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Buy a new vehicle

Before buying a new car, it pays to do your research. We’ve pulled together some tips to help get you started, plus information on how to register, license and insure your new vehicle.

Tips on researching new vehicles

  • What do you need the vehicle for: commuting, work, family? Which models are you interested in? Write down your needs and favourite vehicles.

  • Research vehicle safety features.

  • Research fuel efficiency.

  • Research sticker prices. Remember that the type of vehicle you buy can affect your insurance costs. Ask your Autoplan broker for details.

  • Research leases, purchase options and resale value.

  • Take each vehicle for a thorough test drive and take notes.

Registering, licensing and insuring your new vehicle

When you pick up your vehicle from the dealership, you'll need to register, license and insure it. The dealership will either have an on-site insurance broker or the broker will have an office nearby.

The broker will help you with all of the registration, licensing and insurance paperwork. You can expect to register, license and insure your vehicle on the same day you pick it up from the dealership. You might want to consider optional extended coverage for your vehicle.

PST on vehicles

If you are buying or importing a vehicle or giving or receiving a gift vehicle there may be provincial sales tax applicable and exemptions may apply. Find out more in EnglishChinese or Punjabi

If you have more questions, talk to your Autoplan broker or read the B.C. Government bulletin on vehicle tax.