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Selling a used car in Ontario can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. With some preparation and know-how, you can navigate the process smoothly. The key is understanding the steps involved and having all the right paperwork ready.

In this comprehensive guide, I’ll walk you through exactly what needs to happen – from getting your car sale-ready, determining the right price and creating effective listings, to screening potential buyers, negotiating with confidence, and completing all the required paperwork. You’ll know how to legally transfer ownership and what to watch out for.

With all the right information and strategies, you can sell your used car in Ontario with ease. Our goal is to empower you with the knowledge to get your car sold fast, for top dollar, with no hassle or stress.

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Decide How You Want to Sell

The first decision when selling a used vehicle in Ontario is how you want to sell it. You have two main options – selling privately or trading it in to a dealership. Both have their pros and cons.

 

Sell Privately

Selling privately means selling your car directly to an individual buyer rather than a dealership. The main benefits of a private sale are:

 

  • More money – Private buyers will typically pay more for your car than a dealership will offer as a trade-in.
  • Control of the process – You choose the asking price, control viewings and test drives, negotiate the final price directly with the buyer etc.

 

However, there are some downsides as well:

 

  • More time and effort – You need to market the car, communicate with potential buyers, organize viewings etc. This can be very time consuming.
  • Safety concerns – Meeting strangers who will likely test drive your car alone can present some safety issues.
  • No guarantees – The buyer could back out at any time, leaving you back at square one.

 

Sell to a Dealership

Trading your car in to a dealership means selling it to the dealer as part of buying your next car from them. Benefits include:

 

  • Fast and convenient – The dealership handles everything like appraising your car, paperwork, advertising etc.
  • Guaranteed sale – Once you agree to the trade-in value, the deal is done.
  • Can bundle with new car purchase – Trading in simplifies the process of upgrading your ride.

 

Downsides of trading in your car are:

 

  • Less money – Dealers need to make a profit reselling your car, so they’ll offer below market value.
  • No control – The dealership handles the entire process start to finish.
  • May still need to sell privately if no trade-in – Not all dealers will accept trade-ins.

 

Get Your Car Ready to Sell

Getting your car looking its best before putting it on the market can go a long way towards commanding top dollar. Take the time to thoroughly clean and make minor repairs and cosmetic improvements – potential buyers will notice the difference.

 

Cleaning

Give your car a deep clean inside and out. Vacuum and shampoo carpets and seats, dust vents and the dash, clean the center console, wash the windows, and make sure the trunk is spotless. The goal is to get rid of any dirt, stains, clutter, or odors. A detailed cleaning can make your car look almost new again.

 

Repairs

While you don’t need to invest in major repairs, taking care of minor issues can increase your selling price. Fix any fluid leaks, change the oil, replace worn wipers, patch small dents, fix non-working lights, repair upholstery tears, etc. Also consider replacing key components like the battery or brakes if they are nearing end of life. This gives buyers confidence in purchasing your car.

 

Cosmetic Improvements

A few simple upgrades can modernize the look of your car. Consider detailing the exterior, painting any chipped or faded parts, replacing missing hubcaps, applying touch-up paint, or installing new floor mats. It’s money well spent if it gets you more for your car. Just don’t over-invest relative to the car’s value.

 

Price Your Car

Pricing your used car appropriately is crucial to selling it quickly and for top dollar. You’ll want to research prices for similar vehicles, but also adjust based on the condition of your own car.

 

Research Prices

Start by looking up prices for the same make, model, year, mileage and condition of your vehicle. Check auto listing sites like AutoTrader, Kijiji and Craigslist to see what similar vehicles are listed for in your local area. Expand your search province-wide to get a good sense of the market.

Use online pricing guides like Canadian Black Book and CARFAX to see the estimated value. The Kelly Blue Book and Edmunds can also provide pricing ranges.

Consider the demand and desirability for your particular vehicle as well. More popular models tend to retain their value better.

 

Adjust Based On Condition

Once you have a price range, factor in the condition of your car. If there are no issues and your car is in excellent shape with good tires, battery, brakes, etc – you can aim for the higher end. If there are any problems or visible wear and tear, you’ll need to adjust downwards.

Getting a safety certificate and addressing any issues beforehand will allow you to sell at a better price point. Cosmetic improvements like cleaning and small repairs can also boost value.

Setting a fair price is important – too low and you lose out on money, but too high will limit interest and mean longer time to sell.

 

Create Listings and Advertise

Creating compelling listings with high-quality photos and descriptions is one of the most important parts of successfully selling your car privately in Ontario. Let’s go over some tips to create effective listings that will attract qualified buyers.

 

Photos

Photos make the first impression, so take advantage. For private listings, you’ll want to include at least 20 high-quality photos from multiple angles inside and out. Stage your car, clean it well, and consider hiring a professional detailer. Take photos in bright sunlight. Capture the interior from front and back seats, engine bay, odometer, exterior from front/back/sides, plus close-ups of any defects, wheel rims, and other details.

 

Descriptions

Write a detailed, honest description including key facts like make, model, year, trim package, mileage, engine specs, features, maintenance records, known issues if any, and overall vehicle condition. Be upfront about any defects. List additional features like winter tires, roof rack, spare parts etc. Mention recent work done like oil changes, new brakes, etc. Include the asking price and note that it’s negotiable. Finally, provide your contact details for buyers to get in touch.

 

Where to List

Some options in Ontario: Autotrader, Kijiji, Craigslist, UsedOntario.com, Facebook Marketplace, and print classifieds. Cross-posting between platforms expands your reach. Pick sites popular in your area and include local geographic keywords. Also list on online classifieds like Used Victoria, Used Vancouver etc for major cities near you.

 

Tips

Catch attention with an eye-catching headline and intro paragraph. Include your key details – year, make, model, mileage, location. Refresh your ads frequently to stay on top of listings. Mention safety features and options that appeal to families for broader appeal. Note that you have service records, winter tires, recent work etc. to show it’s well-maintained.

 

Gather Necessary Paperwork

Before selling your car in Ontario, you’ll need to gather some important paperwork. This includes:

 

Used Vehicle Information Package (UVIP)

An UVIP provides details on a used vehicle’s history and specifications. It includes things like the year, make, model, colour, number of previous owners, lien information, and more. In Ontario, the seller must provide the buyer with a UVIP that is less than 30 days old when transferring ownership of the vehicle.

You can purchase a UVIP for around $20 from any ServiceOntario location or approved issuer. Make sure to get one within 30 days of the sale.

 

Safety Standards Certificate

Unless you’re selling an antique vehicle, you’ll need to obtain a valid Safety Standards Certificate before selling your car. This certifies that the vehicle meets the province’s safety requirements.

Take your car to a licensed mechanic to perform a safety inspection and obtain the certificate. It’s valid for 36 days from the date of issue. The cost is usually $60-$150 depending on the shop.

 

Ownership Documents

You’ll also need to have the vehicle’s ownership documents, such as the vehicle permit or registration. Make sure you have the signed ownership document with the completed transfer application on the back.

This signed transfer application will officially transfer ownership of the car to the buyer. Have it ready to provide along with the ownership permit.

 

Show Prospective Buyers

Once you start getting inquiries about your car, you’ll need to schedule times for prospective buyers to come see it. Be prepared to show the car multiple times before finding the right buyer. Here are some tips for showing your car to potential buyers:

Schedule Test Drives

Test drives are essential for buyers to get a feel for the car, so you’ll want to accommodate them. Schedule test drives at times that work for both of you. Meet in a public place like a parking lot first to verify their license and insurance. Go with them on the test drive. Limit drives to 10-15 minutes. Be clear on rules like no extended highway driving.

Answer Questions

Prospective buyers will have lots of questions. Be ready to answer queries on the car’s history, maintenance, repairs, mileage, accidents, etc honestly. Refer to your records, paperwork and the UVIP. Don’t make up answers if you don’t know. Offer to take the car for an inspection if they want. The more transparent you are, the easier the sale will be.

Showing the car properly and addressing buyer concerns builds trust. Avoid pressure tactics and let them carefully inspect the vehicle. Patience, understanding and clear communication will help ensure a smooth process.

