New proposed legislation aims to protect Albertans who are looking to buy or repair a vehicle by holding the automotive industry more accountable and transparent.
The proposed A Better Deal for Consumers and Businesses Act would bring a list of changes to the industry if it gets passed.
“We’re really focused on transparency, so when you go to buy a car, you should know the history of that car,” Service Alberta Minister Stephanie McLean said.
The changes would include requiring automotive businesses to disclose important vehicle information to consumers, like a vehicle’s history, requiring a standard bill of sale for automotive sales, establishing minimum warranty protections for repairs, and requiring repair shops to provide written estimates upon request to consumers prior to beginning work.
“When Albertans buy a car or have theirs repaired, they deserve to have a straightforward experience,” McLean said.
“These changes would help Albertans make more informed decisions, protect their pocketbook and value the work of Alberta’s many trustworthy automotive businesses.”
The government said the bill would also strengthen oversight of the province’s auto regulator, the Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council (AMVIC), by making the council into a public agency.
“It is a very important step to support AMVIC’s mandate of consumer protection in Alberta. Thank you to the Government of Alberta for their leadership and commitment to consumer protection in Alberta,” AMVIC board of directors chair Bill Burnett said.
ARMVIC is responsible for providing consumer protection in the motor vehicle industry.