Buying a Used Car or Motorcycle from an Individual: What You Should Know

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You’re thinking of buying a used car or motorcycle from an individual? This article suggests some useful publications and things to check before buying.

Check the Registre des droits personnels et réels mobiliers (RDPRM)

It’s crucial to make sure that there are no debts or other charges on the used car or motorcycle you want to buy. Why?

Because, if there are, the person who is owed money or has registered a charge will have the right to take back the vehicle even if you bought it and don’t owe any money.

To check if there are charges or debts on a used car or motorcycle that you want to buy, you must consult the Register of Personal and Movable Real Rights (the “RDPRM”). You have to pay a fee to do this.

The RDPRM is a computerized list that anyone can access to check if there are debts or other charges on property.

You can consult the list from the comfort of your home because it is online. You can also get information by phone, mail or fax.

Important !
This article explains in a general way the law that applies in Quebec. This article is not a legal opinion or legal advice. To find out the specific rules for your situation, consult a lawyer or notary.