 

Screen Potential Buyers

Selling a used vehicle privately opens you up to potential scams, so it’s crucial to screen buyers thoroughly before agreeing to a sale. Here are some tips for spotting scams and verifying serious buyers:

 

  • Ask to see the buyer’s driver’s license and take a photo of it. Run a search on their name and phone number to verify identity.
  • Require interested buyers to contact you first before revealing your address or meeting location. Avoid buyers who won’t communicate outside of messaging apps.
  • Be skeptical of anyone offering to pay the full asking price without seeing the car, or anyone asking you to accept payment in a non-traditional way like wire transfer or prepaid card.
  • Insist on meeting in person before agreeing to a sale. Be wary if a buyer tries to handle the entire sale remotely or through a third party.
  • Ask questions to gauge car knowledge and interest. Beware if the buyer seems uninformed or disinterested in the vehicle details.
  • Do a test drive with the buyer. Scammers likely won’t waste time coming in person.
  • Verify phone numbers by calling and texting the buyer. Be suspicious of internet-based or temporary numbers.
  • Search online for the buyer’s name and phone number. Scam reports from other sellers can reveal suspicious activity.
  • Trust your instincts during interactions. Push back if something seems odd or communications become aggressive.

 

Taking precautions allows you to feel out buyer motivations and avoid handing over your car or personal information carelessly. Protect yourself by thoroughly screening all potential buyers.

 

Negotiate the Sale Price

When negotiating the sale price, it’s important to have done your research on fair market pricing and know what room you have to negotiate. Here are some tips for negotiating the best sale price when selling your used car in Ontario:

 

  • Research prices for similar vehicles – Look at listings for vehicles with similar mileage, condition, features, etc. to get a good sense of the current market price. Resources like AutoTrader, Kijiji Autos, and CarGurus can help.
  • Set a target price – Based on your research, decide the ideal price you’d like to get. Price a little above this target to leave room for negotiation.
  • Point out your car’s strengths – Emphasize any recent repairs, upgrades, low mileage, or other positives that justify your asking price.
  • Be willing to negotiate – Expect buyers will counteroffer a lower price and negotiate. Go in with a mindset of being flexible.
  • Offer test drives – Letting prospects test drive makes them more invested in buying your car.
  • Consider rejecting lowball offers – Don’t feel pressured to accept an excessively low offer. Politely stand firm on getting a fair price.
  • Sweeten the deal – Consider throwing in new all-season tires, recent repairs, winter tires on rims, or other incentives to seal the deal.

 

By researching prices, knowing your target, and negotiating skillfully, you can likely get very close to your ideal asking price when selling privately in Ontario.

 

Complete the Bill of Sale

The bill of sale is one of the most important documents when selling a car privately in Ontario. It legally transfers ownership of the vehicle from the seller to the buyer. Here are some key details to include on the Ontario bill of sale when selling a used car:

 

Details to Include

Make sure the bill of sale includes the following information:

 

  • Names and addresses of the buyer and seller
  • Date of sale
  • Vehicle details – make, model, year, VIN, mileage etc.
  • Purchase price
  • Statement that the vehicle is being sold “as is”
  • Warranty disclaimer releasing seller of any liability
  • Signatures of both parties

 

Buyer and Seller Copies

It’s recommended to make two original copies of the bill of sale – one for the buyer to keep and one for the seller. Both copies should be identical and signed. The buyer’s copy provides proof of purchase and ownership. The seller’s copy provides legal protection in case the buyer ever has an issue with the vehicle down the road.

Following a bill of sale template and including all key details will ensure a smooth sale process. Don’t forget to bring it with you to ServiceOntario when transferring ownership.

 

Receive Payment

When you’ve agreed on a sale price and are ready to complete the transaction, it’s time to receive payment from the buyer. There are a few things to keep in mind when accepting payment:

 

Payment Methods

Cash, certified cheques, bank drafts, and E-transfers are the recommended payment methods when selling a used vehicle privately in Ontario. Personal cheques can bounce, so it’s best to avoid accepting them. Many sellers also don’t accept credit card payments since there are risks of chargebacks.

 

Deposit

You may choose to accept a deposit upfront when the buyer commits to purchasing your car. This reserves the car for them and shows they are serious. Just make sure to put the deposit amount and terms in the bill of sale. The buyer forfeits the deposit if they back out.

 

Full Amount

It’s recommended that you receive the full agreed upon amount before signing over the ownership. Never let the buyer test drive or take the car before paying in full. There’s too much risk of them taking off with the vehicle or trying to renegotiate after the fact.

Once you’ve been paid and have the cash securely in your possession, you can proceed to finalize the ownership transfer.

 

Transfer Ownership

Once you have sold your car and received payment, it’s time to officially transfer ownership to the buyer. This crucial step must be completed to ensure you are no longer liable for the vehicle.

In Ontario, transferring ownership of a used vehicle is done by visiting Service Ontario with the buyer. You will need to bring the following documents:

 

  • The ownership document (with the completed transfer application on the back)
  • Used Vehicle Information Package (UVIP)
  • Bill of Sale
  • Safety Standards Certificate (if applicable)

 

At Service Ontario, you will fill out the transfer application, including information on both the buyer and seller, date of sale, sale price, and odometer reading. The buyer will also need to provide appropriate identification and payment for any applicable taxes.

It’s important to complete this transfer of ownership immediately after the sale to avoid any liability issues. Don’t let the buyer drive off the lot until it’s fully registered in their name. Service Ontario will provide you with a receipt showing proof that you are no longer the registered owner. Keep this for your records.

Transferring ownership officially closes the transaction. However, don’t forget to notify your insurance company to remove the sold vehicle from your policy.

 

Cancel Insurance

Once you’ve sold your car and transferred ownership, you’ll need to remove it from your auto insurance policy. Call your insurance provider and let them know you’ve sold the vehicle so they can cancel coverage. You’ll likely get a pro-rated refund on any unused premiums you already paid.

Make sure to remove the license plates from the car before handing it over to the new owner. In Ontario, license plates stay with the owner, not the vehicle. Take the plates off and keep them so you can put them on your next car.

If you have any outstanding tickets or fines associated with those plates, they will follow you. The new owner will need to get their own license plates before they can legally drive the vehicle. Make sure you don’t leave your plates on the car when you sell it.

 

Troubleshooting Problems

Despite your best efforts to take all the right steps when selling a car in Ontario, you may still run into issues during or after the sale. Here are some things to watch out for and how to handle them if they come up:

 

Non-Payment

If the buyer takes possession of the vehicle without paying the full agreed-upon amount, you are still the legal owner. Do not hand over the signed ownership until payment is received. If the buyer refuses to pay or return the vehicle, you may need to report the vehicle as stolen and provide the bill of sale as evidence of your claim.

 

Ownership Issues

If the ownership transfer is not completed properly, you could be held responsible for tolls, tickets, accidents, etc. after the sale. Go with the buyer to ServiceOntario and ensure the transfer is processed before handing over the keys. Keep records showing the transfer date. If issues arise later, provide copies to authorities to show it was no longer your vehicle.

 

Conclusion

Selling a used car in Ontario can seem daunting, but breaking the process down into clear steps makes it much more manageable. The keys are getting your paperwork in order, pricing your car competitively, marketing it effectively, and thoroughly screening potential buyers. Taking the time to get your car looking and running its best will maximize your selling price. Follow the ownership transfer process carefully to avoid issues down the road. With some patience and perseverance, you’ll be able to sell your used car smoothly.

As a final recap, focus on setting a fair price using accurate valuation resources, get safety and emissions testing done proactively, meet prospective buyers in a public place, and don’t accept payment until you’ve completed the ownership transfer together. Selling privately takes more effort than trading in your car, but you’ll likely get a better value. Take the opportunity to tell your car’s story in your listings and engage interested buyers to stand out. With preparation and diligence, you can have a successful used car sale.

Questions About Selling Your Car in Ontario?

To sell your car privately in Ontario, you need to provide the buyer with a Used Vehicle Information Package (UVIP), a completed bill of sale, a safety standards certificate if the car is more than 7 years old, valid emissions test results, and a completed Application for Transfer/Tax Form (on the back of the vehicle permit). Meet the buyer in a public place, verify their identity, accept payment, and sign over the ownership. Then visit ServiceOntario together to transfer ownership officially.

The paperwork required when selling a car in Ontario includes:

 

– Used Vehicle Information Package (UVIP)

 

– Proof of valid emissions test

 

– Safety Standards Certificate if car is over 7 years old

 

– Bill of Sale signed by buyer and seller

 

– Application for Transfer/Tax Form signed on back of vehicle permit

 

– Copy of your driver’s license or other government ID

 

Having all documents in order makes the sale smooth and legal.

