Used Vehicle Information Package – What You Should Know About

The Used Vehicle Information Package provides a detailed history of any registered vehicle in Ontario – car, truck, bus or motorcycle. It also guides you through the process of selling and buying your car and helps you understand your rights and responsibilities. Find out how it could help you in buying used cars in Toronto if you are a buyer and what you need to do to get it as a seller.

If you are buying a used car in Ontario the Used Vehicle Information Package (VIP) will give you information:

• Make, model, body type and year of manufacture of used car you are going to buy.

• The status of the vehicle, which could be:

– Suspended (In such case no transactions with the vehicle will be processed. It could be suspended for things like a contravention of a Highway Traffic Act.)

– Unfit (The vehicle may be mechanically unfit. Just if a Safety Standards Certificate is provided licence plates can be attached to such vehicle.)

– Wrecked (The vehicle is completely crushed. Licence plates cannot be attached to the vehicle and it cannot be used on any public road. )

• About seller identity – it will help you to be sure if the person selling the vehicle is the same as the name on the vehicle registration form.

• If the vehicle has been branded, that may affect future use of the vehicle.

• If the vehicle is recorded as stolen.

• About the vehicle’s odometer reading last provided to the ministry.

• Any outstanding debts registered against the vehicle.

• Number of times the vehicle has been transferred.

If you are selling a used car in Ontario privately you must purchase Used Vehicle Information Package, show it to your prospective buyers, and give it to the buyer when the deal is completed. You can buy Used Vehicle Information Package online using the Service Ontario Driver and Vehicle Online Services or in any Driver and Vehicle Licence Issuing Office. You will be asked to provide driver’s licence number or registration number, vehicle identification number or license plate number during ordering process.

If you have found a buyer finalize the deal in these steps:

1. Write down your name, signature, name of buyer, date and purchase price into the “Bill of Sale” field in the Used VIP.

2. Sign the Application for Transfer.

3. Give the Used VIP to the buyer.

4. Keep your licence plates of the vehicle registration permit.

5. Notify the ministry that the vehicle has been sold.

Thinking of Buying a Classic Mustang Or Vintage Car? Read This Important Information First

The Classic Car Buyers Guide

You’ve always dreamed that one day, you’d be able to finally be able to buy that classic Ford Mustang. Well, if your day has finally arrived, then the reality of needing to know exactly how to find the very best car, has also likely come to mind.

So what exactly constitutes a good deal in a vintage car? After all, you don’t just walk into your local Ford dealership, pick your favorite color and sign on the dotted line. Not usually anyways. Instead of looking at available options and who has the best warranty, you’ll need to know a whole new gamut of questions and why you need to ask them.

For example:

How long ago was the motor rebuilt?

Has this car been restored completely to factory original?

Are the floor pans rusty or have they been replaced?

Is this an original V8 Mustang or was it converted from a six cylinder engine.

There are several reasons for these questions and others, when evaluating a vintage Mustang, Mustang Cobra or, frankly any older classic car. There are two main considerations, assuming you are not simply buying yourself a project car. The first consideration, for any older or vintage car, is determining if all necessary mechanical pieces been repaired or replaced to ensure road safety and guarantee that you will pass any required local mechanical inspections needed for licensing.

The second reason is to help determine the value of the car. For example, a six cylinder Ford Mustang that’s in identical shape as the same vintage car powered by a V8, always costs less. Pony car buyers tend to associate the V8 engine with the Mustang and that bumps the price upwards. Cars with the V8 are becoming more rare and that has caused their price to go up even more.

So, enterprising mechanics and enthusiasts have started converting these less desired cars to a V8 engine. This tends to put the price somewhere between a genuine car and an inline 6 cylinder car. Here’s some other guidelines. A convertible, just like when they were new, is more expensive and desirable than a coupe. A fastback or sports roof (same thing) is more expensive than a coupe, but possibly not more than a convertible. So all other things being equal, a six cylinder Ford Mustang coupe would be the least expensive classic pony car.

Some people prefer all original low mileage cars over a restored car. Depending on how rare the car is, this could bring the car up or down in price.

