SELLING A CAR IN ONTARIO

Application for Vehicle Transfer in Ontario
  • Prepare your vehicle for sale in Ontario by purchasing a Used Vehicle Information Package (UVIP)

    If you are in Ontario and are ready to sell your car, the first thing you must do is purchase a UVIP (Used Vehicle Information Package). This package will tell the buyer about your vehicle registration history, how many past owners this vehicle had and if there area any liens on this vehicle. If you discover that there is a lien on your vehicle, you must clear the lien first before selling the car. Service Ontario may not register the vehicle in the purchaser's name when there is a registered lien.

    The UVIP will also tell you what the government thinks the Retail and Wholesale value of your vehicle is. To get a UVIP, visit any Service Ontario Branch

  • Make sure you locate and sign your vehicle ownership

    A vehicle sale in Ontario requires that you hand over the VEHICLE PORTION of the ownership to the new owner. As a seller, you must sign the back of the ownership in the "Signature of Seller" section. You must also write in the name and address of the new owner in the "Name of New Owner (Buyer)" section of the top of the Ontario vehicle ownership. This section of the ownership is called "Application for Vehicle Transfer / Demande de transfert due vehicule"

  • Remove your license plates

    You will need some tools for this! Usually a 10mm socket or a phillips screw driver can do the trick. If  you don't have tools, the tow truck driver taking your car away may be able to assist, but be sure to ask ahead of time! Your can return your old license plates to Service Ontario along with the PERMIT (Plate) PORTION of the vehicle ownership (Right side). If your license plate validation tag is still valid, Service Ontario can give you a credit for the remaining number of months/years for use in the future. They do not provide cash refunds.

  • Get a quote and arrange for a pick-up of your old scrap car

    There are Scrap Yards in Ontario that operate their own tow trucks. You can call for a quote and arrange a date and time for a pick-up. Most offer free towing. Ask to make sure the scrap yard is licensed. There are lots of lone scrappers operating without a license and curb-siding vehicles in Ontario. You will have peace of mind when you work with a licensed yard, knowing that your vehicle isn't swapping hands or that someone is driving the vehicle without transferring it out of your name.

Scrap Car FAQ
What is the best way to scrap a car?

The best way to scrap a car in Ontario is by using a Licensed Auto Scrap Yard or a Salvage Yard. Some crap yards offer free towing if you can't drive your vehicle to a scrap yard. This is an easy way to scrap your old car.

Do I need the ownership to scrap a car?

You need your vehicle ownership to scrap your car. If you lost your ownership and can't find it, you may contact the scrap yard to find out if they can make alternate arrangements. Some scrap yards will make exceptions.

Should I let Service Ontario know that I've scrapped my car?

It's always good practice to let Service Ontario know that you've scrapped your vehicle. When you vehicle is purchased, ask for a Bill of Sale, which you can present to the Service Ontario office so they can put a "sold" status on your vehicle. Here's a list of locations at the  Service Ontario Website

How can I get the most money for selling my car?

You can get the most money for your car by following these steps:

  • Make sure your vehicle is clean and presentable
  • Fix any body damage and/or rust
  • Provide all repair bills and service records
  • List your vehicle for sale on many resources
  • Be fair and firm with pricing
Is a used vehicle information package mandatory in Ontario?

Yes. If you are registering a vehicle that has been privately purchased, a UVIP (Used Vehicle Information Package) is required to be purchased at Service Ontario before the vehicle can be registered. You can purchase the UVIP online here

Alternatively, you must provide the UVIP as a seller of a vehicle.

UVIP is not required to scrap your vehicle unless the scrap yard asks for it. This is usually for newer vehicles.

Can I scrap a car without wheels?

You most certainly can. If you have good rims and tires that you'd like to keep for another vehicle or for a friend, you can always scrap a car without wheels. Reputable scrap yards offer flatbed towing services so that your vehicle can be transported without wheels. It's that simple. Just ask for a flatbed tow truck.

What is a scrap car worth in Ontario?

A scrap vehicle in Ontario can be worth anywhere from $100 and up to $10,000 depending on what can be salvaged and re-used from that particular vehicle. Some vehicles are purchased strictly for their bulk weight per tonne at current market rates, and others will get assessed based on parts resale value.

What paperwork do you need to scrap a car?

To scrap a car in Ontario, the owner of the vehicle must present the scrap yard with the original vehicle ownership document. At the same time, it is recommended that a Bill of Sale is produced by the Scrap Yard for the seller's record.

What should I remove from a vehicle before I scrap it?

It is advisable that you remove the following items from your car before scrapping it:

  • Aftermarket Navigation Systems
  • 407 Transponder
  • Garage Opener
  • Cell Phone Holder
  • Phone chargers
  • Household Garbage
  • Loose Change

There may be other items which we haven't covered, but this gives you a good idea to remove these items before scrapping your car.

How do I dispose of old license plates in Ontario?

To dispose of old license plates in Ontario, you have several options:

  1. Return the license plates to Service Ontario. If the validation stickers are still valid, you will get a credit for future use.
  2. Keep your plates to use on a different or newly purchased vehicle. Be sure not loose the original Permit Portion (Plate portion) of the vehicle ownership which you must keep when you sell or scrap your car.
How much do you get for scrapping a car in Ontario?

You can expect to get anywhere from $100 and up to $10,000 for scrapping your car in Ontario. The payout will depend of the vehicle condition and value.

How do I get rid of a car in Toronto?

You can get rid of a car in Toronto by calling Auto Heaven Toronto at 416-256-4843. Your vehicle will be towed same-day and you will get cash for your car.

ARE YOU CONSIDERING SCRAPPING YOUR CAR?

Get a free no-obligation quote by phone. In most cases, we will pick up your old car the same day.