A Used Vehicle Information Package (UVIP) provides vehicle history like accidents, liens, odometer disclosure etc. When selling a used car in Ontario, the UVIP legally must be provided to buyer. Available from Ministry of Transportation for $20, it protects buyers from buying a car with hidden issues.

It costs $20 to transfer ownership when selling or gifting a used car in Ontario. The buyer has to pay tax on the car value, which ranges from 0-15% depending on the car price minus trade-in allowance if any. There is no tax if sold to immediate family. Additional fees may apply for plate stickers, safety checks etc.

The safest ways to sell your car privately include:

 

– Meet in a busy public place like a bank parking lot

 

– Do not let buyers test drive alone without holding their ID

 

– Accept certified cheque/electronic payment only after verifying

 

– Complete paperwork together at ServiceOntario to transfer ownership

 

Taking precautions when meeting strangers ensures your safety during a private sale.

Selling privately typically fetches around 20% more money compared to trading it in at a dealership. However trading in is more convenient. Evaluate tax savings, DMV paperwork and safety precautions before deciding what works best for your situation. Dealers handle all paperwork but offer much less than private buyers.

When buying a used car in Ontario, make sure the seller provides:

 

– UVIP to check lien or theft records

 

– Valid safety standards certificate

 

– Emissions test results

 

– Application for Transfer/Tax Form

 

– Bill of sale with details of sale

 

– Owner signs completed transfer form

 

Review documents carefully before purchase to avoid issues later.

No, all vehicles over 7 years old require a valid safety standards certificate when selling in Ontario. Safety certificates are issued after mechanics inspect items like brakes, lights, suspension etc. Newer cars under 7 years are exempt if no structural damage. Ensure the certificate is current as buyers need it to transfer ownership.

If selling to a stranger, tax is calculated as:

 

(Sale price – trade-in allowance) x tax rate

 

Tax rate ranges from 0% for under $5,000 to 15% for over $55,000. Immediate family pays no tax. The buyer pays this tax, not the seller. HST may also apply. Check CRA guidelines for latest tax rates when selling your car.

To get proof of ownership for your car in Ontario:

 

– Locate your vehicle ownership permit which shows you as the legal owner

 

– Get Used Vehicle Information Package to show no liens on car title

 

– Request bill of sale from dealership if purchased from used car lot

 

– Contact Ministry of Transportation for help finding ownership documents

 

Having a vehicle permit or Ontario registration proves legal ownership.

A bill of sale for selling a car privately in Ontario should include:

 

– Full names and addresses of buyer and seller

 

– Vehicle details – make, model, year, mileage, VIN

 

– Sale price and date vehicle was sold

 

– Warranties included or excluded

 

– Signatures of both parties involved

 

Including key details protects both the buyer and yourself from issues later on.

It is generally risky to buy a used car in Ontario without seeing it in person first. To minimize getting scammed if seeing the car is not possible:

 

– Ask for plenty of photos, including VIN plate & odometer

 

– Get vehicle history report and inspection from trusted shops

 

– Verify identity of seller & ensure they have legal title

 

– Use escrow services to secure & validate payment

 

Seeing firsthand before buying is best to avoid getting a lemon. Proceed with extreme caution if impossible to view in-person.

If you sell a used vehicle in Ontario without transferring ownership, you could face:

 

– Parking tickets or speeding fines if new owner violates rules

– Legal liability if new owner causes accident

– Traffic violations appearing on your record

– Trouble during license or plate renewal

– Difficulty proving you sold the car

 

Transfer ownership promptly after selling to avoid headaches. Penalties get worse the longer records show you as the owner.

When selling a used car to a family member in Ontario:

 

  1. Provide same paperwork as private sale

 

  1. Complete transfer/tax form with buyer’s details

 

  1. Visit ServiceOntario to transfer ownership

 

  1. Pay $20 fee (no tax if direct relative)

 

  1. Update insurance to reflect new owner

 

Following official transfer process, even for family, keeps all legal responsibilities separate.



Common car selling scams in Ontario include:

 

– Fake certified cheques and e-transfers

 

– Buyers taking cars for test drives and never returning

 

– Selling cars still on lien without bank permission

 

– Odometer rollbacks to show inflatedly low mileage

 

– Out-of-country buyers scamming with fake IDs

 

Be vigilant about verifying payment and buyer identity to avoid being scammed during private sales.

When trading in your car to a dealership in Ontario, have these forms ready:

 

– Ownership with signed transfer/tax form

 

– Safety standards certificate if required

 

– Valid emissions test results

 

– Bill of sale listing trade-in value & purchase details

 

– Photo ID like driver’s license

 

Dealerships handle Registry paperwork but require legal proof of ownership transfer from your end. Come prepared.

To check for liens against your car’s title in Ontario, you need to request a Used Vehicle Information Package (UVIP) from the Ministry of Transportation. The UVIP provides vehicle history including:

 

– Any outstanding liens

 

– Theft or damage declarations

 

– Import records

 

– Odometer disclosures

 

Checking for liens protects against selling a vehicle still tied to a loan without bank permission.

To find a bill of sale template for selling your car in Ontario:

 

– Download from ServiceOntario’s website

 

– Ask for blank form at ServiceOntario locations

 

– Use CAA’s customizable online bill of sale creator

 

– Copy template from Government of Canada website

 

– Use legal self-help sites with Ontario bill of sale forms

 

Having proper bill of sale paperwork protects buyer and seller in a private sale.

To remove your name from the car ownership after selling your car to someone else in Ontario:

 

  1. Meet new owner at ServiceOntario

 

  1. Submit completed transfer/tax form with their details

 

  1. Pay $20 fee to transfer ownership

 

  1. Confirm change by requesting record search

 

Following official ownership transfer process at ServiceOntario removes all trace of your name from the vehicle records.

 

Decide How You Want to Sell

The first decision when selling a used vehicle in Ontario is how you want to sell it. You have two main options – selling privately or trading it in to a dealership. Both have their pros and cons.

 

Sell Privately

Selling privately means selling your car directly to an individual buyer rather than a dealership. The main benefits of a private sale are:

 

  • More money – Private buyers will typically pay more for your car than a dealership will offer as a trade-in.
  • Control of the process – You choose the asking price, control viewings and test drives, negotiate the final price directly with the buyer etc.

 

However, there are some downsides as well:

 

  • More time and effort – You need to market the car, communicate with potential buyers, organize viewings etc. This can be very time consuming.
  • Safety concerns – Meeting strangers who will likely test drive your car alone can present some safety issues.
  • No guarantees – The buyer could back out at any time, leaving you back at square one.

 

Sell to a Dealership

Trading your car in to a dealership means selling it to the dealer as part of buying your next car from them. Benefits include:

 

  • Fast and convenient – The dealership handles everything like appraising your car, paperwork, advertising etc.
  • Guaranteed sale – Once you agree to the trade-in value, the deal is done.
  • Can bundle with new car purchase – Trading in simplifies the process of upgrading your ride.

 

Downsides of trading in your car are:

 

  • Less money – Dealers need to make a profit reselling your car, so they’ll offer below market value.
  • No control – The dealership handles the entire process start to finish.
  • May still need to sell privately if no trade-in – Not all dealers will accept trade-ins.

 

Get Your Car Ready to Sell

Getting your car looking its best before putting it on the market can go a long way towards commanding top dollar. Take the time to thoroughly clean and make minor repairs and cosmetic improvements – potential buyers will notice the difference.

 

Cleaning

Give your car a deep clean inside and out. Vacuum and shampoo carpets and seats, dust vents and the dash, clean the center console, wash the windows, and make sure the trunk is spotless. The goal is to get rid of any dirt, stains, clutter, or odors. A detailed cleaning can make your car look almost new again.

 

Repairs

While you don’t need to invest in major repairs, taking care of minor issues can increase your selling price. Fix any fluid leaks, change the oil, replace worn wipers, patch small dents, fix non-working lights, repair upholstery tears, etc. Also consider replacing key components like the battery or brakes if they are nearing end of life. This gives buyers confidence in purchasing your car.

