News Release - May 12, 1999
SGI OFFERS A NEW USED VEHICLE INFORMATION INITIATIVE
Deputy Premier and Crown Investments Corporation Minister Dwain
Lingenfelter today announced a new SGI customer service initiative
that will provide information on the history of used vehicles to the
Effective May 17, SGI will make information available on the history
of used vehicles. Upon request, SGI will conduct a vehicle serial
number search of databases in jurisdictions across Canada and pass
along the results to the customer. The request for information can be
made at any SGI motor licence issuer.
"This service is available thanks to jurisdictions sharing more
vehicle registration information with each other," Lingenfelter said.
"Most jurisdictions have started collecting this information over the
past few years. SGI customers will now be able to check on the status
of any used vehicle they are considering for purchase."
"The Saskatchewan Automobile Dealers' Association is happy to see SGI
make this service available," said Ben Holden, president of the
Saskatchewan Automobile Dealers' Association. "Auto dealers around
the province will now have a quick and convenient way to check on the
status of used vehicles they are considering for purchase or for
The new initiative will provide information on whether a vehicle is
eligible for registration in Saskatchewan and any recorded information
available from other Canadian jurisdictions, including:
Whether a vehicle has a total loss, rebuilt, non-repairable or
stolen status in any Canadian jurisdiction;
Whether a vehicle is eligible for registration in
Whether there is a record of the vehicle being registered
in another jurisdiction;
Whether the vehicle must be inspected before being
registered in Saskatchewan;
Whether E & H tax is payable.
To protect individuals' privacy, no names or other information on
current or past vehicle owners will be passed along as part of
the service. A $10 fee will be charged for the service.
"The entire history of a used vehicle may not always be
available, as some jurisdictions do not have as comprehensive a
database as others," Lingenfelter said. "SGI is committed to
providing all the information that is available. This new
service will bring SGI customers the assurance they need that a
vehicle they are considering for purchase, is eligible for
registration in Saskatchewan.
"While the service will provide information on the status of a
vehicle, the principle of buyer beware' still applies. SGI
encourages people considering purchasing a used vehicle to have
it evaluated for mechanical fitness, safety and body integrity."
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