I have seen Carfax on Auto trader etc. but I have never used it.
The Transport Canada Site also has The Motor Vehicle Safety Recalls Database. You can enter the year and make of the vehicle and it will give you all of the information on the recalls and defects.
If “certified” at a dealership, they actually have to show you the inspection, repairs, reports.
We also have Canadian Motor Vehicle Arbitration Plan - which is for lemon cars versus the manufacturer.
If a vehicle is repaired from an accident in Saskatchewan, it goes through an SGI (Sask Govt Insurance) body shop and that is the only way that the auto body shop is paid.
People need to do their ‘due diligence’ when purchasing a vehicle privately…check the vin, check the recalls, check whether they have been done, etc. There are many stolen vehicles out there, if you don’t check, and you buy one privately for a “good deal”, most likely the police will end up at your door and seize it and you will be out the money you paid for the vehicle. Or the vehicle was in a flood in southern US, and was sold on Kijiji. So many scenarios to look at before purchasing a used vehicle.
@Jim7 - you derailed us from “cans” to “cars” in this topic…should it be moved…?