 

Cosmetic Improvements

A few simple upgrades can modernize the look of your car. Consider detailing the exterior, painting any chipped or faded parts, replacing missing hubcaps, applying touch-up paint, or installing new floor mats. It’s money well spent if it gets you more for your car. Just don’t over-invest relative to the car’s value.

 

Price Your Car

Pricing your used car appropriately is crucial to selling it quickly and for top dollar. You’ll want to research prices for similar vehicles, but also adjust based on the condition of your own car.

 

Research Prices

Start by looking up prices for the same make, model, year, mileage and condition of your vehicle. Check auto listing sites like AutoTrader, Kijiji and Craigslist to see what similar vehicles are listed for in your local area. Expand your search province-wide to get a good sense of the market.

Use online pricing guides like Canadian Black Book and CARFAX to see the estimated value. The Kelly Blue Book and Edmunds can also provide pricing ranges.

Consider the demand and desirability for your particular vehicle as well. More popular models tend to retain their value better.

 

Adjust Based On Condition

Once you have a price range, factor in the condition of your car. If there are no issues and your car is in excellent shape with good tires, battery, brakes, etc – you can aim for the higher end. If there are any problems or visible wear and tear, you’ll need to adjust downwards.

Getting a safety certificate and addressing any issues beforehand will allow you to sell at a better price point. Cosmetic improvements like cleaning and small repairs can also boost value.

Setting a fair price is important – too low and you lose out on money, but too high will limit interest and mean longer time to sell.

 

Create Listings and Advertise

Creating compelling listings with high-quality photos and descriptions is one of the most important parts of successfully selling your car privately in Ontario. Let’s go over some tips to create effective listings that will attract qualified buyers.

 

Photos

Photos make the first impression, so take advantage. For private listings, you’ll want to include at least 20 high-quality photos from multiple angles inside and out. Stage your car, clean it well, and consider hiring a professional detailer. Take photos in bright sunlight. Capture the interior from front and back seats, engine bay, odometer, exterior from front/back/sides, plus close-ups of any defects, wheel rims, and other details.

 

Descriptions

Write a detailed, honest description including key facts like make, model, year, trim package, mileage, engine specs, features, maintenance records, known issues if any, and overall vehicle condition. Be upfront about any defects. List additional features like winter tires, roof rack, spare parts etc. Mention recent work done like oil changes, new brakes, etc. Include the asking price and note that it’s negotiable. Finally, provide your contact details for buyers to get in touch.

 

Where to List

Some options in Ontario: Autotrader, Kijiji, Craigslist, UsedOntario.com, Facebook Marketplace, and print classifieds. Cross-posting between platforms expands your reach. Pick sites popular in your area and include local geographic keywords. Also list on online classifieds like Used Victoria, Used Vancouver etc for major cities near you.

 

Tips

Catch attention with an eye-catching headline and intro paragraph. Include your key details – year, make, model, mileage, location. Refresh your ads frequently to stay on top of listings. Mention safety features and options that appeal to families for broader appeal. Note that you have service records, winter tires, recent work etc. to show it’s well-maintained.

 

Gather Necessary Paperwork

Before selling your car in Ontario, you’ll need to gather some important paperwork. This includes:

 

Used Vehicle Information Package (UVIP)

An UVIP provides details on a used vehicle’s history and specifications. It includes things like the year, make, model, colour, number of previous owners, lien information, and more. In Ontario, the seller must provide the buyer with a UVIP that is less than 30 days old when transferring ownership of the vehicle.

You can purchase a UVIP for around $20 from any ServiceOntario location or approved issuer. Make sure to get one within 30 days of the sale.

 

Safety Standards Certificate

Unless you’re selling an antique vehicle, you’ll need to obtain a valid Safety Standards Certificate before selling your car. This certifies that the vehicle meets the province’s safety requirements.

Take your car to a licensed mechanic to perform a safety inspection and obtain the certificate. It’s valid for 36 days from the date of issue. The cost is usually $60-$150 depending on the shop.

 

Ownership Documents

You’ll also need to have the vehicle’s ownership documents, such as the vehicle permit or registration. Make sure you have the signed ownership document with the completed transfer application on the back.

This signed transfer application will officially transfer ownership of the car to the buyer. Have it ready to provide along with the ownership permit.

 

Show Prospective Buyers

Once you start getting inquiries about your car, you’ll need to schedule times for prospective buyers to come see it. Be prepared to show the car multiple times before finding the right buyer. Here are some tips for showing your car to potential buyers:

Schedule Test Drives

Test drives are essential for buyers to get a feel for the car, so you’ll want to accommodate them. Schedule test drives at times that work for both of you. Meet in a public place like a parking lot first to verify their license and insurance. Go with them on the test drive. Limit drives to 10-15 minutes. Be clear on rules like no extended highway driving.

Answer Questions

Prospective buyers will have lots of questions. Be ready to answer queries on the car’s history, maintenance, repairs, mileage, accidents, etc honestly. Refer to your records, paperwork and the UVIP. Don’t make up answers if you don’t know. Offer to take the car for an inspection if they want. The more transparent you are, the easier the sale will be.

Showing the car properly and addressing buyer concerns builds trust. Avoid pressure tactics and let them carefully inspect the vehicle. Patience, understanding and clear communication will help ensure a smooth process.

 

Screen Potential Buyers

Selling a used vehicle privately opens you up to potential scams, so it’s crucial to screen buyers thoroughly before agreeing to a sale. Here are some tips for spotting scams and verifying serious buyers:

 

  • Ask to see the buyer’s driver’s license and take a photo of it. Run a search on their name and phone number to verify identity.
  • Require interested buyers to contact you first before revealing your address or meeting location. Avoid buyers who won’t communicate outside of messaging apps.
  • Be skeptical of anyone offering to pay the full asking price without seeing the car, or anyone asking you to accept payment in a non-traditional way like wire transfer or prepaid card.
  • Insist on meeting in person before agreeing to a sale. Be wary if a buyer tries to handle the entire sale remotely or through a third party.
  • Ask questions to gauge car knowledge and interest. Beware if the buyer seems uninformed or disinterested in the vehicle details.
  • Do a test drive with the buyer. Scammers likely won’t waste time coming in person.
  • Verify phone numbers by calling and texting the buyer. Be suspicious of internet-based or temporary numbers.
  • Search online for the buyer’s name and phone number. Scam reports from other sellers can reveal suspicious activity.
  • Trust your instincts during interactions. Push back if something seems odd or communications become aggressive.

 

Taking precautions allows you to feel out buyer motivations and avoid handing over your car or personal information carelessly. Protect yourself by thoroughly screening all potential buyers.

 

Negotiate the Sale Price

When negotiating the sale price, it’s important to have done your research on fair market pricing and know what room you have to negotiate. Here are some tips for negotiating the best sale price when selling your used car in Ontario:

 

  • Research prices for similar vehicles – Look at listings for vehicles with similar mileage, condition, features, etc. to get a good sense of the current market price. Resources like AutoTrader, Kijiji Autos, and CarGurus can help.
  • Set a target price – Based on your research, decide the ideal price you’d like to get. Price a little above this target to leave room for negotiation.
  • Point out your car’s strengths – Emphasize any recent repairs, upgrades, low mileage, or other positives that justify your asking price.
  • Be willing to negotiate – Expect buyers will counteroffer a lower price and negotiate. Go in with a mindset of being flexible.
  • Offer test drives – Letting prospects test drive makes them more invested in buying your car.
  • Consider rejecting lowball offers – Don’t feel pressured to accept an excessively low offer. Politely stand firm on getting a fair price.
  • Sweeten the deal – Consider throwing in new all-season tires, recent repairs, winter tires on rims, or other incentives to seal the deal.

 

By researching prices, knowing your target, and negotiating skillfully, you can likely get very close to your ideal asking price when selling privately in Ontario.

 

Complete the Bill of Sale

The bill of sale is one of the most important documents when selling a car privately in Ontario. It legally transfers ownership of the vehicle from the seller to the buyer. Here are some key details to include on the Ontario bill of sale when selling a used car:

 

Details to Include

Make sure the bill of sale includes the following information:

 

  • Names and addresses of the buyer and seller
  • Date of sale
  • Vehicle details – make, model, year, VIN, mileage etc.
  • Purchase price
  • Statement that the vehicle is being sold “as is”
  • Warranty disclaimer releasing seller of any liability
  • Signatures of both parties

 

Buyer and Seller Copies

It’s recommended to make two original copies of the bill of sale – one for the buyer to keep and one for the seller. Both copies should be identical and signed. The buyer’s copy provides proof of purchase and ownership. The seller’s copy provides legal protection in case the buyer ever has an issue with the vehicle down the road.

