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Buying a car in BC 13-Jan-2012 At 9:13:51 AM james
3rd party insurance is not included in the rego but you need it to get the rego. Get insurance history from all you past insurance policies & the premium should be cheaper (mine went from $1200 to ~$500 with history).

in Alberta you only need a safety certificate if the vehicle is more than 16years old, & even then they usually waive it if the vehicle has been kept registered the whole time. Sounds like BC is similar. Don't buy an out of province vehicle - the safety certificate is twice the cost as a normal inspection & you can all but guarantee they will find a list of (expensive) repairs needed.

snow tires are a must, especially in the Kootenays. Drive slow in the snow.... the Koots are reasonably remote, patchy cell coverage, lots of deer & elk to hit etc. Its not a bad idea to have a sleeping bag in the car if you are road tripping somewhere. You could be in for a long cold night waiting for someone to come pull you out of the ditch.

If you're buying a mini van, don't get a Ford Windstar unless its already had the gearbox replaced...

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