehicle from anywhere other than a reputable organization. Used car buyers often think they will get a better deal when buying a used vehicle from a private seller, however that is not always the case. Private sellers often price their vehicles according to what dealers are asking for a similar vehicle and sell it “as is.” There are no guarantees with private sales and you could experience serious and pricey issues with your vehicle within days without the option to bring it back. You typically will not be given the car’s history report and there are often hidden costs like expensive certification and emissions testing that the private seller may not pay for.
At DRIVING FORCE, every used car goes through a 120 point inspection to achieve its status as a certified used vehicle and we include a three month or 5,000 km power train warranty. We also take trade-ins, saving you the hassle of getting rid of your old vehicle. DRIVING FORCE offers vehicle financing too, so we can help you get the credit you need.
If you are looking to buy a used car, truck, SUV or van in Western Canada or the Arctic, take a look at our online used car inventory. You just might find something you like, and we promise to provide you with a stress-free and worry-free car buying experience at any one of our 16 locations, including Edmonton, Calgary, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Saskatoon, Vancouver (Langley), Fort St. John, Whitehorse and Inuvik.