Following a bill of sale template and including all key details will ensure a smooth sale process. Don’t forget to bring it with you to ServiceOntario when transferring ownership.

 

Receive Payment

When you’ve agreed on a sale price and are ready to complete the transaction, it’s time to receive payment from the buyer. There are a few things to keep in mind when accepting payment:

 

Payment Methods

Cash, certified cheques, bank drafts, and E-transfers are the recommended payment methods when selling a used vehicle privately in Ontario. Personal cheques can bounce, so it’s best to avoid accepting them. Many sellers also don’t accept credit card payments since there are risks of chargebacks.

 

Deposit

You may choose to accept a deposit upfront when the buyer commits to purchasing your car. This reserves the car for them and shows they are serious. Just make sure to put the deposit amount and terms in the bill of sale. The buyer forfeits the deposit if they back out.

 

Full Amount

It’s recommended that you receive the full agreed upon amount before signing over the ownership. Never let the buyer test drive or take the car before paying in full. There’s too much risk of them taking off with the vehicle or trying to renegotiate after the fact.

Once you’ve been paid and have the cash securely in your possession, you can proceed to finalize the ownership transfer.

 

Transfer Ownership

Once you have sold your car and received payment, it’s time to officially transfer ownership to the buyer. This crucial step must be completed to ensure you are no longer liable for the vehicle.

In Ontario, transferring ownership of a used vehicle is done by visiting Service Ontario with the buyer. You will need to bring the following documents:

 

  • The ownership document (with the completed transfer application on the back)
  • Used Vehicle Information Package (UVIP)
  • Bill of Sale
  • Safety Standards Certificate (if applicable)

 

At Service Ontario, you will fill out the transfer application, including information on both the buyer and seller, date of sale, sale price, and odometer reading. The buyer will also need to provide appropriate identification and payment for any applicable taxes.

It’s important to complete this transfer of ownership immediately after the sale to avoid any liability issues. Don’t let the buyer drive off the lot until it’s fully registered in their name. Service Ontario will provide you with a receipt showing proof that you are no longer the registered owner. Keep this for your records.

Transferring ownership officially closes the transaction. However, don’t forget to notify your insurance company to remove the sold vehicle from your policy.

 

Cancel Insurance

Once you’ve sold your car and transferred ownership, you’ll need to remove it from your auto insurance policy. Call your insurance provider and let them know you’ve sold the vehicle so they can cancel coverage. You’ll likely get a pro-rated refund on any unused premiums you already paid.

Make sure to remove the license plates from the car before handing it over to the new owner. In Ontario, license plates stay with the owner, not the vehicle. Take the plates off and keep them so you can put them on your next car.

If you have any outstanding tickets or fines associated with those plates, they will follow you. The new owner will need to get their own license plates before they can legally drive the vehicle. Make sure you don’t leave your plates on the car when you sell it.

 

Troubleshooting Problems

Despite your best efforts to take all the right steps when selling a car in Ontario, you may still run into issues during or after the sale. Here are some things to watch out for and how to handle them if they come up:

 

Non-Payment

If the buyer takes possession of the vehicle without paying the full agreed-upon amount, you are still the legal owner. Do not hand over the signed ownership until payment is received. If the buyer refuses to pay or return the vehicle, you may need to report the vehicle as stolen and provide the bill of sale as evidence of your claim.

 

Ownership Issues

If the ownership transfer is not completed properly, you could be held responsible for tolls, tickets, accidents, etc. after the sale. Go with the buyer to ServiceOntario and ensure the transfer is processed before handing over the keys. Keep records showing the transfer date. If issues arise later, provide copies to authorities to show it was no longer your vehicle.

 

Conclusion

Selling a used car in Ontario can seem daunting, but breaking the process down into clear steps makes it much more manageable. The keys are getting your paperwork in order, pricing your car competitively, marketing it effectively, and thoroughly screening potential buyers. Taking the time to get your car looking and running its best will maximize your selling price. Follow the ownership transfer process carefully to avoid issues down the road. With some patience and perseverance, you’ll be able to sell your used car smoothly.

As a final recap, focus on setting a fair price using accurate valuation resources, get safety and emissions testing done proactively, meet prospective buyers in a public place, and don’t accept payment until you’ve completed the ownership transfer together. Selling privately takes more effort than trading in your car, but you’ll likely get a better value. Take the opportunity to tell your car’s story in your listings and engage interested buyers to stand out. With preparation and diligence, you can have a successful used car sale.

Questions About Selling Your Car in Ontario?

To sell your car privately in Ontario, you need to provide the buyer with a Used Vehicle Information Package (UVIP), a completed bill of sale, a safety standards certificate if the car is more than 7 years old, valid emissions test results, and a completed Application for Transfer/Tax Form (on the back of the vehicle permit). Meet the buyer in a public place, verify their identity, accept payment, and sign over the ownership. Then visit ServiceOntario together to transfer ownership officially.

The paperwork required when selling a car in Ontario includes:

 

– Used Vehicle Information Package (UVIP)

 

– Proof of valid emissions test

 

– Safety Standards Certificate if car is over 7 years old

 

– Bill of Sale signed by buyer and seller

 

– Application for Transfer/Tax Form signed on back of vehicle permit

 

– Copy of your driver’s license or other government ID

 

Having all documents in order makes the sale smooth and legal.

A Used Vehicle Information Package (UVIP) provides vehicle history like accidents, liens, odometer disclosure etc. When selling a used car in Ontario, the UVIP legally must be provided to buyer. Available from Ministry of Transportation for $20, it protects buyers from buying a car with hidden issues.

It costs $20 to transfer ownership when selling or gifting a used car in Ontario. The buyer has to pay tax on the car value, which ranges from 0-15% depending on the car price minus trade-in allowance if any. There is no tax if sold to immediate family. Additional fees may apply for plate stickers, safety checks etc.

The safest ways to sell your car privately include:

 

– Meet in a busy public place like a bank parking lot

 

– Do not let buyers test drive alone without holding their ID

 

– Accept certified cheque/electronic payment only after verifying

 

– Complete paperwork together at ServiceOntario to transfer ownership

 

Taking precautions when meeting strangers ensures your safety during a private sale.

Selling privately typically fetches around 20% more money compared to trading it in at a dealership. However trading in is more convenient. Evaluate tax savings, DMV paperwork and safety precautions before deciding what works best for your situation. Dealers handle all paperwork but offer much less than private buyers.

When buying a used car in Ontario, make sure the seller provides:

 

– UVIP to check lien or theft records

 

– Valid safety standards certificate

 

– Emissions test results

 

– Application for Transfer/Tax Form

 

– Bill of sale with details of sale

 

– Owner signs completed transfer form

 

Review documents carefully before purchase to avoid issues later.

No, all vehicles over 7 years old require a valid safety standards certificate when selling in Ontario. Safety certificates are issued after mechanics inspect items like brakes, lights, suspension etc. Newer cars under 7 years are exempt if no structural damage. Ensure the certificate is current as buyers need it to transfer ownership.

If selling to a stranger, tax is calculated as:

 

(Sale price – trade-in allowance) x tax rate

 

Tax rate ranges from 0% for under $5,000 to 15% for over $55,000. Immediate family pays no tax. The buyer pays this tax, not the seller. HST may also apply. Check CRA guidelines for latest tax rates when selling your car.

To get proof of ownership for your car in Ontario:

 

– Locate your vehicle ownership permit which shows you as the legal owner

 

– Get Used Vehicle Information Package to show no liens on car title

 

– Request bill of sale from dealership if purchased from used car lot

 

– Contact Ministry of Transportation for help finding ownership documents

 

Having a vehicle permit or Ontario registration proves legal ownership.

A bill of sale for selling a car privately in Ontario should include:

 

– Full names and addresses of buyer and seller

 

– Vehicle details – make, model, year, mileage, VIN

 

– Sale price and date vehicle was sold

 

– Warranties included or excluded

 

– Signatures of both parties involved

 

Including key details protects both the buyer and yourself from issues later on.

