Private individuals are one source of used vehicles, often advertised through a variety of online marketplaces. Buying a car privately has the advantage of dealing directly with the previous owner but also with the risk of falling prey to distrustful individuals. In Ontario, every private seller is required to provide a Used Vehicle Information Package (UVIP) which supplies the car's vehicle identification number (VIN) and other critical information – including if there is a financial lien on the vehicle. Make sure the seller gives you the UVIP, a signed Bill of Sale, and a completely signed Application for Transfer.
Take care not to privately purchase your used car from what's sometimes known as a curbsider. These individuals generally sell their vehicles from home (curbside, get it?), which may lead one to assume they're simply getting rid of the family vehicle. In reality, curbsiders buy up used vehicles at low prices and try to flip them for a profit. With their eye squarely on their wallet and not the car's mechanical fitness, the chances of ending up with a bad buy are fairly high. A recent registration or a registration that's not yet in the seller's name are clues you're dealing with a curbsider.