Before buying a used vehicle, check the Registre des droits personnels et réels mobiliers (register of personal and movable real rights—in French only) to make sure it is free of debt. If you buy a vehicle that has not been paid for in full, it can be seized by the creditor.
You can also request the vehicle's ownership history from the SAAQ to find out:
To obtain the vehicle's ownership history, you can:
If the buyer or the seller has an unpaid fine for an offence under the Highway Safety Code or under a municipal traffic or parking bylaw.
The Bureau des infractions et amendes and the municipal courts are responsible for collecting fines. You cannot pay a fine at an SAAQ service outlet.
To check whether the vehicle can be registered, you can use our online service.
The buyers must designate a registrant. For more information, see our Registering a Co-Owned Vehicle Fact Sheet (PDF, 137.2 ko)This file does not meet the Web accessibility standard..
The business must be registered with the Registraire des entreprises (enterprise register) because you need to provide your Québec enterprise number (NEQ) to register your vehicle.
It cannot be put back into operation until it has undergone a mechanical inspection carried out by a road vehicle inspection agent authorized by the SAAQ and a mechanical inspection certificate has been issued confirming that the vehicle meets the applicable standards.
Last update: March 3, 2023