How to spot a curber
A curber is an unlicensed individual or business selling vehicles for profit, often while posing as a private seller. Some operate more openly, usually also ignoring local bylaws, refusing to get a business licence or pay tax on their income. Curbers offer none of the protections the law provides for purchases from a Vehicle Sales Authority licensed dealer.
How do I know if I’m dealing with a curber?
What if I bought from a curber and have a problem?
If you purchased from an unlicensed seller, the VSA has very limited authority to assist you. However, action may be taken to protect future buyers.
Step one: Use the VSA Licensee Search to confirm the seller is not licensed as a dealer or a salesperson. If they are licensed, file a complaint.
Step two: If you believe the person you purchased from is operating as an unlicensed motor dealer, report them using the Report an Unlicensed Motor Dealer “Curber” Form.
Who needs to be licensed as a dealer?
Anyone selling more than five vehicles per year is automatically deemed to be a dealer under BC law. However, the sale of even one vehicle to a retail consumer as a business activity may require a licence.