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Mar 30, 2020

Do You Need A Used Vehicle Information Package To Sell Your Car?

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Everything you need to know about Ontario's used vehicle information package if you are selling or buying a used car. Learn about what it is, its rules, cost, when you'll need it, and get answers to commonly asked questions.

What Is The Used Vehicle Information Package?

The used vehicle information package (UVIP) is a document needed for selling a used vehicle in Ontario. It provides a description and history of the vehicle being sold. Sellers must purchase and complete the package and give it to buyers. The package helps buyers with the purchase of a pre-owned vehicle. Its available through the Government of Ontario.

What Is Included In The Used Vehicle Information Package?

A proper vehicle information package will include the following information :

  • Vehicle details (year, make, model, horsepower, etc)
  • Vehicle registration history including all present and previous owners
  • Vehicle lien information
  • The average wholesale value of the vehicle
  • Retail Sales Tax (RST) information
  • Vehicle condition (Safety Standards Certificate)
  • Bill of sale

Is A Used Vehicle Information Package Mandatory In Ontario?

Yes, sellers of pre-owned vehicles in Ontario must provide buyers with a used vehicle information package. Under the Highway Traffic Act, it is an offence not to provide a UVIP to purchasers. If you buy or sell a vehicle without a UVIP could face fines. For the first offence, you face a fine of $100 to $500. The fine for a second conviction is $200 to $1000.

You need to provide a UVIP when selling a car, van, light truck, motorhome, or motorcycle.

Are There Used Vehicle Information Package Exemptions?

Used car with green font displaying cost on window

Yes, there are specific instances when you do not need a used vehicle information package. You do not need a UVIP if :

  • You are transferring ownership between family members.
  • You are buying a pre-owned car from a registered used car dealer.
  • You sold your vehicle outside of Ontario.
  • You are donating your vehicle to a registered charity.

How Much Is The Used Vehicle Information Package?

The cost of a used vehicle information package is $20. You can pay by credit card (VISA, MasterCard) and Interac. Sellers are expected to buy the package and provide it to the buyer.

Where Can You Get The Used Vehicle Information Package?

There are two places you can get the UVIP. You can get it online and in person.

You can order a used vehicle information package online through Service Ontario. You can order a UVIP online. You will be mailed the package within five business days.

You can also purchase a UVIP package in person at any Service Ontario centre.

What Information Do I Need to Provide To Order A Used Vehicle Information Package?

To get a used vehicle information package you will need the following information :

  1. Vehicle identification number (VIN) OR licence plate number.
  2. Ontario drivers licence number or your name and address.

What Do I Do With The Completed Used Vehicle Information Package?

The vehicle seller must provide the buyer with the used vehicle information package. You are to provide the buyer with the vehicle portion of the owners permit. The seller keeps the plate portion.

Buyers will need to UVIP to completed the used car registration process.

What’s The Difference Between The Used Vehicle Information Package vs Carfax?

The UVIP and Carfax are two different things. You need a used vehicle information package to complete the used car purchase process. Carfax or CarProof is an optional report you can purchase for a fee.

Carfax and CarProof provide a vehicle history report. It gives your information about :

  1. If the car has been in an accident.
  2. If the car has been stolen.
  3. If there are safety recalls on the vehicle.
  4. If there is a lien on the car.

Used Vehicle Information Package FAQs

Yes. By law you must provide a UVIP to the buyer to complete the sale of your vehicle.

Yes. You can order a UVIP online through Service Ontario.

There is no expiration date on the used vehicle information package.

Yes. Anyone can purchase a UVIP. But, its customary for the seller to purchase and fill out the package.

A bill of sale is part of the package. It is on the last page of the document.

A Final Word On Used Vehicle Information Packages

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