Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Starts Next Week: Alberta Brings in New Rules on Car Repairs, Purchases

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Starts Next Week: Alberta Brings in New Rules on Car Repairs, Purchases

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Alberta changes rules on auto buying, repairs

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CALGARY - Starting next week, there will be new rules in Alberta for selling autos or getting them fixed.

Service Alberta Minister Brian Malkinson says the changes go into effect on Wednesday and will increase transparency and better protect consumers.

Sellers will have to give buyers the complete history of a vehicle, including major damage from accidents and whether the vehicle was used for commercial purpose.

Auto shops will have to provide written estimates when asked, and get a customer's consent before starting repair work.

All outstanding liens on a vehicle will have to be removed no later than a week after it's sold, and there will be standardized agreements on deposits.

Also next week, the Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council, which is the industry regulator, becomes a public agency to augment its oversight and enforcement powers. …

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