Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan

FCAA is Saskatchewan’s financial and consumer marketplace regulator.

Curbers

  • Curbers

    A curber is someone who is in the business of selling vehicles without a licence. The word curber comes from the practice of parking vehicles on the side of the road/curb with a “For Sale” sign.

    Curbers often get poor-quality cars and sell them from parking lots. They advertise through local newspapers and online ads and do not disclose a vehicle's history to potential buyers, often hiding serious accident damage or a sabotaged odometer. Curbers may have the same phone number listed for many cars, often asking "which car?" when a potential buyer calls. They may say they are selling vehicles for friends or have sad stories to tell. They often insist on meeting in parking lots and rush people into buying. The name on the vehicle documents will likely not match the ones on their drivers’ licences. Curbers want cash and may ask buyers to lie on the title transfer documents to save money.

    Most importantly, curbers operate illegally and often ignore consumer protection legislation that licensed dealers are bound by. Unlike licensed dealers, curbers are not bonded and typically don’t have locatable addresses or approved forms of contract.

    For information about curbers select from the options below.

     

     

    Five tips to spot a curber:

    1. Ask for a driver’s licence - Compare their ID to the vehicle registration form (don’t accept a photocopy). If the seller’s ID doesn’t match the registration, be careful, this is a red flag.
    2. Multiple listings - Do you see the same phone number and different names with multiple vehicle listings in ads? You may be looking at a curber vehicle.
    3. Meet at a coffee shop or the mall - Curbers do not want you to know where they live or do business. They insist on meeting at coffee shops or mall parking lots to show you the vehicle and finalize the sale.
    4. Cash sales only - Curbers love cash sales. Cash is hard to track and leaves no paper trail.
    5. Sob story - Curbers use sob stories to play a person’s general good nature and kindness. They will use these stories to rush the sale, using guilt and sympathy to keep a person distracted from evaluating the vehicle properly.

     

    Check the vehicle identification number

    The SGI VIN Search is a free service that looks up the following information:

    • the status of the vehicle (e.g. normal, rebuilt, stolen, total loss, unsafe or unrepairable)
    • its most recent Saskatchewan registration expiry date
    • its damage claims history in Saskatchewan since Nov. 1, 2002
    • whether the Saskatchewan PST is payable

    There are additional VIN search options, including the Cross Canada VIN Search, which cost nominal fees. Learn more about conducting VIN searches or consult the SGI guide to buying safer vehicles.

     

    Report a curber

    If you would like to report a curber, you can contact FCAA toll free at 1-877-880-5550 or by email: consumerprotection@gov.sk.ca.

    Consumer Protection Division

    Suite 500, 1919 Saskatchewan Drive

    Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 4H2

    Tel: (306)787-5550

    Toll free: (877)880-5550

    Fax: (306)787-9779

    Email: consumerprotection@gov.sk.ca

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