|It is a good idea to research the car market before you purchase a car. Settlement.org offers great information about what to think about when you are buying a car.
There are many websites that provide information to help you decide what car is best for you and your family. Here are some of the more helpful ones:
- Auto Trader is an online database of thousands of cars for sale, from both dealerships and private owners.
- Auto Catch is another great source to find many cars for sale in Canada.
- Canadian Driver’s New Buyer’s Guide offers reviews from drivers, pricing information and mechanical specifications for vehicles sold in Canada
- Canadian Car Buying Guide is an online tool to help you decide what vehicle is best for you and your family.
- Car Cost Canada helps you to understand new car prices, and provides information on how to negotiate the lowest price possible.
- Consumer Guide Automotive provides user reviews on all vehicles, giving you an understanding of the experiences of owners.
- Kijiji.ca is a great place to find deals on used vehicles in the region.
You may also want to visit a car dealership, in your search to purchase a vehicle. For a list of car dealerships near you, select a municipality:
It is the law in Canada that every person who drives here must have auto insurance. Auto insurance protects drivers and owners of vehicles from the high costs of accidents, theft, and vandalism.
Not all insurance providers charge the same price, or offer the same products and services. So, you should shop around for the best value before you sign-up with an insurance company.
For a list of insurance companies near you, select a municipality:
License Plates & Validation Stickers
You must register your vehicle before you are issued Ontario licensed plates. To register your vehicle, you must go to the Driver and Vehicle License Issuing Office. Click here to find the Office closest to you.
The Ministry of Transportation offers more information on how to license a vehicle in Ontario.
License plates are renewed annually, on the vehicle owner’s birthday. To renew a license plate, you must get a new validation sticker every year, and attach it to the upper right-hand corner of your license plate. Owners of vehicles are mailed a renewal application approximately 60 days before your current sticker expires.
If you have a car from another country or province, you have 30 days to register it in Ontario.
To help keep our environment clean, the government created a program called Drive Clean. This program ensures vehicles in Ontario are regularly tested for emission problems. The emissions test is sometimes required to renew a vehicle license plate. It is the responsibility of vehicle owners to repair any problems that are identified by the test.
You can learn more about the Drive Clean program, and if your vehicle needs to pass an emissions test, by going to the Ontario Ministry of Environment website.