It is generally risky to buy a used car in Ontario without seeing it in person first. To minimize getting scammed if seeing the car is not possible:

 

– Ask for plenty of photos, including VIN plate & odometer

 

– Get vehicle history report and inspection from trusted shops

 

– Verify identity of seller & ensure they have legal title

 

– Use escrow services to secure & validate payment

 

Seeing firsthand before buying is best to avoid getting a lemon. Proceed with extreme caution if impossible to view in-person.

If you sell a used vehicle in Ontario without transferring ownership, you could face:

 

– Parking tickets or speeding fines if new owner violates rules

– Legal liability if new owner causes accident

– Traffic violations appearing on your record

– Trouble during license or plate renewal

– Difficulty proving you sold the car

 

Transfer ownership promptly after selling to avoid headaches. Penalties get worse the longer records show you as the owner.

When selling a used car to a family member in Ontario:

 

  1. Provide same paperwork as private sale

 

  1. Complete transfer/tax form with buyer’s details

 

  1. Visit ServiceOntario to transfer ownership

 

  1. Pay $20 fee (no tax if direct relative)

 

  1. Update insurance to reflect new owner

 

Following official transfer process, even for family, keeps all legal responsibilities separate.



Common car selling scams in Ontario include:

 

– Fake certified cheques and e-transfers

 

– Buyers taking cars for test drives and never returning

 

– Selling cars still on lien without bank permission

 

– Odometer rollbacks to show inflatedly low mileage

 

– Out-of-country buyers scamming with fake IDs

 

Be vigilant about verifying payment and buyer identity to avoid being scammed during private sales.

When trading in your car to a dealership in Ontario, have these forms ready:

 

– Ownership with signed transfer/tax form

 

– Safety standards certificate if required

 

– Valid emissions test results

 

– Bill of sale listing trade-in value & purchase details

 

– Photo ID like driver’s license

 

Dealerships handle Registry paperwork but require legal proof of ownership transfer from your end. Come prepared.

To check for liens against your car’s title in Ontario, you need to request a Used Vehicle Information Package (UVIP) from the Ministry of Transportation. The UVIP provides vehicle history including:

 

– Any outstanding liens

 

– Theft or damage declarations

 

– Import records

 

– Odometer disclosures

 

Checking for liens protects against selling a vehicle still tied to a loan without bank permission.

To find a bill of sale template for selling your car in Ontario:

 

– Download from ServiceOntario’s website

 

– Ask for blank form at ServiceOntario locations

 

– Use CAA’s customizable online bill of sale creator

 

– Copy template from Government of Canada website

 

– Use legal self-help sites with Ontario bill of sale forms

 

Having proper bill of sale paperwork protects buyer and seller in a private sale.

To remove your name from the car ownership after selling your car to someone else in Ontario:

 

  1. Meet new owner at ServiceOntario

 

  1. Submit completed transfer/tax form with their details

 

  1. Pay $20 fee to transfer ownership

 

  1. Confirm change by requesting record search

 

Following official ownership transfer process at ServiceOntario removes all trace of your name from the vehicle records.

 

Decide How You Want to Sell

The first decision when selling a used vehicle in Ontario is how you want to sell it. You have two main options – selling privately or trading it in to a dealership. Both have their pros and cons.

 

Sell Privately

Selling privately means selling your car directly to an individual buyer rather than a dealership. The main benefits of a private sale are:

 

  • More money – Private buyers will typically pay more for your car than a dealership will offer as a trade-in.
  • Control of the process – You choose the asking price, control viewings and test drives, negotiate the final price directly with the buyer etc.

 

However, there are some downsides as well:

 

  • More time and effort – You need to market the car, communicate with potential buyers, organize viewings etc. This can be very time consuming.
  • Safety concerns – Meeting strangers who will likely test drive your car alone can present some safety issues.
  • No guarantees – The buyer could back out at any time, leaving you back at square one.

 

Sell to a Dealership

Trading your car in to a dealership means selling it to the dealer as part of buying your next car from them. Benefits include:

 

  • Fast and convenient – The dealership handles everything like appraising your car, paperwork, advertising etc.
  • Guaranteed sale – Once you agree to the trade-in value, the deal is done.
  • Can bundle with new car purchase – Trading in simplifies the process of upgrading your ride.

 

Downsides of trading in your car are:

 

  • Less money – Dealers need to make a profit reselling your car, so they’ll offer below market value.
  • No control – The dealership handles the entire process start to finish.
  • May still need to sell privately if no trade-in – Not all dealers will accept trade-ins.

 

Get Your Car Ready to Sell

Getting your car looking its best before putting it on the market can go a long way towards commanding top dollar. Take the time to thoroughly clean and make minor repairs and cosmetic improvements – potential buyers will notice the difference.

 

Cleaning

Give your car a deep clean inside and out. Vacuum and shampoo carpets and seats, dust vents and the dash, clean the center console, wash the windows, and make sure the trunk is spotless. The goal is to get rid of any dirt, stains, clutter, or odors. A detailed cleaning can make your car look almost new again.

 

Repairs

While you don’t need to invest in major repairs, taking care of minor issues can increase your selling price. Fix any fluid leaks, change the oil, replace worn wipers, patch small dents, fix non-working lights, repair upholstery tears, etc. Also consider replacing key components like the battery or brakes if they are nearing end of life. This gives buyers confidence in purchasing your car.

 

Cosmetic Improvements

A few simple upgrades can modernize the look of your car. Consider detailing the exterior, painting any chipped or faded parts, replacing missing hubcaps, applying touch-up paint, or installing new floor mats. It’s money well spent if it gets you more for your car. Just don’t over-invest relative to the car’s value.

 

Price Your Car

Pricing your used car appropriately is crucial to selling it quickly and for top dollar. You’ll want to research prices for similar vehicles, but also adjust based on the condition of your own car.

 

Research Prices

Start by looking up prices for the same make, model, year, mileage and condition of your vehicle. Check auto listing sites like AutoTrader, Kijiji and Craigslist to see what similar vehicles are listed for in your local area. Expand your search province-wide to get a good sense of the market.

Use online pricing guides like Canadian Black Book and CARFAX to see the estimated value. The Kelly Blue Book and Edmunds can also provide pricing ranges.

Consider the demand and desirability for your particular vehicle as well. More popular models tend to retain their value better.

 

Adjust Based On Condition

Once you have a price range, factor in the condition of your car. If there are no issues and your car is in excellent shape with good tires, battery, brakes, etc – you can aim for the higher end. If there are any problems or visible wear and tear, you’ll need to adjust downwards.

Getting a safety certificate and addressing any issues beforehand will allow you to sell at a better price point. Cosmetic improvements like cleaning and small repairs can also boost value.

Setting a fair price is important – too low and you lose out on money, but too high will limit interest and mean longer time to sell.

 

Create Listings and Advertise

Creating compelling listings with high-quality photos and descriptions is one of the most important parts of successfully selling your car privately in Ontario. Let’s go over some tips to create effective listings that will attract qualified buyers.

 

Photos

Photos make the first impression, so take advantage. For private listings, you’ll want to include at least 20 high-quality photos from multiple angles inside and out. Stage your car, clean it well, and consider hiring a professional detailer. Take photos in bright sunlight. Capture the interior from front and back seats, engine bay, odometer, exterior from front/back/sides, plus close-ups of any defects, wheel rims, and other details.

 

Descriptions

Write a detailed, honest description including key facts like make, model, year, trim package, mileage, engine specs, features, maintenance records, known issues if any, and overall vehicle condition. Be upfront about any defects. List additional features like winter tires, roof rack, spare parts etc. Mention recent work done like oil changes, new brakes, etc. Include the asking price and note that it’s negotiable. Finally, provide your contact details for buyers to get in touch.

 

Where to List

Some options in Ontario: Autotrader, Kijiji, Craigslist, UsedOntario.com, Facebook Marketplace, and print classifieds. Cross-posting between platforms expands your reach. Pick sites popular in your area and include local geographic keywords. Also list on online classifieds like Used Victoria, Used Vancouver etc for major cities near you.

 

Tips

Catch attention with an eye-catching headline and intro paragraph. Include your key details – year, make, model, mileage, location. Refresh your ads frequently to stay on top of listings. Mention safety features and options that appeal to families for broader appeal. Note that you have service records, winter tires, recent work etc. to show it’s well-maintained.

