Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council (AMVIC)

Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council (AMVIC)

March 26, 2014 11:00 ET

Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council: Watch Out for Curbers

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - March 26, 2014) - March is Fraud Prevention Month and the Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council reminds Albertans in the market for a vehicle to watch out for curbers. Curbers are individuals who make a living, or at least extra cash, buying and selling vehicles through private sales.

Consumers might have sold to a curber or bought from a curber and not even realized it. A curber often appears to be private seller who tells a believable story to make a quick sale. What buyers do not realize is that they are actually dealing with someone who makes money selling cars but is not licensed to do so.

"If anything goes wrong, you have little recourse," John Bachinski, executive director of AMVIC said. "Once the deal is complete, curbers frequently disappear along with their contact information."

Why does it matter?

AMVIC-licensed businesses have clear guidelines for the advertisement and sale of vehicles that protect consumers.

All AMVIC-registered salespeople must complete a course on the rules and regulations they are required to follow and the need to ensure consumers understand what they are buying. Plus, a consumer who buys a car from a licensed business will have additional protections, potentially including access to AMVIC's compensation fund.

Spot a curber

Curbers are often anxious to make a sale.

You might find their phone number used on multiple ads for different vehicles-legitimate private sellers usually only have one vehicle for sale.

If you think you might be dealing with a curber, a quick search on amvic.org can tell you if you are doing business with a registered salesperson or licensed business. If you cannot find who you are dealing with, you can call AMVIC to be certain.

"People can help put a stop to curbing by refusing to do business with a curber and by reporting potential curbers to AMVIC,"
Bachinski said.

For more information or to report a potential curber click here.

About AMVIC: The Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council (AMVIC) is a regulatory organization authorized by the Minister of Service Alberta to enforce and administer the following legislation in relation to automotive business: the Fair Trading Act; the Automotive Business Regulation; the Cost of Credit Disclosure Regulation, and the Internet Sales Contract Regulation. AMVIC's mandate is to provide consumer protection in

Alberta's motor vehicle industry. AMVIC publishes valuable information and tips for consumers, businesses and salespeople at www.amvic.org.

Contact Information

  • Media inquiries may be directed to:
    Laura Lowe
    Manager of Communications and Education
    Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council
    780-468-0476
    LLowe@amvic.org