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Buying a car? Learn how to protect yourself

Purchasing a vehicle is one of the largest investments a consumer can make. Whether you are buying a new or used vehicle, there are steps you can take to protect your investment. The Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council (OMVIC) will present an informative session on Tuesday, May 23 at 1 p.m. at the Mill Street branch of the Orangeville Public Library.

The session will include information on the differences between buying from a dealer and buying privately, what dealers must tell you about a vehicle's past use and condition, how to research a vehicle's history and what you can expect from dealer advertising. OMVIC will also present information on how to avoid illegal, unlicensed dealers who are known as "curbsiders".

OMVIC administers and enforces the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act (MVDA) on behalf of the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services. OMVIC maintains a fair and informed vehicle sales marketplace by regulating dealers and salespersons, regularly inspecting Ontario's 8,000 dealerships and 27,000 salespeople, maintaining a complaint line for consumers and conducting investigations and prosecutions.

No registration is required and light refreshments will be provided.

The Orangeville Public Library offers a wide range of programs for children, youth and adults. For more information regarding the Orangeville Public Library and upcoming events, visit or call 519-941-0610.