 

Gather Necessary Paperwork

Before selling your car in Ontario, you’ll need to gather some important paperwork. This includes:

 

Used Vehicle Information Package (UVIP)

An UVIP provides details on a used vehicle’s history and specifications. It includes things like the year, make, model, colour, number of previous owners, lien information, and more. In Ontario, the seller must provide the buyer with a UVIP that is less than 30 days old when transferring ownership of the vehicle.

You can purchase a UVIP for around $20 from any ServiceOntario location or approved issuer. Make sure to get one within 30 days of the sale.

 

Safety Standards Certificate

Unless you’re selling an antique vehicle, you’ll need to obtain a valid Safety Standards Certificate before selling your car. This certifies that the vehicle meets the province’s safety requirements.

Take your car to a licensed mechanic to perform a safety inspection and obtain the certificate. It’s valid for 36 days from the date of issue. The cost is usually $60-$150 depending on the shop.

 

Ownership Documents

You’ll also need to have the vehicle’s ownership documents, such as the vehicle permit or registration. Make sure you have the signed ownership document with the completed transfer application on the back.

This signed transfer application will officially transfer ownership of the car to the buyer. Have it ready to provide along with the ownership permit.

 

Show Prospective Buyers

Once you start getting inquiries about your car, you’ll need to schedule times for prospective buyers to come see it. Be prepared to show the car multiple times before finding the right buyer. Here are some tips for showing your car to potential buyers:

Schedule Test Drives

Test drives are essential for buyers to get a feel for the car, so you’ll want to accommodate them. Schedule test drives at times that work for both of you. Meet in a public place like a parking lot first to verify their license and insurance. Go with them on the test drive. Limit drives to 10-15 minutes. Be clear on rules like no extended highway driving.

Answer Questions

Prospective buyers will have lots of questions. Be ready to answer queries on the car’s history, maintenance, repairs, mileage, accidents, etc honestly. Refer to your records, paperwork and the UVIP. Don’t make up answers if you don’t know. Offer to take the car for an inspection if they want. The more transparent you are, the easier the sale will be.

Showing the car properly and addressing buyer concerns builds trust. Avoid pressure tactics and let them carefully inspect the vehicle. Patience, understanding and clear communication will help ensure a smooth process.

 

Screen Potential Buyers

Selling a used vehicle privately opens you up to potential scams, so it’s crucial to screen buyers thoroughly before agreeing to a sale. Here are some tips for spotting scams and verifying serious buyers:

 

  • Ask to see the buyer’s driver’s license and take a photo of it. Run a search on their name and phone number to verify identity.
  • Require interested buyers to contact you first before revealing your address or meeting location. Avoid buyers who won’t communicate outside of messaging apps.
  • Be skeptical of anyone offering to pay the full asking price without seeing the car, or anyone asking you to accept payment in a non-traditional way like wire transfer or prepaid card.
  • Insist on meeting in person before agreeing to a sale. Be wary if a buyer tries to handle the entire sale remotely or through a third party.
  • Ask questions to gauge car knowledge and interest. Beware if the buyer seems uninformed or disinterested in the vehicle details.
  • Do a test drive with the buyer. Scammers likely won’t waste time coming in person.
  • Verify phone numbers by calling and texting the buyer. Be suspicious of internet-based or temporary numbers.
  • Search online for the buyer’s name and phone number. Scam reports from other sellers can reveal suspicious activity.
  • Trust your instincts during interactions. Push back if something seems odd or communications become aggressive.

 

Taking precautions allows you to feel out buyer motivations and avoid handing over your car or personal information carelessly. Protect yourself by thoroughly screening all potential buyers.

 

Negotiate the Sale Price

When negotiating the sale price, it’s important to have done your research on fair market pricing and know what room you have to negotiate. Here are some tips for negotiating the best sale price when selling your used car in Ontario:

 

  • Research prices for similar vehicles – Look at listings for vehicles with similar mileage, condition, features, etc. to get a good sense of the current market price. Resources like AutoTrader, Kijiji Autos, and CarGurus can help.
  • Set a target price – Based on your research, decide the ideal price you’d like to get. Price a little above this target to leave room for negotiation.
  • Point out your car’s strengths – Emphasize any recent repairs, upgrades, low mileage, or other positives that justify your asking price.
  • Be willing to negotiate – Expect buyers will counteroffer a lower price and negotiate. Go in with a mindset of being flexible.
  • Offer test drives – Letting prospects test drive makes them more invested in buying your car.
  • Consider rejecting lowball offers – Don’t feel pressured to accept an excessively low offer. Politely stand firm on getting a fair price.
  • Sweeten the deal – Consider throwing in new all-season tires, recent repairs, winter tires on rims, or other incentives to seal the deal.

 

By researching prices, knowing your target, and negotiating skillfully, you can likely get very close to your ideal asking price when selling privately in Ontario.

 

Complete the Bill of Sale

The bill of sale is one of the most important documents when selling a car privately in Ontario. It legally transfers ownership of the vehicle from the seller to the buyer. Here are some key details to include on the Ontario bill of sale when selling a used car:

 

Details to Include

Make sure the bill of sale includes the following information:

 

  • Names and addresses of the buyer and seller
  • Date of sale
  • Vehicle details – make, model, year, VIN, mileage etc.
  • Purchase price
  • Statement that the vehicle is being sold “as is”
  • Warranty disclaimer releasing seller of any liability
  • Signatures of both parties

 

Buyer and Seller Copies

It’s recommended to make two original copies of the bill of sale – one for the buyer to keep and one for the seller. Both copies should be identical and signed. The buyer’s copy provides proof of purchase and ownership. The seller’s copy provides legal protection in case the buyer ever has an issue with the vehicle down the road.

Following a bill of sale template and including all key details will ensure a smooth sale process. Don’t forget to bring it with you to ServiceOntario when transferring ownership.

 

Receive Payment

When you’ve agreed on a sale price and are ready to complete the transaction, it’s time to receive payment from the buyer. There are a few things to keep in mind when accepting payment:

 

Payment Methods

Cash, certified cheques, bank drafts, and E-transfers are the recommended payment methods when selling a used vehicle privately in Ontario. Personal cheques can bounce, so it’s best to avoid accepting them. Many sellers also don’t accept credit card payments since there are risks of chargebacks.

 

Deposit

You may choose to accept a deposit upfront when the buyer commits to purchasing your car. This reserves the car for them and shows they are serious. Just make sure to put the deposit amount and terms in the bill of sale. The buyer forfeits the deposit if they back out.

 

Full Amount

It’s recommended that you receive the full agreed upon amount before signing over the ownership. Never let the buyer test drive or take the car before paying in full. There’s too much risk of them taking off with the vehicle or trying to renegotiate after the fact.

Once you’ve been paid and have the cash securely in your possession, you can proceed to finalize the ownership transfer.

 

Transfer Ownership

Once you have sold your car and received payment, it’s time to officially transfer ownership to the buyer. This crucial step must be completed to ensure you are no longer liable for the vehicle.

In Ontario, transferring ownership of a used vehicle is done by visiting Service Ontario with the buyer. You will need to bring the following documents:

 

  • The ownership document (with the completed transfer application on the back)
  • Used Vehicle Information Package (UVIP)
  • Bill of Sale
  • Safety Standards Certificate (if applicable)

 

At Service Ontario, you will fill out the transfer application, including information on both the buyer and seller, date of sale, sale price, and odometer reading. The buyer will also need to provide appropriate identification and payment for any applicable taxes.

It’s important to complete this transfer of ownership immediately after the sale to avoid any liability issues. Don’t let the buyer drive off the lot until it’s fully registered in their name. Service Ontario will provide you with a receipt showing proof that you are no longer the registered owner. Keep this for your records.

Transferring ownership officially closes the transaction. However, don’t forget to notify your insurance company to remove the sold vehicle from your policy.

 

Cancel Insurance

Once you’ve sold your car and transferred ownership, you’ll need to remove it from your auto insurance policy. Call your insurance provider and let them know you’ve sold the vehicle so they can cancel coverage. You’ll likely get a pro-rated refund on any unused premiums you already paid.

Make sure to remove the license plates from the car before handing it over to the new owner. In Ontario, license plates stay with the owner, not the vehicle. Take the plates off and keep them so you can put them on your next car.

