On October 25 the Alberta Government announced that it would be placing some new rules, to ensure consumers in the auto market are protected when buying a new vehicle, or maintaining and repairing their current one.

Service Alberta Minister Brian Malkinson says these new rules will help buyers make a more informed decision.

"It's about creating consistency across the industry so that consumers can be confident that wherever they go, they have the same options available. The new rules are about increasing transparency, helping Albertan's make informed decisions. Starting next week, dealers will be required to inform buyers of the history and condition of the vehicle."

Starting on October 31, the auto industry will need to follow these new regulations.

Firstly, dealerships will need to be prepared to offer customers a full service record and history report of the car.

This includes records of previous accidents, or any usage of the vehicle in the service industry (for instance, if the car was used in a taxi fleet).

Next, automotive repair facilities will need to provide an estimate of service and part replacements if the customer requests them and will also need the customers consent before making any repairs or part replacements.

Dealerships will also need to remove any outstanding vehicles liens within seven days of a sale.

In addition, dealerships will need to remove any advertising of a sold vehicle within two weeks of the sale, so customers aren't drawn in by previous prices.

Malkinson says these changes will ensure a healthier automotive market for both consumers and businesses.

"Buying or fixing a car, should not be an intimidating experience and the changes that we have made will make it so that Albertan's will feel more confident when they spend their hard earned money to repair, or purchase a new vehicle."


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