Many areas have special low insurance rates for a collector car or antique car. Typically, to qualify, the car must be completely original, no custom wheels, no lowering, no big pipes or tires hanging out. So if that’s your plan, make sure you check your local regulations before you buy. Then you can educate yourself as to what needs to be there in order for your new car to qualify.

Whew! Not so simple. But let’s not get bogged down in too many details. If we set out some specific guidelines, then we can skip some steps. Most importantly, start looking at Mustang pictures, on the internet, and the library and magazine racks.

Decide what vintages and styles of pony car you like and forget the rest. Is a V8 important or are you mostly interested in finding a nice looking, well running solid car? Is your primary interest, an ultra high performance car. Do you want a classic design with a modern power train, upgraded brakes and suspension? If you answered yes, to the last question, then your choice is now commonly known as a Restomod.

Once you’ve come to a decision, it’s simply a matter of making sure you’ve checked the mechanical details or hired a qualified mechanic who’s up for the job and comparing similar Mustangs for the best combination of, exterior condition, mechanical shape and price.

Use this guide along with online resources to help you know which years had which options, engines and which features are important and you’ll be cruising in style in no time.

What Are Brands in a Used Vehicle Information Package (UVIP) for?

Unlike most countries, car plates in Ontario are associated with the car’s owner, not with the car itself. Instead, cars are identified through their serial number, or what’s more technically called its VIN, or the Vehicle Identification Number. The VIN, in turn, is associated with a car’s UVIP, or the Used Vehicle Information Package, which chronicles the history and other pertinent details of the car in question.

The UVIP will serve as primary reference when it comes to verifying that a car is still in good shape.

The document contains information about the car’s plate number, VIN, year and make, model, original colour, its body type, and other miscellaneous information. These bits of information are important in identifying a motor vehicle,. However, the real value of the UVIP is in the “auxiliary” information that it contains.

This “auxiliary” information includes the vehicle’s registration history in Ontario, its brand, odometer readings, lien information, the value of the vehicle’s model and year, sales tax obligations, the bill of sale and some bit of advice regarding safety inspections. These are what a potential used car buyer must carefully read before considering a particular vehicle for purchase. In this paper, we will give special attention to the most important piece of information: The Brand.

What’s the Brand?

The brand of the car should be the first thing that a potential buyer must check. By saying “brand”, we refer to a special designation that is given to a particular vehicle by the Ministry of Transportation. This term must not be confused with “make and model”, which refers to the car’s manufacturer and the car’s design.

There are four kinds of brands in Ontario: Irreparable, Salvage, Rebuilt, and None.

Irreparable cars are vehicles that were totaled, and are useful only for spare parts. It is illegal to drive such a car in Ontario. Salvage cars are like Irreparable cars, except that they may be sent to a mechanic so that they can be fixed and driven on Ontarian roads again, subject to the approval of the Ministry of Transportation. Take note, however, that Salvage cars will be classified as Rebuilt upon passing inspection. Thus, Salvage cars cannot be driven, unless reclassified to the said category.

Ideally, one must ensure that the used car for sale has “None” as its brand in the UVIP. More often than not, the car has never been in a collision if given this kind of brand. While there are many other things to check in order to ensure that the car you’re buying will be worth it, knowing that a car has no negative brand helps a lot in trimming down the list of candidates.

What’s the Catch?

However, “None” does not exactly mean that a car never had an accident in the past, as there are many grey areas behind this classification. According to Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation, these complicating factors include a) the car might have had an accident OUTSIDE of Ontario, b) the car might have been rebuilt prior to the 31st of March 2003, c) the damaged incurred is not serious enough to classify it into the other categories.

If you are planning to purchase a car that was manufactured prior to 2003, a more comprehensive inspection may be needed. This is because the UVIP is practically useless in as far as its brand information on the car. This is because the law that established the branding system was still in the making during that time.

Do not rely to heavily on brand information in gauging the fitness of a motor vehicle. As was stated, the brand refers only to the vehicle’s history on Ontario roads. Thus, due to jurisdictional limitations, it does not cover the car’s affair in foreign lands – which includes neighboring provinces.