If you have any outstanding tickets or fines associated with those plates, they will follow you. The new owner will need to get their own license plates before they can legally drive the vehicle. Make sure you don’t leave your plates on the car when you sell it.

 

Troubleshooting Problems

Despite your best efforts to take all the right steps when selling a car in Ontario, you may still run into issues during or after the sale. Here are some things to watch out for and how to handle them if they come up:

 

Non-Payment

If the buyer takes possession of the vehicle without paying the full agreed-upon amount, you are still the legal owner. Do not hand over the signed ownership until payment is received. If the buyer refuses to pay or return the vehicle, you may need to report the vehicle as stolen and provide the bill of sale as evidence of your claim.

 

Ownership Issues

If the ownership transfer is not completed properly, you could be held responsible for tolls, tickets, accidents, etc. after the sale. Go with the buyer to ServiceOntario and ensure the transfer is processed before handing over the keys. Keep records showing the transfer date. If issues arise later, provide copies to authorities to show it was no longer your vehicle.

 

Conclusion

Selling a used car in Ontario can seem daunting, but breaking the process down into clear steps makes it much more manageable. The keys are getting your paperwork in order, pricing your car competitively, marketing it effectively, and thoroughly screening potential buyers. Taking the time to get your car looking and running its best will maximize your selling price. Follow the ownership transfer process carefully to avoid issues down the road. With some patience and perseverance, you’ll be able to sell your used car smoothly.

As a final recap, focus on setting a fair price using accurate valuation resources, get safety and emissions testing done proactively, meet prospective buyers in a public place, and don’t accept payment until you’ve completed the ownership transfer together. Selling privately takes more effort than trading in your car, but you’ll likely get a better value. Take the opportunity to tell your car’s story in your listings and engage interested buyers to stand out. With preparation and diligence, you can have a successful used car sale.

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Questions About Selling Your Car in Ontario?

To sell your car privately in Ontario, you need to provide the buyer with a Used Vehicle Information Package (UVIP), a completed bill of sale, a safety standards certificate if the car is more than 7 years old, valid emissions test results, and a completed Application for Transfer/Tax Form (on the back of the vehicle permit). Meet the buyer in a public place, verify their identity, accept payment, and sign over the ownership. Then visit ServiceOntario together to transfer ownership officially.

The paperwork required when selling a car in Ontario includes:

 

– Used Vehicle Information Package (UVIP)

 

– Proof of valid emissions test

 

– Safety Standards Certificate if car is over 7 years old

 

– Bill of Sale signed by buyer and seller

 

– Application for Transfer/Tax Form signed on back of vehicle permit

 

– Copy of your driver’s license or other government ID

 

Having all documents in order makes the sale smooth and legal.

A Used Vehicle Information Package (UVIP) provides vehicle history like accidents, liens, odometer disclosure etc. When selling a used car in Ontario, the UVIP legally must be provided to buyer. Available from Ministry of Transportation for $20, it protects buyers from buying a car with hidden issues.

It costs $20 to transfer ownership when selling or gifting a used car in Ontario. The buyer has to pay tax on the car value, which ranges from 0-15% depending on the car price minus trade-in allowance if any. There is no tax if sold to immediate family. Additional fees may apply for plate stickers, safety checks etc.

The safest ways to sell your car privately include:

 

– Meet in a busy public place like a bank parking lot

 

– Do not let buyers test drive alone without holding their ID

 

– Accept certified cheque/electronic payment only after verifying

 

– Complete paperwork together at ServiceOntario to transfer ownership

 

Taking precautions when meeting strangers ensures your safety during a private sale.

Selling privately typically fetches around 20% more money compared to trading it in at a dealership. However trading in is more convenient. Evaluate tax savings, DMV paperwork and safety precautions before deciding what works best for your situation. Dealers handle all paperwork but offer much less than private buyers.

When buying a used car in Ontario, make sure the seller provides:

 

– UVIP to check lien or theft records

 

– Valid safety standards certificate

 

– Emissions test results

 

– Application for Transfer/Tax Form

 

– Bill of sale with details of sale

 

– Owner signs completed transfer form

 

Review documents carefully before purchase to avoid issues later.

No, all vehicles over 7 years old require a valid safety standards certificate when selling in Ontario. Safety certificates are issued after mechanics inspect items like brakes, lights, suspension etc. Newer cars under 7 years are exempt if no structural damage. Ensure the certificate is current as buyers need it to transfer ownership.

If selling to a stranger, tax is calculated as:

 

(Sale price – trade-in allowance) x tax rate

 

Tax rate ranges from 0% for under $5,000 to 15% for over $55,000. Immediate family pays no tax. The buyer pays this tax, not the seller. HST may also apply. Check CRA guidelines for latest tax rates when selling your car.

To get proof of ownership for your car in Ontario:

 

– Locate your vehicle ownership permit which shows you as the legal owner

 

– Get Used Vehicle Information Package to show no liens on car title

 

– Request bill of sale from dealership if purchased from used car lot

 

– Contact Ministry of Transportation for help finding ownership documents

 

Having a vehicle permit or Ontario registration proves legal ownership.

A bill of sale for selling a car privately in Ontario should include:

 

– Full names and addresses of buyer and seller

 

– Vehicle details – make, model, year, mileage, VIN

 

– Sale price and date vehicle was sold

 

– Warranties included or excluded

 

– Signatures of both parties involved

 

Including key details protects both the buyer and yourself from issues later on.

It is generally risky to buy a used car in Ontario without seeing it in person first. To minimize getting scammed if seeing the car is not possible:

 

– Ask for plenty of photos, including VIN plate & odometer

 

– Get vehicle history report and inspection from trusted shops

 

– Verify identity of seller & ensure they have legal title

 

– Use escrow services to secure & validate payment

 

Seeing firsthand before buying is best to avoid getting a lemon. Proceed with extreme caution if impossible to view in-person.

If you sell a used vehicle in Ontario without transferring ownership, you could face:

 

– Parking tickets or speeding fines if new owner violates rules

– Legal liability if new owner causes accident

– Traffic violations appearing on your record

– Trouble during license or plate renewal

– Difficulty proving you sold the car

 

Transfer ownership promptly after selling to avoid headaches. Penalties get worse the longer records show you as the owner.

When selling a used car to a family member in Ontario:

 

  1. Provide same paperwork as private sale

 

  1. Complete transfer/tax form with buyer’s details

 

  1. Visit ServiceOntario to transfer ownership

 

  1. Pay $20 fee (no tax if direct relative)

 

  1. Update insurance to reflect new owner

 

Following official transfer process, even for family, keeps all legal responsibilities separate.



Common car selling scams in Ontario include:

 

– Fake certified cheques and e-transfers

 

– Buyers taking cars for test drives and never returning

 

– Selling cars still on lien without bank permission

 

– Odometer rollbacks to show inflatedly low mileage

 

– Out-of-country buyers scamming with fake IDs

 

Be vigilant about verifying payment and buyer identity to avoid being scammed during private sales.

When trading in your car to a dealership in Ontario, have these forms ready:

 

– Ownership with signed transfer/tax form

 

– Safety standards certificate if required

 

– Valid emissions test results

 

– Bill of sale listing trade-in value & purchase details

 

– Photo ID like driver’s license

 

Dealerships handle Registry paperwork but require legal proof of ownership transfer from your end. Come prepared.

To check for liens against your car’s title in Ontario, you need to request a Used Vehicle Information Package (UVIP) from the Ministry of Transportation. The UVIP provides vehicle history including:

 

– Any outstanding liens

 

– Theft or damage declarations

 

– Import records

 

– Odometer disclosures

 

Checking for liens protects against selling a vehicle still tied to a loan without bank permission.

To find a bill of sale template for selling your car in Ontario:

 

– Download from ServiceOntario’s website

 

– Ask for blank form at ServiceOntario locations

 

– Use CAA’s customizable online bill of sale creator

 

– Copy template from Government of Canada website

 

– Use legal self-help sites with Ontario bill of sale forms

 

Having proper bill of sale paperwork protects buyer and seller in a private sale.

To remove your name from the car ownership after selling your car to someone else in Ontario:

 

  1. Meet new owner at ServiceOntario

 

  1. Submit completed transfer/tax form with their details

 

  1. Pay $20 fee to transfer ownership

 

  1. Confirm change by requesting record search

 

Following official ownership transfer process at ServiceOntario removes all trace of your name from the vehicle records.

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