You can find affordable public transportation facilities depending on where you live in Canada. However, having your car makes things easier and helps you save time, which can be used for better and more productive purposes.
However, the first thing that one needs to remember before purchasing a car is to ensure that there is an absolute need for one and that it is not an avoidable purchase. Wherever possible, try to use the available options for public transportation to do our bit towards our environment. If your circumstances necessitate purchasing a car, as a student, the best option would be to purchase an already used car. It makes both financial and environmental sense so that you don’t end up paying a lot. As a student, you would already have enough expenses, and adding a car loan does not ease your burden. Besides the financial burden, buying a new car can be very time-consuming as it involves dealing with dealerships, brokers, and banks to finalize the purchase. Spending time and energy looking for a new car leaves you little time to navigate your studies.
Now that the need to purchase a car has been established let us look at all the steps you would have to go through to complete your purchase. Before that, do remember that there are multiple options in vehicles and car deals to go through in great detail before you finalize a car that suits your requirements.
Steps to be taken care of before buying a used car in Canada:
1. Before you begin shopping for your car, make sure that you have made up your mind about the intended usage of the vehicle and the number of people apart from yourself who will be using the car. Consider factors like the vehicle brand, safety ratings, seating capacity, comfort level of seating, and the value of the vehicle if it has to be resold again. Most importantly, be very clear about your affordability. Taking a tour of all the display options can get very tempting, and it is easy to get swayed by easy lending options. Remember, the goal is convenience, not an additional financial burden.
2. most homework can be done online from home in this digital world. Do your research by visiting websites that offer a comparative analysis and review of various car models available in the market. Go through customer reviews, and look out for local auctions, newspapers, and used car sales with dealerships in the area where you live.
3. Once you have finalized a car, ask for a certified vehicle history report from an authorized agency to make an informed decision. It would be best if you got a mechanic to inspect the vehicle to ensure there are no defects or areas you should be worried about. Knowing the vehicle’s exact technical condition, in detail, gives you an upper hand on the negotiation table.
4. Needless to say, only buy a vehicle after a test drive. Also, ensure that you possess the Used Car Information Package, A Drive Clean Emissions Test, a Safety Standards Certificate, and any other necessary forms before signing the dotted line and legally transferring the car ownership.
Some prerequisites for buying a used car in Canada:
1. First, ensure you have a valid driving license and auto insurance. Since you are an international student, you may have a driving license in your own country. If so, take your license to an authorized store. Most countries have a reciprocal agreement with Canada, saving you the hassle of going through the entire process again. A confirmation of your driving experience certified by the Embassy is required. If the confirmation is written in a language other than English, it must be re-written in English through a certified translator.
Once your driving experience is acknowledged and established, you must pass a vision test and appear for a written knowledge test. This test establishes how well you know the rules of the province you live in. The final stage of being licensed involves a road test requiring at least 12 months of driving experience. If you fall short of this duration, you must gain a minimum experience of 12 months before taking the road test.
Auto insurance is another prerequisite for the purchase of a car.
2. a SIN (Social Insurance Number) is mandatory for a student car loan as all purchases above ten thousand dollars must be communicated to the Revenue Agency. A Social Insurance Number is a unique nine-digit number allotted to individuals that allows you to access government programs and benefits and entitles you to be paid. In case you do not have an SIN allotted to you, the following documentation will help you apply for a SIN:
– A study permit issued by the Citizenship and Immigration Canada
– A visitor record confirming that you have been authorized to work in Canada
Apart from these documents, a Note of Permission of Employment issued by either Global Affairs Canada or Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Canada, and a diplomatic identity card will be required.
Once these documents are in place, you can visit an authorized Service Canada store and formally apply for a new SIN.
Now that we have all the required documentation, applying for a student car loan can be set in motion.
-Always remember that every lender wants an assurance that the amount they are loaning to you will be paid back promptly before you leave the country. Hence, ensure that your loan application indicates some income predictability to minimize the chances of being seen as a risky creditor. If you are enrolled in a long-term educational program for which the earnings are predictable or the program is being sponsored by a foreign government, your chances of securing a loan are higher.
-You may need more savings to make a large down payment because you are a student. If your financial circumstances have allowed you the benefit of making some savings over some time, do consider the option of making a significant down payment. A significant down payment makes it easier for the lender and yourself, as neither of you has to worry about a longer tenure in repaying the remaining part of the payment.
-Another important factor is to ensure that the term of your loan is well within the expiry date of the permit issued to you.
A car loan is a great way of building your credit history, especially if you intend to move permanently to Canada or extend your stay for a prolonged period.
The years of your life spent as a student are one of the most cherished and, simultaneously, one of the most financially challenging days. Make sure that each moment counts by allowing yourself the convenience of a car that is well within your planned budget and allows you to stop worrying about the mundane aspects of your life and concentrate on that esteemed education you are here for!
Q. Is it a good option to go for a used car instead of a new car in Canada?
Yes, you can buy many good pre-owned cars, which could help when you cannot afford a brand-new car.
Q. If the car I purchased has some faults and issues, can I return it?
Yes. Within 30 days of purchasing, a full refund can be given if the car has a proven fault.
Q. What is the minimum warranty period for a used car in Canada?
Three months. Some franchised dealers also offer warranties ranging from 6 months to 12 years, depending on the car’s age.