Any person, partnership, sole proprietor or company selling or leasing motor vehicles to retail consumers in British Columbia must be licensed as a motor dealer. Anyone selling more than five vehicles per year is automatically deemed to be a dealer under BC law. However, the sale of even one vehicle to a retail consumer as a business activity may require a licence.
Fees are based on the type of vehicles sold and the number of vehicles sold or the number of demonstration licence plates (or D-plates) issued by ICBC. Application fees and annual contributions to the Motor Dealer Customer Compensation Fund also apply. See the Motor Dealer Licence Fee Schedule here.
The Motor Dealer Act and the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act are very important.
Plain language explanations of their requirements can be found in:
Others include the federal Competition Act and B.C.’s Personal Information Protection Act.
Contact VSA Licensing at firstname.lastname@example.org