One of the benefits in buying a pre-owned vehicle from a registered car dealer in Ontario is the wealth of information available on all vehicles offered for sale.
In today’s marketplace, a vehicle’s condition and history are revealed to prospective buyers before any transaction takes place. This type of complete transparency was not available prior to 2000.
Today, Canadian vehicle history reports are obtainable within minutes from CarProof, Canada’s leading provider of comprehensive vehicle history reports. This service is used in approximately 40 per cent of all used car sales in Canada and is available to consumers, car and truck dealers, provincial government, and auto manufacturers.
CarProof was co-founded in 2000 by a former Ontario car dealer, Paul Antony, who had an unpleasant car buying experience. Antony had purchased several vehicles from outside of Ontario, which he subsequently learned had liens on them.
At that time, no service existed that provided Canada-wide lien searches on vehicles. Vehicle lien searches were confined to Ontario and didn’t include accident reports.
Recognizing a need for more transparency in the used car marketplace, Antony and his partners launched CarProof to provide used car buyers and sellers with more accurate information so that they could make more informed buying decisions.
A CarProof report searches over 100 data sources and includes fully bilingual, real-time accident data, unfixed safety recalls, import and export data, registration and branding information, full U.S. history, if applicable, and cross-Canada lien and/or security interest information in their Verified Reports.
The CarProof Verified Report is the most comprehensive vehicle history report that the company offers. It provides accident and damage history, as well as searches for liens registered against the vehicle in the Canadian province or territory you are located in if the vehicle is currently registered there, and every other province and territory in Canada where the vehicle was registered or had its registration renewed.
For consumers, a CarProof report provides added assurance when buying a pre-owned vehicle and adds transparency and confidence to the used car buying process. It helps buyers select a vehicle that’s right for them.
New car dealerships will often promote CarProof reports for their pre-owned inventories in their advertisements, on dealerships’ websites, and CarProofed vehicles are often clearly identified on dealership lots.
In 2003, the Ontario government introduced a mandatory vehicle branding program to indicate whether a vehicle has been severely damaged.
According to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, “insurance companies, auto recyclers, salvagers, auctioneers, dealers and individual vehicle owners must assign a brand type to vehicles that have been damaged to the point of total loss and meet this branding criteria.” The four brand types are irreparable, salvage, rebuilt or none.
A CarProof vehicle history report can be purchased by anyone — all you need is the vehicle identification number (VIN)). Visit CarProof.com, and click on Order Report. You can choose between three vehicle history reports and one screening tool.
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Once you’ve entered the VIN and payment information, you will instantly receive your vehicle history report or screening product by email.
CarProof has revolutionized the used car business for Canadian car dealers, auto manufacturers, lenders and insurers, provincial governments, auto auctions, and law enforcement agencies
Although there are other companies that provide vehicle lien and history searches, the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association endorses CarProof as the most comprehensive accident and lien reports available in Canada.
This column represents the views and values of the TADA. Write to [email protected] or go to tada.ca. Larry Lantz is president of the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association and is a new-car dealer in Hanover, Ont.