Important Tips for Purchasing a Pre-Owned Vehicle

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There’s a lot to consider when it comes to shopping for a pre-owned vehicle. Before making your purchase, there are important questions you should ask. There’s also important information you need to know about the pre-owned vehicle history. Whether you’re looking to buy privately or through a used car dealership, you should consider what you’re getting for the overall price.

You should consider whether or not the pre-owned vehicle has been “safetied”. When a vehicle has been safetied, it means that the vehicle has been inspected by a licensed automotive service technician to meet minimum road safety requirements. Once your vehicle meets these requirements, it will come with a safety standards certificate.

It’s important to know that a safety inspection is not a warranty or guarantee of the vehicle’s condition. If a vehicle has been safetied, it simply means that it meets minimum safety standards to be driven on the road.

You are able to purchase and register a vehicle that has not been safetied, however, you cannot put license plates on your vehicle without the certificate. Sometimes, a vehicle may cost less because it is being sold “as-is”. But you do have to consider the costs associated with having the vehicle towed to a mechanic and the cost of then having the vehicle safetied. If the vehicle does not pass all standards, you’ll also have to consider the cost of bringing the vehicle up to safety standards.

Vehicles must pass a safety inspection at a licensed Ministry of Transportation (MTO) station.


At our AutoPark Superstores, you can have peace of mind knowing that all of our pre-owned inventory has been safetied and is ready for the road. You won’t have to worry about additional safety inspections, because our team of licensed automotive technicians inspect all vehicles before sale. In addition to safety and reliability, you’ll experience the benefits of shopping at one of our AutoPark Superstores.

The AutoPark Advantage

Our AutoPark Superstores make up Ontario’s largest used car network. With a shared inventory of over 1500 vehicles, our AutoPark stores are your top destination for the largest selection of pre-owned inventory. We can retrieve inventory from other dealership locations across The Humberview Group. Best of all, all Humberview Group vehicles come with a Carfax report, so you’ll always know the history of your vehicle of choice.

But you can expect even more from our AutoPark Superstores. We want to ensure that you’re completely confident in the vehicle you take home, so we offer additional perks to give you added peace of mind.

Important Tips For Purchasing A Pre-Owned Vehicle

If you want to get a better feel for your vehicle, we offer a 7-day/500 km exchange policy. Within this time, if you feel that your vehicle isn’t the best fit for you, you can exchange it, hassle-free. We also offer a 90-day limited powertrain warranty for added peace of mind.

Shopping with AutoPark is easy. We have 4 locations to serve you better: Barrie, Brampton, Georgetown and Mississauga. Whichever location is best for you, we’re here to help you feel comfortable when purchasing your next pre-owned vehicle. We invite you to visit one of our AutoPark Superstore locations today. We’re committed to providing you with standout customer service to create a unique car-buying experience.

We look forward to seeing you soon!