Registration

Private purchases and trades in Manitoba

When you buy a vehicle privately in Manitoba, you will need these documents to register the vehicle and get Autopac coverage:

For most vehicles, a COI is valid for one year from the date it was issued. This means that if the vehicle was inspected within the last year, a new COI isn't necessary to register the vehicle after you've bought it. You'll find information about the vehicle's inspection status on the front of the vehicle registration card, at the bottom right corner.

Usually, you’ll have to register and insure your newly purchased vehicle with Manitoba Public Insurance before you drive it. It’s always best to check with Manitoba Public Insurance or an Autopac agent before driving the vehicle to be sure you have the necessary coverage.

If the vehicles are in different registration classes, you'll either need new licence plates or a special sticker to put on your licence plates when you're transferring registration and insurance from one vehicle to the other.

For example, if you sell your car and purchase a truck for your gardening business, you're changing the registration class of your vehicle. The registration class of a vehicle is on the front of the Vehicle Registration Card, at the top left.

When your replacement vehicle is in a different registration class, you must report the change to any Autopac agent before driving the vehicle. That's when you'll receive the new registration and the special sticker.

You can transfer the licence plates from your currently registered vehicle to your newly acquired vehicle when:

  • both vehicles are in the same registration class
  • you've disposed of the registered vehicle

You have seven days after the day you disposed of your old vehicle to register your replacement vehicle.

For this seven-day period, the same coverage on your old vehicle applies to your new one. For example, if your old vehicle was a motor home or a motorcycle, the declared value limit will carry over to your newly acquired vehicle. The declared value limit is the most you’ll get if your new motor home or motorcycle is written off.

Likewise, if you're changing to a vehicle worth more than $50,000 (including taxes), you'll need extra protection for the amount beyond $50,000. Talk to your Autopac agent.

If the coverage on your old vehicle is insufficient for your newly acquired one, it’s better to re-register and insure your new vehicle immediately with all the correct coverage limits.

If you are relying on the seven-day grace period, always carry documents in your vehicle showing the sale of your old vehicle and the purchase of your new one.

When your replacement vehicle is in a different registration class, you must report the change to an Autopac outlet before driving the vehicle. You'll receive a new registration card and new plates, or a special sticker to put on your current plates.

For example, if you sell your car and purchase a truck, you're changing the registration class of your vehicle. Your vehicle's registration class is shown on the front of your Vehicle Registration Card, at the top left-hand corner.

If you've disposed of your vehicle and you're not planning to replace it immediately, you should cancel your Autopac policy and return your plates to any Autopac outlet. If you choose to keep your plates for future use, an Autopac agent will return them to you.

If you haven’t disposed of your currently registered vehicle, you must register and insure your new vehicle at an Autopac outlet before you drive it. You can’t use one set of plates for your two vehicles.

Buy from the legal owner

The registered owner and the legal owner aren’t necessarily the same person! When you buy a vehicle privately, make sure you are buying from the legal owner. Only the legal owner has the right to sell or dispose of the vehicle. You’ll find the legal owner’s name on the right-hand side of the registration card. The registered owner’s name is on the left-hand side of the registration card.

Liens

You can find out about any liens on the vehicle by phoning the Personal Property Registry at 204-945-3123.

Check the vehicle's status

The Stolen and Wrecked Vehicle Monitoring Program identifies potentially unsafe write-offs and stolen vehicles and prevents them from being registered.

Through this program, all written-off or stolen vehicles are tracked by their vehicle identification number and assigned a status:

  • Stolen: The vehicle has been reported to police and not yet recovered. A stolen vehicle cannot be registered until police remove the stolen designation.
  • Irreparable: A write-off damaged to such an extent that it has no value except as a source of parts or scrap metal. An irreparable vehicle can never be registered again.
  • Salvageable: A write-off that can be rebuilt. A salvageable vehicle cannot be registered until its status is changed to rebuilt.
  • Rebuilt: A salvageable vehicle that has been repaired to standards and has received both a Body Integrity Inspection Certificate (BIIC) and a Certificate of Inspection (COI).

Before buying, ask the owner to show you the vehicle's Transfer of Ownership Document (TOD). The TOD shows the vehicle's status.

Call us with the vehicle's serial number and we'll check whether the vehicle has ever been an Autopac write-off. In Winnipeg, call 204-985-7000. Outside Winnipeg, call 1-800-665-2410 toll-free.

Note: We can only tell you if the vehicle was ever written-off in Manitoba.

Caution: You should have any used vehicle thoroughly inspected by a trusted mechanic before buying it.

Check for vehicle recalls

It’s possible the vehicle you are considering may be the subject of an open recall issued by the vehicle manufacturer. As some vehicle recalls are safety-related, you should check Transport Canada’s website to identify if any recalls apply and check with the current vehicle owner to determine if they have been addressed. You can search for vehicle manufacturer recalls by vehicle make, model and model year and learn more about vehicle recalls in general on Transport Canada’s website.