Selling or buying a used car in British Columbia
In BC, the car insurance and registrations are handled by The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC), a provincial Crown corporation exclusively through its 900 Autoplan brokers. At this time, we do not assist with the private car sales transactions in BC; however, we are exploring the possibilities.
Steps For The Seller:
- Pick up a Transfer/Tax Form (APV9T) from any Autoplan broker. Due to COVID-19, it is temporarily available for download (see resources).
- Remove licence plates, insurance and registration. The insurance and registration are two parts of the same document (APV250).
- Tear off the bottom, vehicle registration portion.
- Give the registration to the buyer, with seller signature on it. (It must be the original, not a photocopy.)
- After the payment, fill out and sign the Transfer/Tax Form in full. Each of the four pages must have original signatures.
- Cancel insurance or transfer it to a new vehicle.
To cancel insurance, you will visit your Autoplan broker and bring the following:
a piece of primary and secondary ID,
your licence plates, and
your owner’s certificate (insurance and registration).
If you are interested in a VIN car history search, you can access it here.
Steps For The Buyer:
- Get the original vehicle registration, with the owner’s signature on it, from the seller.
- Fill out and sign in full the purchaser’s portion of the Transfer/Tax Form (APV9T). Each of the four pages must have original signatures — electronic signatures are not accepted.
- To complete the transfer, take the registration and Transfer/Tax Form to an Autoplan broker. If the seller cannot visit the Autoplan broker with the buyer, the seller should keep a copy (with original signatures from both buyer and the seller).
- Get the vehicle registered, licensed and insured at the broker’s at the same time.
FEES and TAXES: Car registration costs $18. For a private seller, a total provincial tax rate is 12% on the ICBC’s valuation. The same value windows apply for the luxury tax rates of 15 and 20 per cent on higher-value vehicles. The tax is payable at the time of registration with the ICBC Autoplan provincial insurance broker.